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October 25, 2019

Dragons v Glasgow Warriors

Posted by Editor on October 25, 2019 09:55 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Nikola Matawalu is the Warrior to Watch
Glasgow travel to Rodney Parade to take on Dragons this weekend so Disco takes a look at the statistics behind what is usually a tricky fixture for the Warriors.

You can read more of Disco's thoughts on Glasgow's pursuit of the PRO14 title and European Cup progress, as well as the fortunes of Scotland's international teams, at his excellent blog Top of the Moon.

KO 3.00pm
Rodney Parade
Saturday 26th October 2019
Live on Premier Sports 2 *

The Dragons are looking for their first PRO14 win at Rodney Parade of 2019. Glasgow haven't won on this ground for more than 3 years. Something has to give (unless of course there's a 4th draw in the last 18 games between these clubs...) Admittedly these statistical anomalies are partly due to the small number of games involved (this is just the 4th actual home league fixture of the calendar year for Dragons and the Warriors have only travelled to Newport once since that last win in 2016) but they'll sound good as little nuggets of information for the pre-match chat among supporters!

Teams

Dragons

15 Jordan Williams

14 Owen Jenkins
13 Adam Warren
12 Jack Dixon
11 Ashton Hewitt

10 Sam Davies
9 Rhodri Williams (Captain)

1 Brok Harris
2 Richard Hibbard
3 Leon Brown
4 Joe Davies
5 Matthew Screech
6 Huw Taylor
7 Taine Basham
8 Ollie Griffiths

Substitutes

16 Rhys Lawrence
17 Josh Reynolds
18 Lloyd Fairbrother
19 Max Williams
20 James Benjamin
21 Luke Baldwin
22 Arwel Robson
23 Tyler Morgan

Glasgow Warriors

15 Glenn Bryce

14 Kyle Steyn
13 Nick Grigg
12 Stafford McDowall
11 Nikola Matawalu

10 Brandon Thomson
9 Nick Frisby

1 Oli Kebble
2 Grant Stewart
3 Adam Nicol
4 Robert Harley
5 Kiran McDonald
6 Adam Ashe
7 Callum Gibbins (Captain)
8 Matt Fagerson

Substitutes

16 Johnny Matthews
17 Alex Allan
18 D'arcy Rae
19 Andrew Davidson
20 Chris Fusaro
21 Jamie Dobie
22 Huw Jones
23 Ruaridh Jackson

Head to Head:
Back 3 - ADV Glasgow Warriors
Centres - ADV Glasgow Warriors
Half Backs - ADV Dragons
Front Row - ADV Dragons
Second Row - ADV Dragons
Back Row - ADV Glasgow Warriors
Subs - ADV Glasgow Warriors

Glasgow Greetings:
Adam Ashe will make his first appearance in Warriors' colours for more than 6 months. The big back row's previous game was away to Leinster in Round 19 of last season's PRO14. Ashey was only on the pitch for 60 minutes but managed to get through a fierce amount of work, attempting 30 tackles. Hopefully, he can bring that level of graft to proceedings at Dave Parade but with more of an accent on attack this time round!

Warriors One to Watch:
On his return to the side after RWC action it could only be one player - the magical madman, Nikola Matawalu. No back made more appearances for the club last season than Niko did. He was a significant contributor to Glasgow's overwhelming attack

3rd= top tryscorer with 8 (behind George Horne - 12 and Tommy Seymour - 9)
Most metres made with 973
2nd= most defenders beaten with 49 (behind Adam Hastings - 72)
The Flying Fijian is also a pretty handy defender too. Surprisingly powerful for his size he can hit hard when required - and consistently too with the best tackle completion among the Warriors' back 3 players. His instinct for interceptions also makes things awkward for sides trying to go wide.

The winger also loves playing against Welsh sides. He's celebrated some significant milestones versus these teams - debut v Cardiff Blues; 50th game v Dragons; 100th game v Cardiff Blues. He's also bagged more than his fair share of tries with 13 in 30 games for Glasgow against clubs from Wales - a strike rate of 1 every 2.3 matches compared to 1 every 3.3 matches against everyone else. Hopefully a there's another cheeky try or two to come on Saturday afternoon!

Glasgow away to Dragons in the PRO12/14 era:
- 4 wins
- 2 draws
- 1 loss
- 2 Try BPs + 1 Losing BP - 23 points out of a possible 35 (66%)

Previous match-up:

Officials:
Referee: George Clancy (IRFU, 117th Championship appearance)
AR1: Simon Rees (WRU)
AR2: Chris Busby (IRFU)
TMO: Simon McDowell (IRFU)

Mr Clancy's record last season in the PRO14:

Matches - 12 (all refs - 147)
Average penalty count - 16.7 per game (all refs - 18.4)
Home penalty percentage - 48% (all refs - 52%)
Average card count - 0.4 per game (all refs - 0.9)
Penalties per card - 40 (all refs - 19)

This will be the 43rd time that Mr Clancy has refereed a game involving Glasgow. It's also the 5th time in the Warriors' last 19 matches that the Irish official has been the man in the middle. In fact he's been such a frequent fact of life in these previews that it's hard to know what else to say about him!

Mr Clancy was a little more whistle-happy than usual 3 weeks ago when Glasgow took on the Scarlets, awarding 23 penalties (13 for the Warriors and 10 against). There was even the unusual sight of a yellow card popping out (although right at the very end of the game when the ref's patience had been tested to breaking point). If Glasgow can win penalties to gain an attacking foothold in the Dragons' 22 they need to be much more efficient at converting these opportunities than they have been in the previous two rounds against Welsh opposition.

* Other coverage:
Match re-runs on FreeSports:

none
Highlights of all matches in Round 1:

Premier Sports 1 - Monday 28th October at 9.00pm
FreeSports - Monday 28th October at 5.00pm

Previous Matches with Dragons
Saturday October 26 2019
Dragons 18 5 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday September 29 2018
Glasgow Warriors 29 13 Dragons Match Report
Friday February 9 2018
Dragons 15 15 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday August 25 2017
Dragons 23 40 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday March 4 2017
Glasgow Warriors 47 17 Dragons Match Report
Friday September 30 2016
Dragons 17 26 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Thursday February 25 2016
Newport Gwent Dragons 15 18 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday October 16 2015
Glasgow Warriors 29 15 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Sunday November 30 2014
Glasgow Warriors 19 15 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Saturday September 20 2014
Newport Gwent Dragons 13 33 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday February 23 2014
Newport Gwent Dragons 24 23 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday November 22 2013
Glasgow Warriors 8 23 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Friday February 15 2013
Dragons 3 60 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday November 2 2012
Glasgow Warriors 37 6 Dragons Match Report
Sunday December 4 2011
Newport Gwent Dragons 14 14 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday October 7 2011
Glasgow Warriors 24 19 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Friday February 25 2011
Glasgow Warriors 16 16 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Sunday January 23 2011
Newport Gwent Dragons 16 23 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday October 8 2010
Glasgow Warriors 21 13 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Sunday September 12 2010
Newport Gwent Dragons 23 11 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday April 4 2010
Glasgow Warriors 27 19 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Friday January 15 2010
Glasgow Warriors 29 25 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Friday October 16 2009
Newport Gwent Dragons 22 14 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 18 2009
Newport Gwent Dragons 30 19 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday January 25 2009
Glasgow Warriors 13 10 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Friday January 9 2009
Glasgow Warriors 20 25 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Saturday October 11 2008
Newport Gwent Dragons 32 22 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 5 2008
Newport Gwent Dragons 6 12 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday March 30 2008
Dragons 14 20 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday January 4 2008
Glasgow Warriors 16 18 Dragons Match Report
Friday March 2 2007
Newport Gwent Dragons 13 3 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 1 2006
Glasgow Warriors 23 24 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Friday April 28 2006
Newport Gwent Dragons 32 18 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 2 2005
Glasgow Warriors 15 21 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Saturday January 22 2005
Gwent Dragons 21 16 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 24 2004
Glasgow Warriors 29 38 Gwent Dragons Match Report
Friday March 5 2004
Glasgow Warriors 48 20 Gwent Dragons Match Report
Sunday October 12 2003
Gwent Dragons 27 5 Glasgow Warriors Match Report