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November 22, 2019

Exeter Chiefs v Glasgow Warriors

Posted by Editor on November 22, 2019 06:55 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Zander Fagerson is the Warrior to Watch
Disco looks ahead to Glasgow's Champions Cup visit to Sandy Park to take on Exeter Chiefs.

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 3.15 at Sandy Park
Saturday 23rd November
Live on BT Sport 2

Champions Cup stats:
- Glasgow have won 2 and lost 7 of their games when they been away from home in the Champions Cup for Round 2.
- The wins came last season against Cardiff Blues and versus Montpellier in 2014.
- That victory against Montpellier also represents the only time in their history that the Warriors have won both their Round 1 and Round 2 fixtures in the European Cup (having previously beaten Bath at Scotstoun).
- Glasgow have 3 wins and 1 defeat from their previous encounters with Exeter in this tournament, with the loss coming on their last visit to Sandy Park.

Teams

Exeter Chiefs

15 Stuart Hogg

14 Jack Nowell
13 Henry Slade
12 Ian Whitten
11 Tom O'Flaherty

10 Joe Simmonds
9 Nic White

1 Alec Hepburn
2 Jack Yeandle (Captain)
3 Harry Williams
4 Dave Dennis
5 Jonny Hill
6 Dave Ewers
7 Jacques Vermeulen
8 Sam Simmonds

Substitutes

16 Luke Cowan-Dickie
17 Ben Moon
18 Marcus Street
19 Jannes Kirsten
20 Don Armand
21 Jack Maunder
22 Gareth Steenson
23 Sam Hill

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 (Captain)
7 Chris Fusaro
8 Matt Fagerson

Substitutes

16 George Turner
17 Alex Allan
18 D'arcy Rae
19 Kiran McDonald
20 Tom Gordon
21 Ali Price
22 Peter Horne
23 Kyle Steyn

Starting XV stats:
BACKS
Champions Cup tries
Exeter Chiefs - 19
Glasgow Warriors - 27

Champions Cup appearances
Exeter Chiefs - 155
Glasgow Warriors - 119

Average age
Exeter Chiefs - 27.3
Glasgow Warriors - 27.9

Capped players
Exeter Chiefs - 5
Glasgow Warriors - 6

FORWARDS
Pack weight
Exeter Chiefs - 887kg
Glasgow Warriors - 886kg

Tight 5 weight
Exeter Chiefs - 567kg
Glasgow Warriors - 588kg

Champions Cup appearances
Exeter Chiefs - 112
Glasgow Warriors - 192

Average age
Exeter Chiefs - 27.9
Glasgow Warriors - 27.1

Capped players
Exeter Chiefs - 5
Glasgow Warriors - 7

Glasgow Greetings:
There's a potential European debut for Tom Gordon. Warriors' fans are already looking forward to the flanker's post-match interview...

Matchday Milestones:
Chris Fusaro will play his 40th Champions Cup match - just the 4th player in the club's history to reach this mark. Two of the others (Robert Harley and Ryan Wilson) are also in the Glasgow pack with Gordon Bulloch the only other man to rack up 40+ appearances in the top tier European competition.

Once a Warrior:
This one still feels a bit raw... Just 182 days on from his last game for Glasgow, Stuart Hogg (Warrior number 191) will face off against his old club. It will be pretty strange watching Hoggy in the wrong coloured jersey. The man with 31 tries, 14 conversion, 14 penalties and even a solitary drop goal to his name from his 121 appearances for the Warriors was integral to the club's growth and eventual success as PRO12 champions. Hopefully he enjoys his sabbatical but a full-time return to Scotstoun in two seasonsí time is whatís really required!

Warrior to Watch:
The Glasgow pack put in a big shift last week against Sale, including a full 80 minutes from Zander Fagerson. It's just the second time in his Warriors' career that the big prop has been asked to play a complete match (the first came against Leinster at the RDS last season) but he was still looking for work right into the dying minutes.

Zander's workrate has always been pretty exceptional for a prop. What's been interesting about the early stages of this season is how his duties have been more heavily weighted towards ball-carrying. 14.9 runs per 80 minutes leads all Glasgow players, edging wee brother Matt (12.9) into second place.

There definitely seems to be a concerted effort to get Zander on the ball more often and with his percentage of possessions passed down from 23% during 2018-19 to 12% this season he is going to be central to the Warrior's fight to get on the front foot in the tight exchanges.

Glasgow's Track Record...

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

14 wins (12 at home, 2 away)
25 losses (8 at home, 17 away)
Including knockout matches there have been just 2 wins in 22 attempts in this tournament on English soil - against Leicester in 2017 and in 2014 - against Exeter at Sandy Park...

Most recent meeting in Europe:
20/01/18 at Scotstoun Stadium Report

Glasgow Warriors 28
T: Stuart Hogg, Penalty Try, Tommy Seymour, Matt Fagerson
C: Finn Russell (3)
P: none

Exeter Chiefs 21
T: Sam Simmonds, Don Armand, Ian Whitten
C: none
P: Gareth Steenson (3)

Even though it's less than 2 years since the game at Scotstoun just 4 players return from the Glasgow starting XV on that day - Tommy Seymour, George Horne, Robert Harley and Matt Fagerson. On the Exeter side the turnover has been a bit lower with 7 of their lineup from 2018 also starting this game.

Officials:
Referee: Pascal Gauzere (Fra)
AR1: Maxime Chalon (Fra)
AR2: Johnathan Dufort (Fra)
TMO: Eric Gauzins (Fra)

Previous Warriors' matches with M. Gauzere as referee:
2013/14 - lost to Cardiff Blues (H)
Penalties: 21 (For 14 - 7 Against)
2015/16 - lost to Northampton (H)
Penalties: 27 (For 16 - 11 Against)
2015/16 - beat Scarlets (A)
Penalties: 23 (For 13 - 10 Against)
2015/16 - lost to Saracens (A)
Penalties: 23 (For 4 - 9 Against)

M. Gauzere has seemingly been on retainer to take charge of Scotland matches, refereeing the national side on 8 occasions in a little over two years. Despite his infrequent appearances in Glasgow games the Warriors should have plenty of information to go on when it comes to preparing for the French official.

Previous Matches with Exeter Chiefs
Saturday November 23 2019
Exeter Chiefs 34 18 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday January 20 2018
Glasgow Warriors 28 21 Exeter Chiefs Match Report
Saturday October 14 2017
Exeter Chiefs 24 15 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday January 11 2014
Exeter Chiefs 10 15 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday October 20 2013
Glasgow Warriors 20 16 Exeter Chiefs Match Report
Saturday August 31 2013
Exeter Chiefs 26 29 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Thursday August 23 2012
Exeter Chiefs 15 6 Glasgow Warriors Match Report