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May 17, 2024

Glasgow team to face the Emirates Lions

Posted by Editor on May 17, 2024 10:03 AM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Oli Kebble start for Glasgow
Franco Smith has named his Glasgow team to take on the Emirates Lions in Saturday's crunch URC meeting in Johannesburg.

The starting XV shows five alterations from last weekend's encounter with the Vodacom Bulls, as Smith's side look to conclude their South African tour with victory against the Emirates Lions tomorrow afternoon.

The Warriors know that a win will keep their hopes of a top-two finish in their own hands going into the final round of competition, after picking up two bonus-points in defeat at Loftus Versfeld last time out.

Murphy Walker - fresh from making his first appearance for the club in 512 days last weekend - joins childhood friend and fellow former Dundee Eagle, Angus Fraser, in a Glasgow Warriors matchday 23 for the first time, as Oli Kebble completes the starting front-row.

An unchanged second row sees Gregor Brown and Scott Cummings continue together in the engine room, the pair having each turned in industrious shifts in Pretoria last weekend.

Euan Ferrie and Henco Venter are both promoted to the starting XV after coming off the bench against the Bulls last time out, with Rory Darge completing the back-row as he packs down on the openside flank.

George Horne and Tom Jordan continue their combination in the half-backs, both me having contributed from the tee in addition to around the field last weekend.

The midfield combination is similarly unchanged, meaning Sione Tuipulotu and Stafford McDowall dove-tail for the fifth successive fixture in the centres.

Kyle Rowe is the only alteration to the starting back-line as the Scotland winger comes into the lineup in place of Sebastian Cancelliere, joining captain Kyle Steyn and full-back Josh McKay in the back-three.

An all-international front-row lies in wait for their opportunity when called upon tomorrow afternoon, as the top try-scorer in the BKT United Rugby Championship, Johnny Matthews, joins Jamie Bhatti and Zander Fagerson amongst the replacements.

Max Williamson continues in the number 19 jersey, whilst Matt Fagerson and Jack Dempsey - for the first time in his Glasgow Warriors career - rotate to the bench after starting last time out.

The back-line is once again covered by Jamie Dobie and Duncan Weir, the latter having become only the third player in Glasgow Warriors history to surpass 900 points when slotting the crucial last-minute penalty in Pretoria last Saturday.

Speaking following selection, Head Coach Smith told "Training this week has been competitive and focused, with everyone looking forward to tomorrow's challenge.

"The Lions are a dangerous team across the field, who have the ability to hurt any team in transition and who will look to attack from anywhere.

"They will provide us with a stern test, and we know that we will have to be at our best tomorrow afternoon."

Glasgow Warriors

15 Josh McKay

14 Kyle Steyn (Captain)
13 Stafford McDowall
12 Sione Tuipulotu
11 Kyle Rowe

10 Tom Jordan
9 George Horne

1 Oli Kebble
2 Angus Fraser
3 Murphy Walker
4 Gregor Brown
5 Scott Cummings
6 Euan Ferrie
7 Rory Darge
8 Henco Venter


16 Johnny Matthews
17 Jamie Bhatti
18 Zander Fagerson
19 Max Williamson
20 Matt Fagerson
21 Jack Dempsey
22 Jamie Dobie
23 Duncan Weir

Unavailable for selection: Fraser Brown (knee), Richie Gray (bicep), Gregor Hiddleston (calf), Huw Jones (hand), JP du Preez (knee), Alex Samuel (head), Ollie Smith (knee), Logan Trotter (thigh), George Turner (foot), Sione Vailanu (knee).