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March 27, 2021

Glasgow Warriors v Benetton

Posted by Editor on March 27, 2021 12:00 AM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Aki Seiuli is the Warrior to Watch
Disco looks ahead to tomorrow's match at Scotstoun where Glasgow Warriors will round off their PRO14 season against Benetton.

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

KO 1.45
Scotstoun Stadium
Saturday 27th March 2021
Live on Premier Sports 1

- What with one thing and another allied to the vagaries of the conference system three and a half years have elapsed since Benetton last travelled to play at Scotstoun.
- Alberto Sgarbi started at inside centre in that last encounter in Glasgow. He will wear the number 6 shirt and pack down at flanker on Saturday.
- The starting XV have made a combined 531 previous appearances for the Warriors. In the last four seasons the only side with a lower tally had 499. That team travelled to play the Ospreys in November 2017 and came away with a 47-6 victory.

Teams

Glasgow Warriors

15 Ollie Smith

14 Ratu Tagive
13 Nick Grigg
12 Robbie Fergusson
11 Lee Jones

10 Ross Thompson
9 George Horne

1 Aki Seiuli
2 Fraser Brown (Captain)
3 Enrique Pieretto
4 Richie Gray
5 James Scott
6 Kiran McDonald
7 Fotu Lokotui
8 TJ Ioane

Substitutes

16 Johnny Matthews
17 Dylan Evans
18 D'arcy Rae
19 Hamish Bain
20 Tom Gordon
21 Sean Kennedy
22 Ian Keatley
23 Nikola Matawalu

Benetton

15 Edoardo Padovani

14 Iliesa Ratuva
13 Joaquin Riera
12 Marco Zanon
11 Angelo Esposito

10 Tommaso Allan
9 Luca Petrozzi

1 Thomas Gallo
2 Gianmarco Lucchesi
3 Marco Riccioni
4 Niccolo Cannone
5 Federico Ruzza
6 Alberto Sgarbi
7 Manuel Zuliani
8 Riccardo Favretto

Substitutes

16 Corniel Els
17 Derrick Appiah
18 Ivan Nemer
19 Nicola Piantella
20 Eli Snyman
21 Charly Trussardi
22 Jayden Hayward
23 Tommaso Benvenuti

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

Glasgow Greetings:
It's a big welcome back for George Horne who will play his first game for the Warriors since the 2nd of November 2020. Fraser Brown will be making just his second appearance at Scotstoun in the last 14 months.

Matchday Milestones:
It wil have been 512 days since the Warriors last played a match without Ryan Wilson in the lineup. The club co-captain managed a run of 32 consecutive starts which is brought to an end by his involvement on the bench for Scotland in Paris. Only Jon Petrie (37 starts from 2000-2001) and Bernardo Stortoni (43 starts from 2007-2009 and 36 starts from 2009-2010) have had longer sequences for Glasgow.

Warrior to Watch:
Aki Seiuli loves a bit of graft. From the moment the big man touched down in Scotland he's consistently hit double digits for carries and tackles (this season in the league he averages 11.3 carries per 80 minutes and 13.5 tackles per 80 minutes).

That level of consistency of effort on both sides of the ball would be admirable in any player but particularly so in a prop. His setpiece fundamentals have been pretty good too. Sometimes it can come down to who the referee is but when he's found the right picture for the officials he has been an outstanding scrummager - eg Edinburgh at Scotstoun where he must have been a close second to Ross Thompson for the Player of the Match award.

Glasgow v Benetton Rugby at home in the PRO12/14 era
- 6 wins
- 1 loss
- 4 Try BPs
- 1 Losing BP
- 29 points out of a possible 35 (83%)

Benetton's sole win in Glasgow came during the 2011/12 season when they edged out the Warriors 15-13 at Firhill. This is the only time Glasgow have lost at home to Italian opposition in the PRO12/14.

Previous match-up:

Officials:
Referee: Frank Murphy (IRFU, 43rd competition game)
AR1: Sam Grove-White (SRU)
AR2: Ben Blain (SRU)
TMO: Neil Paterson (SRU)

Mr Murphy's record last season in the PRO14:
Matches - 10 (all refs - 101)
Average penalty count - 18.9 (all refs - 19.1)
Home penalty percentage - 45% (all refs - 52%)
Average card count - 1.5 (all refs - 1.3)
Penalties per card - 15 (all refs - 15)

Remarkably in a season running to just 16 games this will be the fourth time in this campaign that Glasgow will have been refereed by Mr Murphy. On the positive side, the Warriors have won two of those three previous fixtures. On the negative side, already this season the Irish whistler has yellow carded Richie Gray, Nick Grigg, Cole Forbes and TJ Ioane as well as sending off Adam Hastings. Not the perfect setup when Glasgow average more than 20 minutes a game shorthanded across their last six fixtures!

Previous Matches with Benetton
Saturday March 27 2021
Glasgow Warriors 46 25 Benetton Match Report
Saturday January 4 2020
Benetton Treviso 19 38 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday January 5 2019
Benetton Rugby 20 17 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 29 2017
Glasgow Warriors 37 21 Benetton Rugby Match Report
Saturday December 31 2016
Benetton Treviso 28 35 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday October 28 2016
Glasgow Warriors 31 14 Benetton Treviso Match Report
Saturday April 2 2016
Benetton Treviso 16 38 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday November 27 2015
Glasgow Warriors 13 6 Benetton Treviso Match Report
Friday October 31 2014
Glasgow Warriors 17 9 Benetton Treviso Match Report
Sunday October 5 2014
Benetton Treviso 23 40 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday May 2 2014
Benetton Treviso 16 38 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday April 4 2014
Glasgow Warriors 29 10 Benetton Treviso Match Report
Friday December 20 2013
Glasgow Warriors P P Benetton Treviso Match Report
Sunday April 22 2012
Benetton Treviso 8 13 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 23 2011
Glasgow Warriors 13 15 Benetton Treviso Match Report
Saturday April 16 2011
Benetton Treviso 19 16 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday March 18 2011
Glasgow Warriors 25 17 Benetton Treviso Match Report
Friday December 3 2010
Glasgow Warriors P P Benetton Treviso Match Report