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November 26, 2021

Benetton v Glasgow Warriors

Posted by Editor on November 26, 2021 11:21 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Richie Gray is the Warrior to Watch
Disco looks ahead to Glasgow's trip to Italy to take on Benetton 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 (2.00 CET) at Stadio Communale di Monigo
Saturday 27th November 2021
Live on Premier Sports 1

- 10 of the Glasgow starting lineup played in the ill-fated Rainbow Cup clash with Benetton at the Stadio Monigo in April - and should have revenge on their mind!
- Just 5 of the home side's XV featured in that match.
- With an average age of 26.1 this is the youngest matchday 23 named by Glasgow so far this season.
- Veteran lock Richie Gray is the Warrior to Watch.

Teams

Benetton

15 Rhyno Smith

14 Ratuva Tavuyara
13 Tommaso Menoncello
12 Luca Morisi
11 Edoardo Padovani

10 Leonardo Marin
9 Dewaldt Duvenage

1 Federico Zani
2 Gianmarco Lucchesi
3 Tiziano Pasquali
4 Carl Wegner
5 Federico Ruzza
6 Giovanni Pettinelli
7 Michele Lamaro
8 Toa Halafihi

Substitutes

16 Corniel Els
17 Tomas Baravalle
18 Ivan Nemer
19 Niccolo Cannone
20 Manuel Zuliani
21 Alessandro Garbisi
22 Joaquin Riera
23 Luca Sperandio

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 George Turner
3 Oli Kebble
4 Robert Harley
5 Richie Gray
6 Matt Fagerson
7 Rory Darge
8 Jack Dempsey

Substitutes

16 Johnny Matthews
17 Nathan McBeth
18 Enrique Pieretto
19 Kiran McDonald
20 Tom Gordon
21 Jamie Dobie
22 Duncan Weir
23 Ollie Smith

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

Glasgow Greetings:
Having joined up during the international break, Nathan McBeth should make his debut from the bench. The giant loosehead played for Scotland at U20s level, alongside the likes of Rory Darge, Stafford McDowall and Ross Thompson so there should have been plenty of familiar faces to welcome him to Scotstoun!

Kiran McDonald is in line for his first appearance of 2021/22 after injury prevented him from having any involvement in block 1 of the season.

Matchday Milestones:
It has been more than four years since a back last captained Glasgow. On that occasion, it was scrum half Henry Pyrgos in charge against Cardiff in September 2017, this time round it will be centre, Sam Johnson. Sam is the 38th player named to captain the club.

Warrior to Watch:
It has been the best part of a decade since Richie Gray first played for Glasgow at the Stadio Monigo. His second row partner that day was Alastair Kellock, although Robert Harley was still right alongside him, playing at 6 on that occasion. These days Richie is among the club's veterans - at 32 the oldest player in the matchday 23 and the only one born in the 1980s!

The lock still has a lot to offer the Warriors, as demonstrated by the fact he is the only Glasgow forward to start every match this season. He is still an absolute master at the lineout and his 126kgs adds plenty of heft to the scrum. Glasgow have three massive units coming through in the second row from the Academy system. If Jonny's brother can help Euan Ferrie, Alex Samuel and Max Williamson break through in the coming seasons then his legacy really will live on at Scotstoun.

Glasgow away to Benetton in the URC/PRO12/14:
- 7 wins
- 1 loss
- 5 try BPs
- 1 losing BP
- 34 points out of a possible 40 (85%)

Previous match-up (in a proper tournament and glossing over the 46-19 drubbing that Benetton handed out to Glasgow in the Rainbow Cup in April because there is no way anyone is watching any of that back):

Officials:
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (SARU, 6th league game)
AR1: Federico Boraso (FIR)
AR2: Filippo Russo (FIR)
TMO: Alan Falzone (FIR)

Mr van der Westhuizen's record for 2020/21:
Matches - 11
Average penalty count - 21.5 per game
Home side penalties conceded percentage - 50.4%
Average card count - 1.5 per game
Penalties per card - 13.9

Having had Welsh, Irish and Italian refs so far this season, Glasgow will have their first South African official taking charge on Saturday. Mr van der Westhuizen is a new face for the Warriors, having spent most of the last seven years refereeing in Super Rugby. He was pretty liberal with the yellows last season and both sides will need to be wary of giving up 10 minutes shorthanded.

Additional ref stats from: https://www.cardiffrfcfans.com/analysis/referee_heads.php?countryID=9

Previous Matches with Benetton
Saturday November 27 2021
Benetton 19 18 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday April 24 2021
Benetton 46 19 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
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