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October 15, 2021

Zebre v Glasgow Warriors

Posted by Editor on October 15, 2021 10:56 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Cole Forbes is the Warrior to Watch
Disco looks ahead to Glasgow's visit to Parma to face Zebre on URC business.

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 1.00 at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Saturday 16th October 2021
Live on Premier Sports 1

- Debutant Sebastian Cancelliere is the first non-Scottish qualified back to play for Glasgow this season.
- With Oli Kebble, Enrique Pieretto and Sean Kennedy also in line for their first appearances of the campaign, the Warriors will have used 35 players across the opening four rounds of the United Rugby Championship.
- It has been seven and a half months since Zebre last won a game in the URC, Rainbow Cup or PRO14. Benetton were 6 days shy of 8 months since their last victory in domestic competitions when they smashed Glasgow in Italy last April. The Warriors have had plenty of warning what happens when preparations are not perfect...
- Full back Cole Forbes is the Warrior to Watch.

Teams

Zebre

15 Junior Laloifi

14 Pierre Bruno
13 Giulio Bisegni
12 Tommaso Boni
11 Asaeli Tuivaka

10 Carlo Canna
9 Alessandro Fusco

1 Danilo Fischetti
2 Luca Bigi (Captain)
3 Matteo Nocera
4 Dave Sisi
5 Andrea Zambonin
6 Maxime Mbanda
7 Renato Giammarioli
8 Giovanni Licata

Substitutes

16 Oliviero Fabiani
17 Andrea Lovotti
18 Eduardo Bello
19 Cristian Stoian
20 Luca Andreani
21 Marcello Violi
22 Paolo Pescetto
23 Erich Cronje

Glasgow Warriors

15 Cole Forbes

14 Sebastian Cancelliere
13 Nick Grigg
12 Sione Tuipulotu
11 Rufus McLean

10 Duncan Weir
9 George Horne

1 Jamie Bhatti
2 Johnny Matthews
3 Oli Kebble
4 Lewis Bean
5 Richie Gray
6 Ally Miller
7 Rory Darge
8 Ryan Wilson (Captain)

Substitutes

16 Fraser Brown
17 Brad Thyer
18 Enrique Pieretto
19 Robert Harley
20 Tom Gordon
21 Sean Kennedy
22 Ross Thompson
23 Stafford McDowall

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

Glasgow Greetings:
Sebastian Cancelliere will be the first Argentinian back to play for the Warriors since Gabriel Ascarate against Cardiff on 6 December 2013. Along with Domingo Miotti, the Pumas flyer is following in some pretty famous footsteps with the likes of compatriots, Bernardo Stortoni and Federico Aramburu having made their mark on Glasgow backlines of days gone by.

Richie Gray will play against Zebre for the first time ever for Glasgow. In fact, it has been a season of new experiences for the big man, with Ulster at Ravenhill the only repeat of a fixture he played in during his first spell with the Warriors as well as savouring his first time in front of a crowd at Scotstoun.

Warrior to Watch:
With Stuart Hogg and Sean Maitland missing and Blair Kinghorn listed among the stand offs for Scotland's training squad, Cole Forbes looks like he is in pole position to start at full back for the national side against Tonga.

The man from Pukekohe flew under the radar a bit as a new signing, arriving midway through the 2020/21 season. Even during a challenging campaign, Cole's talents managed to shine through as he showcased his abilities in attack and defence - in particular under the high ball.

In 2021/22, he has continued where he left off. He tops the Warriors' charts for metres made and clean breaks as well as being in a tie for top try scorer - with Jamie Bhatti of all people! He has also continued to be safe as houses when the kicking game takes over.

One area he might want to watch out for is discipline with no less than 3 yellow cards in his 9 games for Glasgow so far. Mind you, Bernardo Stortoni was yellow carded in each of his first 2 appearances for the Warriors and went on to be a certified club legend so maybe there is no cause for concern at a full back making some early adjustments!

Glasgow away to Zebre in the PRO12/14 era:
- 9 wins
- 8 try BPs
- 44 points out of a possible 45 (98%)

Officials:
Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU, 69th league game)
AR1: Riccardo Angelucci (FIR)
AR2: Dario Merli (FIR)
TMO: Leo Colgan (IRFU)

Mr Brace's record for 2020/21:
Matches - 17
Average penalty count - 21.5 per game
Home side penalties conceded percentage - 48.8%
Average card count - 1.1 per game
Penalties per card - 20.3

Glasgow's first encounter with an Irish ref so far this season and it's the current top dog in the IRFU's pecking order in the shape of Mr Brace. The former scrum half does not have a high tolerance for constant yapping from those who play in his old position - George Horne beware. In fact, he generally isn't keen on too much back and forth so Ryan Wilson will need to make the most of any chances to speak to the referee on Saturday.

Additional ref stats from: https://www.cardiffrfcfans.com/analysis/referee_heads.php?countryID=3

Previous Matches with Zebre
Saturday October 16 2021
Zebre 6 17 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday March 6 2021
Zebre 20 31 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday February 14 2020
Glasgow Warriors 56 24 Zebre Match Report
Saturday November 9 2019
Zebre 7 31 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday March 2 2019
Zebre 10 42 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday October 5 2018
Glasgow Warriors 36 8 Zebre Match Report
Friday March 23 2018
Glasgow Warriors 68 7 Zebre Match Report
Saturday January 6 2018
Zebre 20 40 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday April 14 2017
Glasgow Warriors 45 10 Zebre Match Report
Saturday October 8 2016
Zebre 28 33 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday April 29 2016
Glasgow Warriors 70 10 Zebre Match Report
Friday April 8 2016
Zebre 14 43 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday March 6 2015
Glasgow Warriors 26 5 Zebre Match Report
Sunday February 15 2015
Zebre 10 54 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday May 10 2014
Glasgow Warriors 54 0 Zebre Match Report
Friday September 27 2013
Zebre 17 24 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday February 10 2013
Zebre 20 36 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 28 2012
Glasgow Warriors 22 19 Zebre Match Report