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October 01, 2021

Glasgow Warriors v Sharks

Posted by Editor on October 1, 2021 10:59 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

George Horne is the Warrior to Watch
Disco is back to take a look at the stats behind Glasgow's URC meeting with Sharks at Scotstoun tomorrow.

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

KO 3.05 at Scotstoun Stadium
Saturday 2nd October 2021
Live on Premier Sports 1

- There has been a 588 day gap since fans last attended a competitive game at Scotstoun. Until the pandemic the longest the Warriors' faithful have had to wait between home fixtures (since moving to Danes Drive in 2012) is 140 days. It's been a long time coming!
- The Sharks will be the 54th different side that Glasgow have played a competitive match against in their 25 year history.
- Glasgow are aiming for their fifth consecutive victory at Scotstoun, the longest such streak since the end of the 2018/19 season when they won seven in a row at home to round out the campaign.
- Try machine George Horne is the Warrior to Watch.


Glasgow Warriors

15 Cole Forbes

14 Kyle Steyn
13 Sione Tuipulotu
12 Sam Johnson
11 Rufus McLean

10 Ross Thompson
9 George Horne

1 Jamie Bhatti
2 Fraser Brown
3 Murray McCallum
4 Scott Cummings
5 Richie Gray
6 Ryan Wilson (Captain)
7 Tom Gordon
8 Jack Dempsey


16 George Turner
17 Brad Thyer
18 Murphy Walker
19 Lewis Bean
20 Ally Miller
21 Jamie Dobie
22 Peter Horne
23 Stafford McDowall


15 Curwin Bosch

14 Yaw Penxe
13 Werner Kok
12 Murray Koster
11 Thaakir Abrahams

10 Boeta Chamberlain
9 Ruan Pienaar

1 Khwezi Mona
2 Fez Mbatha
3 Thomas du Toit
4 Le Roux Roets
5 Ruben van Heerden
6 Dylan Richardson
7 Gerbrandt Grobler
8 Phepsi Buthelezi (Captain)


16 Kerron van Vuuren
17 Nthuthuko Mchunu
18 Lourens Adriaanse
19 Hyron Andrews
20 Thembelani Bholi
21 James Venter
22 Tian Meyer
23 Jeremy Ward

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

Glasgow Greetings:
Club debuts:
Murphy Walker
Ally Miller

Home debuts:
Sione Tuipulotu
Murray McCallum
Jack Dempsey
Brad Thyer

Home re-debut:
Jamie Bhatti

First competitive match in front of the Scotstoun faithful:
Cole Forbes
Rufus McLean
Ross Thompson
Richie Gray
Lewis Bean

In all, just 12 of the Glasgow squad have previously played a competitive match for the Warriors in front of a home crowd at Scotstoun.

Warrior to Watch:
Last week against Ulster, George Horne kicked off the season doing what he does best - scoring tries. The pint-sized scrum half notched the 40th five-pointer of his top level career (34 for Glasgow and 6 for Scotland) when he crossed at Ravenhill.

Averaging a try for every 85 minutes played, wee George has re-defined try scoring for the Warriors - he can genuinely lay claim to being the best 9 in the world in this facet of the game. With Ali Price taking an extended rest, the opportunity is there for the younger Horne to show there's more to his game than just tries though. Against Ulster he put in a huge defensive effort. Danny Wilson will be looking for the scrum half to lead the way with his kicking game over the next 9 months.

Competition for places is only likely to push George to greater heights. The aforementioned Price will soon return. Jamie Dobie will be breathing down both the senior scrum halves necks. Horne's status as Scotland's number 2 number 9 will also be under threat from his old sparring partner at u20s level, Ben Vellacott, who has looked reinvigorated in his early appearances for Edinburgh.

One thing about the Horne boys - they never back down from a challenge and George will be right up for the fight.

Glasgow at home to South African opposition in the PRO14 era:
- 4 wins
- 4 try BPs
- 20 points out of a possible 20 (100%)
- It has been 23 months since the Warriors last game against a South African side* when they defeated the now defunct Southern Kings 50-0.

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU, 76th competition game)
AR1: Finlay Brown (SRU)
AR2: Dunx McClement (SRU)
TMO: Ian Davies (WRU)

Mr Whitehouse's regular season record for 2020/21 in the PRO14:
Matches - 11
Average penalty count - 21.4 per game
Home penalty percentage - 45%
Average card count - 1.7 per game
Penalties per card - 12.4

An unusual event this time out with Mr Whitehouse taking charge of Glasgow at home to the Sharks just 8 days after refereeing the Warriors away to Ulster. The most surprising thing might be that this isn't the first occasion a ref has been the man the in the middle for consecutive Glasgow games - in fact it's happened 4 times before, all with Welsh whistlers:

Tony Rowlands:
12/05/00 Neath v Glasgow (Welsh-Scottish League)
26/08/00 Caerphilly v Glasgow (Welsh-Scottish League)

James Jones:
23/04/10 Glasgow Warriors v Leinster (Magners League)
07/05/10 Scarlets v Glasgow Warriors (Magners League)

James Jones:
08/01/11 Munster v Glasgow Warriors (Magners League)
16/01/11 Glasgow Warriors v Wasps (Heineken Cup)

Nigel Owens:
31/05/14 Leinster v Glasgow Warriors (PRO12)
06/09/14 Glasgow Warriors v Leinster (PRO12)

Mr Jones is the only ref other ref who has managed back-to-back games in the same competition in the same season - but at least on that occasion both parties had a week in between to get a break from each other!

* Although arguably Sale Sharks could be classed as a South African side