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KO 5.30 at Sandy Park
Saturday 15th December 2022
Live on BT Sport 2
- The Warriors have won 3 and lost 22 of their Champions Cup matches away to English opposition.
- The victories came against Exeter (15-10 in 2013/14); Leicester (43-0 in 2016/17); and Sale (45-7 in 2019/20).
- The absence means of Robert Harley means that Ian Whitten and Ben Moon will be the only players to have featured in all 9 matches played between these two sides.
- Sam Simmonds has scored a try in each of these sides' last three meetings at Sandy Park.
- This is the youngest starting XV named by Glasgow, with an average age under 26 years old.
- Powerful prop, Jamie Bhatti, is the Warrior to Watch.
15 Stuart Hogg
14 Jack Nowell
13 Henry Slade
12 Ian Whitten
11 Tom O'Flaherty
10 Joe Simmonds
9 Jack Maunder
1 Ben Moon
2 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Captain)
3 Josh Iosefa-Scott
4 Sam Skinner
5 Sean Lonsdale
6 Dave Ewers
7 Jannes Kirsten
8 Sam Simmonds
16 Jack Innard
17 James Kenny
18 Patrick Shickerling
19 Dafydd Jenkins
20 Don Armand
21 Sam Maunder
22 Harvey Skinner
23 Tom Hendrickson
15 Josh McKay
Changes to Starting XVs from Round 2:
Exeter (In -> Out)
1. Ben Moon -> Alec Hepburn
3. Josh Iosefa-Scott -> Sam Nixon
4/7. Jannes Kirsten -> Jonny Gray (with Sam Skinner moving from 7 to 4)
5. Sean Lonsdale -> Jonny Hill
Club co-captains, Fraser Brown and Ryan Wilson, are both in line to make their first appearances in this season's Champions Cup. In fact, it has been more than two years since Fraser last featured in this tournament (on the evening the Warriors thrashed Sale 45-7 on their own turf).
Sebastian Cancelliere could make his Champions Cup debut from the bench. It has been more than a decade since an Argentinian last bagged a try for Glasgow in the Champions Cup (Federico Aramburu against Montpellier on 11/12/11). Could the Warriors' new Pumas' winger break that scoreless streak?
Once A Warrior:
Stuart Hogg (Warrior number 191) has recently confirmed that his contract will keep him at Exeter for an extended period. Will the full back ever be seen again in Glasgow colours?
A huge moment for Ryan Wilson as he will play his 200th game for Glasgow.
- 340 players have played for the Warriors.
- 49 have managed at least 100 games for the club.
- Just 2 have featured in 200 matches - Ryan joins Robert Harley in bringing up this landmark.
Among the current squad, nobody else has made more than 116 appearances so it will be a while before anyone joins the veteran duo in the double century club!
This is the first starting XV in Glasgow's history entirely made up of players born in the 1990s and 2000s. George Turner (DOB 8/10/92) is the oldest player in the starting lineup.
Warrior to Watch:
Jamie Bhatti will make his 8th career start in the Champions Cup - four of which have come against Exeter! In his second spell with Glasgow, the big man seems to be maturing nicely as he approaches what should be the peak years for a prop.
He certainly returned to the club with a bang at the start of the 2021/22 campaign. Having never troubled the try line during the 47 matches he played for the Warriors first time around (or for that matter in 26 appearances for Edinburgh and Bath) it took him just 37 minutes to bag his first score this season - versus the Sharks at Scotstoun. Following it up with another 3 minutes into the very next game against the Lions just seemed greedy!
The bread and butter for Bhatti is at scrum time though and Glasgow seem to be steadily improving in this area. They currently rank third in the URC for both percentage success rate on their own ball (94%) and scrum penalties won (10). Exeter pride themselves on their setpiece work so if Bhatti and the Warriors can impose themselves in this area it will definitely be a big boost as they look for a first win at Sandy Park since 2014.
Glasgow away to Exeter in the Champions Cup:
13/12/21 at Sandy Park - Report
23/11/19 at Sandy Park - Report
14/10/17 at Sandy Park - Report
11/01/14 at Sandy Park - Report
Previous match-up away to Exeter in the Champions Cup:
Nope couldn't find any 'highlights' for this one. Maybe if we never watch the footage then it never really happened...
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
AR1: Vincent Blasco Baque (France)
AR2: Stephane Boyer (France)
TMO: Denis Grenouillet (France)
M. Poite's record for 2020/21:
Matches - 9
Average penalty count - 24.4 per game
Home side penalties conceded percentage - 48.1%
Average card count - 2.4 per game
Penalties per card - 10.0
Whatever algorithm EPCR use to allocate officials seems to have become rather stuck when it comes to these fixtures. This will be the ninth time Exeter and Glasgow have met in a competitive match and it will be the fourth occasion that M. Poite has been the man in the middle.
For an experienced ref, M. Poite has a surprisingly high penalty count and a remarkably high card count. In fact, he has issued at least one card in 17 out of his last 20 European fixtures.
The Warriors were a bit Jekyll and Hyde last time out against the Ospreys, with an ill-disciplined first half and a controlled second. The latter type of performance will be required to keep Exeter's red zone efficiency at bay and outside the 22.
Additional ref stats from: https://www.cardiffrfcfans.com/analysis/referee_heads.php?countryID=5