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November 25, 2023

Glasgow Warriors v Ulster

Posted by Editor on November 25, 2023 12:22 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Sean Kennedy is the Warrior to Watch
Disco looks ahead to this evening's Scotstoun meeting between Glasgow and old rivals Ulster.

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 7.35 at Scotstoun Stadium
Saturday 25th November 2023
Live on Viaplay Sports 1

- The Warriors boast an all international pack (plus another five capped forwards on the bench) while Ulster's backline is exclusively composed of players with Ireland caps.
- Travelling away from home has been a bit of a rarity for Ulster recently - 7 of their last 9 matches in the URC (dating back to the beginning of March) have been played at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.
- There are four club debuts in the offing across the two teams - Ben Afshar for the home side alongside James McNabney, Zac Solomon and Steven Kitshoff for the visitors.
- Three of those players will also be making their senior professional debuts, Kitshoff most certainly will not be!
- Veteran scrum half, Sean Kennedy, is the Warrior to Watch.

Teams

Glasgow Warriors

15 J. McKay (30)

14 S. CANCELLIERE (29)
13 S. TUIPULOTU (39)
12 S. MCDOWALL (Captain) (62)
11 K. ROWE (4)

10 T. Jordan (29)
S. Kennedy (26)

1 J. BHATTI (92)
2 G. TURNER (92)
3 Z. FAGERSON (131)
4 G. PETERSON (38)
5 S. CUMMINGS (109)
6 M. FAGERSON (98)
7 R. DARGE (35)
8 J. DEMPSEY (39)

Substitutes

16 J. MATTHEWS (55)
17 O. KEBBLE (88)
18 L. SORDONI (20)
19 R. GRAY (105)
20 S. Manjezi (13)
21 S. VAILANU (24)
22 B. Afshar (0)
23 D. WEIR (139)

Ulster

15 W. ADDISON (28)

14 R. BALOUCOUNE (57)
13 J. HUME (81)
12 L. MARSHALL (166)
11 J. STOCKDALE (104)

10 B. BURNS (99)
9 J. COONEY (122)

1 E.O'SULLIVAN (107)
2 T. STEWART (17)
3 T. O'TOOLE (89)
4 K. TREADWELL (145)
5 I. HENDERSON (Captain) (141)
6 H. Sheridan (12)
7 R. Crothers (2)
8 J. McNabney (0)

Substitutes

16 Z. Solomon (0)
17 S. KITSHOFF (0)
18 M. MOORE (87)
19 A. O'Connor (181)
20 M. Rea (84)
21 D. Shanahan (90)
22 J. Flannery (8)
23 B. Moxham (29)

(players in CAPITALS are full capped internationals, numbers in brackets are previous appearances for Glasgow Warriors / Ulster)

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

Glasgow Greetings:
This will be Jack Dempsey's first outing at Scotstoun for 204 days with the number 8 finally making his delayed return from World Cup duty six games into the campaign.

Matchday Milestones:
At the beginning of last season, Tom Jordan hadn't ever played in a URC fixture. Saturday night will see him feature in his 25th consecutive game in the league, 21 of which he has started.

Johnny Matthews will make his 20th consecutive appearance for Glasgow, while skipper, Stafford McDowall, is the only player to start all six of the Warriors' matches this season.

Warrior to Watch:
It's a big night for veteran scrum half, Sean Kennedy. The former Edinburgh man has been a steadying influence from the bench in the last two matches and his reward is the number 9 shirt for this game. This will be:

- his first start for Glasgow in any game since 21st March 2021 (980 days).
- his first start at Scotstoun since 12th March 2021 (989 days).
- his first start in front of fans at Scotstoun since 23rd November 2012 (4,020 days).

The triumvirate of George Horne, Ali Price and Jamie Dobie have dominated the starting scrum half slot in recent years and this will be the first time in 64 games someone else will fill that role. Sheba may not have the X-factor that the Scotland trio do but his scrum half fundamentals (consistency and speed of passing, box kicking, decision-making) are as solid as they come. With the right platform he will be able to bring Glasgow's exceptional backline into the game.

Glasgow at home to Ulster in the PRO12/PRO14/URC era:
- 7 wins
- 2 losses
- 3 Try BPs
- 2 Losing BPs
- 33 points out of a possible 45 (73%)

The Warriors have also won two playoff semi-finals against Ulster: 16-14 in 2015; and 50-20 in 2019.

Previous match-up v Ulster at Scotstoun:

Officials:
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU, 94th league game)
AR1: Ru Campbell (SRU)
AR2: Jonny Perriam (SRU)
TMO: Wayne Davies (WRU)

Mr Whitehouse's regular season record for 2022/23:
Matches - 7
Average penalty count - 19.6 per game
Home side penalties conceded percentage - 43.8%
Average card count - 1.3 per game
Penalties per card - 15.3

Mr Whitehouse has become better known for being a man in the van (or TMO if you prefer), a role he filled 9 times at the recent World Cup - including 2 Scotland games, a semi-final and the 3rd place playoff.

That focus has meant fewer games as ref in recent seasons for the Welsh whistler - so this will be his first Glasgow game for more than two years. That was when the Warriors hosted the Sharks but just nine days earlier, Mr Whitehouse also took charge of Ulster v Glasgow at the Kingspan, a game that finished 35-29 in the home side's favour but with a double bonus point return for the Warriors on the road.

Previous Matches with Ulster
Saturday November 25 2023
Glasgow Warriors 33 20 Ulster Match Report
Saturday October 7 2023
Ulster 19 14 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday February 17 2023
Glasgow Warriors 17 11 Ulster Match Report
Friday September 24 2021
Ulster 35 29 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday February 19 2021
Glasgow Warriors 13 19 Ulster Match Report
Monday November 9 2020
Ulster 40 15 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday September 14 2019
Glasgow Warriors 36 33 Ulster Match Report
Saturday September 7 2019
Ulster 50 19 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday May 8 2020
Ulster P P Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday March 27 2020
Glasgow Warriors P P Ulster Match Report
Friday May 17 2019
Glasgow Warriors 50 20 Ulster Match Report
Friday April 5 2019
Glasgow Warriors 30 7 Ulster Match Report
Saturday April 21 2018
Ulster 36 15 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday March 2 2018
Ulster P P Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday February 18 2017
Ulster 37 17 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 23 2016
Glasgow Warriors 17 22 Ulster Match Report
Friday March 25 2016
Glasgow Warriors 27 17 Ulster Match Report
Friday February 12 2016
Ulster 13 10 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday May 22 2015
Glasgow Warriors 16 14 Ulster Match Report
Saturday May 16 2015
Glasgow Warriors 32 10 Ulster Match Report
Saturday October 11 2014
Ulster 29 9 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday April 18 2014
Glasgow Warriors 27 9 Ulster Match Report
Friday September 13 2013
Ulster 12 13 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday February 22 2013
Glasgow Warriors 20 14 Ulster Match Report
Friday January 11 2013
Ulster 23 6 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday October 19 2012
Glasgow Warriors 8 19 Ulster Match Report
Friday August 31 2012
Ulster 18 10 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday November 25 2011
Glasgow Warriors 17 9 Ulster Match Report
Friday September 2 2011
Ulster 28 14 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday March 25 2011
Glasgow Warriors 19 22 Ulster Match Report
Friday October 1 2010
Ulster 19 17 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday April 16 2010
Glasgow Warriors 25 18 Ulster Match Report
Friday December 4 2009
Ulster 13 25 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday April 17 2009
Glasgow Warriors 19 20 Ulster Match Report
Saturday March 7 2009
Ulster 12 0 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday May 3 2008
Ulster 24 35 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday November 2 2007
Glasgow Warriors 25 6 Ulster Match Report
Friday April 27 2007
Ulster 10 24 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday January 6 2007
Glasgow Warriors 8 19 Ulster Match Report
Saturday April 15 2006
Glasgow Warriors 18 27 Ulster Match Report
Saturday January 7 2006
Ulster 25 23 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday March 4 2005
Ulster 30 3 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday October 16 2004
Glasgow Warriors 34 20 Ulster Match Report
Friday February 20 2004
Glasgow Warriors 27 25 Ulster Match Report
Friday November 14 2003
Glasgow Warriors 13 20 Ulster Match Report
Friday September 12 2003
Ulster 33 6 Glasgow Warriors Match Report