Saracens - European Preview: Glasgow Warriors (A)

Oct 12, 2018

European Preview: Glasgow Warriors (A)


Formed: 1872
Twitter: @GlasgowWarriors
Ground: Scotstoun
Capacity: 9,708

Pro 12 - 2014/15
Scottish Inter-District Championship - 1999/00 Tri-Series
1872 Cup - 2007/08, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2016/17
Melrose 7s - 2013/14, 2014/15

Last season:
Pro 14: Play-off semi-finals (lost to Scarlets)
European Champions Cup: Pool Stage
Pro 14 Top Scorer: George Thorne (9)


Glasgow are flying so far this season with five wins from their opening six matches taking them to the top of their conference; their most notable win coming against Munster. The Warriors will be without British and Irish Lion Stuart Hogg on Sunday as he recovers from ankle surgery, an injury picked up last month. Fellow Scotland international Zander Fagerson is recovering from a fractured leg but former Sarrie Petrus du Plessis has been brought in to add cover in the front row. Dave Rennie’s side lost Finn Russell in the summer as well as Henry Pyrgos but Adam Hastings has really stepped up to the plate and incoming duo George Turner and Nick Frisby have added strings to their bow.


Dave Rennie arrived at Scotstoun in the summer of 2017, leading the Warriors to a Guinness Pro14 semi-final in his first campaign in charge. The New Zealander was chosen as the replacement for Scotland-bound Gregor Townsend having consistently impressed in Super Rugby, having led the Chiefs to consecutive titles in 2012 and 2013 and winning significant praise for his team's brand of attacking rugby. His rugby philosophy made an immediate impact at Scotstoun, as Glasgow went unbeaten at home during the 2017/18 Guinness Pro14 regular season. The man from Lower Hutt also led New Zealand’s under-20s to three world titles in a row between 2008 and 2010, overseeing the development of players such as Aaron Cruden and Julian Savea. A qualified school teacher, Rennie is also a keen landscape gardener.


Hastings joined Glasgow Warriors from Bath in 2017, signing a two-year contract with the Guinness Pro14 side. A key member of Scotland’s under-20 setup in 2016, he made 12 appearances during his time at The Rec, learning from international fly-halves George Ford and Rhys Priestland in the Bath squad. Upon arriving at Scotstoun, the fly-half impressed with his willingness to attack the line, scoring 59 points in nine appearances. His form was rewarded with a first call-up to the Scotland national side, making his debut in a 48-10 win over Canada in Edmonton before starring in a record 44-15 win against Argentina on the 2018 summer tour. Son of former Scotland and British and Irish Lions captain Gavin, Hastings is also an accomplished athlete, having represented Scotland in the javelin at under-17 level.


Sunday 2nd April 2017

Saracens (14) 38
Tries: Ashton (2), Bosch, Barritt Cons: Farrell (3) Pens: Farrell (4)

Glasgow (3) 13
Tries: Jones, Wilson Pen: Russell

Defending champions Saracens eased past Glasgow Warriors to set up a European Champions Cup semi-final with Munster.

Owen Farrell penalties and a powerfully finished try from Chris Ashton put the London club 14-3 up at the interval.

Warriors hit back as Lee Jones finished from a fine Finn Russell kick but Marcelo Bosch and Brad Barritt went over before Ashton scored to move level with Vincent Clerc as the all-time leading try scorer in the competition. 

Ryan Wilson got a consolation at the death, but there was a gulf between these teams. Saracens controlled this quarter-final from the first minutes and got their rewards towards the end.

Saracens: Goode, Ashton, Bosch, Barritt, Maitland, Farrell, Wigglesworth; M.Vunipola, George, Figallo, Itoje, Hamilton, Rhodes, Wray, B.Vunipola. Replacements: Brits, Lamositele, Koch, Brown, Conlon, de Kock, Lozowski, D.Taylor.

Glasgow: Hogg, Seymour, Dunbar, P.Horne, L.Jones, Russell, Pyrgos, Reid, Brown, Fagerson, Alainu-uese, Gray, Harley, Wilson, Ashe. Replacements: Flynn, Allan, Puafisi, Peterson, Fusaro, Price, Grigg, Hughes.


Glasgow’s 2017 Champions Cup match at Allianz Park was their first ever quarter-final in the competition. 

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