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January 07, 2022

Glasgow Warriors v Ospreys

Posted by Editor on January 7, 2022 09:11 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

George Turner is the Warrior to Watch
Disco looks ahead to Glasgow's URC match with Ospreys at Scotstoun (ko 5.15pm).

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 5.15 at Scotstoun Stadium
Saturday 8th January 2022
Live on Premier Sports 1

- This will be the Warriors first game of 2022. They have won 6 out of 10 of their first matches of the year across the last decade - although they have lost 2 out of the last 3 (Edinburgh in 2021 and Benetton in 2019).
- This will be the 36th time that these two teams have met. Their previous history can be split into two distinct phases. From 2003/04 to 2010/11, Glasgow only won 4 out of 17 matches. Since the 2011/12 season the Ospreys have only emerged victorious 4 times from 18 attempts. They have only won once in Glasgow in the last 12 years.
- At 894kgs this is lightest Warriors starting pack so far this season. This is almost entirely down to the difference between Richie Gray and Kiran McDonald at lock. (It's worth noting that, depending on substitutions, Glasgow could finish the game with a pack weighing 919kgs).
- This is the second youngest Warriors' starting XV of 2021/22 - marginally older (16 days on average) than the side that began the game against Exeter (which took place 21 days ago).
- Heavy-hitting hooker George Turner is the Warrior to Watch.


Glasgow Warriors

15 Josh McKay

14 Kyle Steyn
13 Sione Tuipulotu
12 Sam Johnson
11 Cole Forbes

10 Ross Thompson
9 Ali Price (Captain)

1 Jamie Bhatti
2 George Turner
3 Zander Fagerson
4 Scott Cummings
5 Kiran McDonald
6 Ryan Wilson
7 Rory Darge
8 Matt Fagerson


16 Fraser Brown
17 Oli Kebble
18 Enrique Pieretto
19 Lewis Bean
20 Tom Gordon
21 Jamie Dobie
22 Duncan Weir
23 Walter Fifita


15 Dan Evans

14 Mat Protheroe
13 Michael Collins
12 Owen Watkin
11 Luke Morgan

10 Gareth Anscombe
9 R. Morgan Williams

1 Nicky Smith
2 Elvis Taione
3 Tomas Francis
4 Rhys Davies
5 Adam Beard (Captain)
6 Will Griffiths
7 Jac Morgan
8 Morgan Morris


16 Dewi Lake
17 Gareth Thomas
18 Tom Botha
19 Lloyd Ashley
20 Sam Cross
21 Matthew Aubrey
22 Josh Thomas
23 Joe Hawkins

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

Glasgow Greetings:
Giant winger, Walter Fifita, will become Warrior number 340 when he comes off the bench. For the current season, he will be the 12th debutant and the 42nd player used by Glasgow.

Overall, Walter will be the 30th player to make their club debut under Danny Wilson. 20 of those men are still with the Warriors - 18 in the current full-time squad and 2 with the Academy.

Matchday Milestones:
Richie Gray's absence means that there are no Glasgow forwards who will have featured in all of the club's opening 10 fixtures for 2021/22. There are 3 backs who will have played in every match - Ross Thompson, Sione Tuipulotu and Cole Forbes.

This will be the 20th time that Dan Evans has started a game against the Warriors, across his time with the Scarlets, Dragons and Ospreys. His first encounter with Glasgow came on 4th April 2009 when his opposite number was Colin Gregor. Since then he has started at full back against:

Bernardo Stortoni (twice)
Peter Horne
Peter Murchie (6 times)
Stuart Hogg (twice)
Tommy Seymour
Ruaridh Jackson (4 times)
Huw Jones
Ollie Smith
Josh McKay

Warrior to Watch:
George Turner will be in the number 2 jersey for the fifth match in a row for Glasgow - his longest streak of consecutive starts since joining the club. Coming off the back of an outstanding year in 2021, during which he started 7 of Scotland's 9 Test matches, the hooker is putting huge pressure on the players who have previously been ahead of him in the Depth Charts for club and country.

Glasgow supporters have become accustomed to George's hard-hitting style. There is no unrestrained version. Whether it's carrying in attack or tackling in defence everything is done at full tilt, all the time. The former Edinburgh player may not have arrived with the same fanfare as some of Dave Rennie's other early signings but he has established himself as a fan favourite thanks to his wholehearted approach.

Turner's setpiece work has also developed significantly since he arrived at Scotstoun. The Warriors currently have the best success rate on their own lineout ball in the URC. While he may not have Richie Gray to aim at on Saturday night, the return of Ryan Wilson is a big boost as George has combined extremely well with the club captain to provide quality attacking ball for his side.

Glasgow at home to Ospreys in the PRO12/PRO14/URC era:
- 8 wins
- 1 loss
- 3 try BPs
- 35 points out of a possible 45 (78%)

Previous match-up at Scotstoun:

Referee: Chris Busby (IRFU, 16th league game)
AR1: Ben Blain (SRU)
AR2: Graeme Ormiston (SRU)
TMO: Sam Grove-White (SRU)

Mr Busby's regular season record for 2020/21:
Matches - 11
Average penalty count - 23.4 per game
Home side penalties conceded percentage - 54.1%
Average card count - 1.5 per game
Penalties per card - 15.1

While there is always room for improvement, the Warriors' much criticised discipline has been on an upward trajectory, particularly in their home fixtures. After coughing up 26 penalties in the double header against the South African sides (with the Sharks and Lions only combining for 16 pens conceded) Glasgow subsequently 'won' the penalty count in their fixtures against Leinster, Dragons and Exeter. You would have to go back more than two years to find a lower number of penalties conceded by the Warriors than the 6 they gave up versus the Chiefs.

Mr Busby is a high penalty count ref compared to many of the officials in the league so in his third appearance in a Glasgow fixture he will provide a real test of this improved discipline.

Additional ref stats from:

Previous Matches with Ospreys
Friday March 12 2021
Glasgow Warriors 30 25 Ospreys Match Report
Saturday October 24 2020
Ospreys 23 15 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday March 21 2020
Ospreys P P Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday May 15 2020
Glasgow Warriors P P Ospreys Match Report
Friday January 25 2019
Glasgow Warriors 9 3 Ospreys Match Report
Friday November 2 2018
Ospreys 20 29 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday November 26 2017
Ospreys 6 47 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday September 9 2017
Glasgow Warriors 31 10 Ospreys Match Report
Sunday February 26 2017
Ospreys 26 15 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday November 25 2016
Glasgow Warriors 5 22 Ospreys Match Report
Sunday January 31 2016
Ospreys 20 20 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday November 1 2015
Glasgow Warriors 31 19 Ospreys Match Report
Friday May 8 2015
Ospreys 21 10 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday February 21 2015
Glasgow Warriors 19 16 Ospreys Match Report
Friday March 28 2014
Glasgow Warriors 11 9 Ospreys Match Report
Friday November 29 2013
Ospreys 16 28 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday April 19 2013
Glasgow Warriors 35 17 Ospreys Match Report
Friday September 14 2012
Ospreys 10 28 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday March 2 2012
Ospreys 20 26 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday October 28 2011
Glasgow Warriors 28 17 Ospreys Match Report
Saturday March 5 2011
Ospreys 37 6 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday October 24 2010
Glasgow Warriors 31 23 Ospreys Match Report
Friday May 14 2010
Ospreys 20 5 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday October 30 2009
Ospreys 9 9 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 25 2009
Glasgow Warriors 16 26 Ospreys Match Report
Sunday May 10 2009
Ospreys 34 23 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 12 2008
Glasgow Warriors 18 21 Ospreys Match Report
Friday February 29 2008
Glasgow Warriors 9 6 Ospreys Match Report
Sunday September 30 2007
Ospreys 37 23 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday May 4 2007
Glasgow Warriors 29 26 Ospreys Match Report
Friday October 13 2006
Ospreys 26 9 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday April 8 2006
Ospreys 16 13 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday January 27 2006
Glasgow Warriors 8 22 Ospreys Match Report
Saturday January 29 2005
Glasgow Warriors 27 27 Ospreys Match Report
Saturday October 2 2004
Ospreys 40 17 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday May 14 2004
Glasgow Warriors 34 31 Ospreys Match Report
Friday February 6 2004
Ospreys 33 11 Glasgow Warriors Match Report