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November 16, 2019

Glasgow Warriors v Sale Sharks

Posted by Editor on November 16, 2019 12:01 AM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Adam Hastings is the Warrior to Watch
Disco looks ahead to Glasgow's opening fixture of the Champions Cup when Sale Sharks come calling at Scotstoun.

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

KO 1.00pm
Scotstoun Stadium
Saturday 16th November
Live on BT Sport 3

Champions Cup stats:
- Glasgow have won 4, drawn 1 and lost 4 of their games when they have started the Champions Cup at home in Round 1.
- Those opening fixtures have included 6 previous clashes with English opposition - 2 defeats to Northampton; 2 wins over Bath; a big win over Leicester; and last season's towsy defeat to Saracens.
- This will be Sale's first ever visit to Scotstoun. Their previous competitive clashes with the Warriors in Scotland were played at Hughenden (as well as a friendly at Firhill).


Glasgow Warriors

15 Tommy Seymour

14 Ratu Tagive
13 Nick Grigg
12 Sam Johnson
11 DTH van der Merwe

10 Adam Hastings
9 George Horne

1 Oli Kebble
2 Fraser Brown
3 Zander Fagerson
4 Robert Harley
5 Scott Cummings
6 Ryan Wilson (Co-Captain
7 Callum Gibbins (Co-Captain)
8 Matt Fagerson


16 George Turner
17 Alex Allan
18 D'arcy Rae
19 Tim Swinson
20 Chris Fusaro
21 Ali Price
22 Peter Horne
23 Kyle Steyn

Sale Sharks

15 Simon Hammersley

14 Marland Yarde
13 Cameron Redpath
12 Luke James
11 Byron McGuigan

10 AJ McGinty
9 Embrose Papier

1 Ross Harrison
2 Rob Webber
3 Jake Cooper-Woolley
4 Bryn Evans (Captain)
5 James Phillips
6 Jean-Luc du Preez
7 Ben Curry
8 Daniel du Preez


16 Akker van der Merwe
17 Velery Morozov
18 Coenraad Oosthuizen
19 Matthew Postlewhaite
20 Jono Ross
21 Will Cliff
22 Robert du Preez
23 Chris Ashton

Starting XV stats:


Champions Cup tries
Glasgow Warriors - 26
Sale Sharks - 2

Champions Cup appearances
Glasgow Warriors - 122
Sale Sharks - 22

Average age
Glasgow Warriors - 27.9
Sale Sharks - 25.3

Capped players
Glasgow Warriors - 6
Sale Sharks - 4


Pack weight
Glasgow Warriors - 894kg
Sale Sharks - 909kg

Tight 5 weight
Glasgow Warriors - 588kg
Sale Sharks - 582kg

Champions Cup appearances
Glasgow Warriors - 154
Sale Sharks - 88

Average age
Glasgow Warriors - 27.2
Sale Sharks - 28.5

Capped players
Glasgow Warriors - 6
Sale Sharks - 4

Glasgow Greetings:
Champions Cup debut time for Ratu McTagive. The former Australian (but now a Scot!) has had to wait patiently for his opportunity but early season form has earned his place in this game. Ratu will be the 223rd player to feature for the Warriors in the Champions Cup.

Matchday Milestones:
Ryan Wilson will make his 41st Heineken Cup appearances for Glasgow - only Robert Harley (45) has made more.

Once a Warrior:
There's a return to Scotstoun for Warrior number 209 Byron McGuigan who picked up 4 tries in 20 appearances and whose last game for the club at this venue was back in December 2013.

There might actually have been two former Warriors involved on Saturday. Scrum half Will Cliff played for Glasgow in a preseason friendly in 2010 (coincidentally against Sale) but his proposed loan move fell through. That meant much more game time in his debut season for Henry Pyrgos who would go on to make nearly 150 appearances for the Warriors, including starting the PRO12 Grand Final in 2015. Funny how these things work out...

Warrior to Watch:
Adam Hastings has packed an awful lot into his time at Glasgow so it's worth remembering he's only just starting his second season as the club's first choice 10. That's a position that means in many ways he sets the tone for the club and how they are going to play the game. During 2018/19 his real point of difference (to borrow one of Dave Rennie's favourite expressions) was the chaos he could cause taking the ball to the line. Despite working in some of the most congested areas of the pitch Adam was the Warriors' top performer for defenders beaten (by a long way) with 72.

There's a good balance to the young stand off's game though and it will be instructive watch how it matures over the next few years. The advantages to be won through a clever and varied kicking game keep coming up as one possible way that teams might look to develop to find an edge and Hastings' skillset could certainly adapt to that way of playing. Last season his ratio of when he kicked / passed / ran was 18% / 53% / 29%. It's early days in the current campaign but so far he's definitely showing a move towards kicking with figures of 29% / 48% / 23%. An ability to be a threat in all three areas will certainly keep the opposition guessing.

Glasgow's Track Record...

...against English sides in the pool stages of the European Cup:

- 13 wins (11 at home, 2 away)
- 25 losses (8 at home, 17 away)

Previous meetings in Europe:
16/10/96 at Hughenden (Challenge Cup - this was just the 2nd fixture for Glasgow since the creation of the pro team)

Glasgow 9
P: George Breckenridge (3)

Sale 29
T: John Fowler (3)
C: Andy Griffin
P: Andy Griffin (4)

18/10/02 at Hughenden (Heineken Cup)

Glasgow 26
T: Jason White, Jon Petrie
C: Tommy Hayes (2)
P: Tommy Hayes (4)

Sale 14
T: Stuart Pinkerton
P: Nick Walshe (3)

10/01/03 at Heywood Road (Heineken Cup)

Sale 45
T: Mark Cueto, Steve Hanley, Jason Robinson, Andy Titterrell, Vaughan Going, Charlie Hodgson
C: Charlie Hodgson (6)
P: Charlie Hodgson

Glasgow 3
P: Tommy Hayes

Unsurprisingly with that last competitive game taking place 16 years ago there are no returning players for either side! The friendly in 2010 that Will Cliff featured in also saw involvements for Ryan Wilson, Chris Fusaro, Ruaridh Jackson, DTH van der Merwe, Robert Harley and Peter Horne. The turnover in players for Sale must have been higher as there doesn't appear to be anybody from that game who remains in their squad 9 years later.

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (Fra)
AR1: Adrien Descottes (Fra)
AR2: Cedric Marchat(Fra)
TMO: Patrick Dellac (Fra)

Second time around for M. Ruiz and Glasgow with the French official previously refereeing the club's opening pool match in the 2017/18 Champions Cup. The opposition on that occasion was Exeter. The penalty count at Sandy Park was decisively against the Warriors (12 conceded and 5 for).

M. Ruiz was bang on the Top 14's average of 21.9 penalties per game last season (that's around 3.5 pens a match higher than in the PRO14). He's a bit more laid back with the cards compared to other French whistlers with his average of 1.1 per game among the lowest in the Top 14.

Previous Matches with Sale Sharks
Saturday January 18 2020
Sale Sharks 7 45 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday November 16 2019
Glasgow Warriors 13 7 Sale Sharks Match Report
Saturday August 18 2012
Sale Sharks 49 27 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday August 26 2011
Sale Sharks 28 0 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday August 20 2010
Glasgow Warriors 22 23 Sale Sharks Match Report
Monday October 11 2004
Sale 7 36 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday August 27 2004
Sale Sharks 43 6 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday August 20 2004
Glasgow Warriors 20 39 Sale Sharks Match Report