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Weekend Warriors – How They Rated

Taqele Naiyaravoro on the run for Glasgow - pic © Al Ross
Taqele Naiyaravoro on the run for Glasgow - pic © Al Ross

Glasgow Warriors Player Ratings from the match against Racing 92.

15. Hogg (6) – Making decent breaks, but failing to make the final pass. Can we stop him kicking goals?

14. Naiyaravoro (6) – Couple of big rumbles, but contained well.

13. Bennett (6) – Lively with ball in hand, decent showing.

12. Russell (7) – Better from the youngster. Lovely passing and creativity. Also solid in defence.

11. Lamont (4) – Legs are gone. Defensively a worry and offers very little going forward now.

10. Weir (5) – Will a game go by without him missing touch? Manned up in defence but limited.

9. Price (6) – Decent game from the only 9 in the squad.

8. Ashe (5) – Failed to make gain line too often.

7. Fusaro (5) – One good run but destroyed at the breakdown.

6. Wilson (6) – Better showing. Usual physicality plus some sensible play with ball in hand.

5. Gray (6) – Carried well, tackled well but unable to stop the rolling maul at source.

4. Nakarawa (5) – Mixed bag from Leone. Opposition seem savvy to his game now. Good try though.

3. Fagerson (7) – Scrums went well and he rampaged about in the loose. My Glasgow MotM.

2. MacArthur (6) – Decent return after injury.

1. Reid (6) – Good in defence, scrum went well and willing carrier.


16. Brown (5) – Hit line outs but not much else.

17. Allan (5) – Not as solid in set piece but game was well gone by time he arrived.

18. Puafisi (5) – Read Allan – no real impact.

19. Peterson (4) – The USA international looked off the pace and fumbled a couple of balls. Poor.

20. Blake (6) – The more I see Shug the more I like him. Clever player with some decent breaks.

21. Jones (4) – Struggles for space in 15 a side and was often swamped, running backwards.

22. Johnson (3) – Only on for 7 mins. Can only remember him being smashed into touch.

23. Bryce (4) – Not yet a player for this level – he was up against Imhoff though.

Overall – Racing were poor for 60 minutes but did enough in 20 minutes of powerful play to destroy the Warriors’ chances. I am thinking of just saving ‘Glasgow fail to deal with the rolling maul’ as a template for future posts…

2 Responses

  1. Can’t really argue with that John. Was good to see Hogg looking a bit livlier, although I still think his running style looks restricted, as though he’s carrying an injury – have to hope the Glasgow coaching staff wouldn’t be daft enough to force him to play through it.

    I thought the Weir/Russell experiment seemed to go OK, Finn seemed more like himself with a bit more time on the ball, and Wee Duncy was generally solid in attack and brave as ever in defence – I can’t help think though that Weir needs a change of scene. I know he’s a Glasgow boy through and through and will no doubt be dead set on renewing with Warriors, but I think that he’d flourish in a team more suited to his natural game and perhaps fulfull the potential we all thought he had when he first broke through – maybe hook up again with Sean Lineen at LS??

  2. I think the marks were a bit out here. I keep hearing how good Ryan Wilson is but I cannot see it. Glasgow were up against a better team and it showed. Maybe I expect more from him than Fusaro because he is a much larger man, however I did not get him as a 6 , 5 at best.

    I do not think we can say much more and I would prefer to see the focus on the pro 12 now. This is just a distraction.

    I believe we may be able to restore presence in the pro 12 however it is a big ask as pointed out in earlier posts. It could be the making of Glasgow if they do , however if they do not , I can see further departures and Naiaravoro definately fulfilling the dressing room runmour that he is off down unda at the end of this season and not next. Glasgow need to get back to the bunch of friends having an evenings sport , playing for each other, Not sure who they are playing for here , but the team bonds are not there at present,

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