PRO14 Round 5: Glasgow v Benetton Treviso

Dave Rennie has made a number of changes from the side that demolished Munster so enjoyably last weekend but it is still a strong looking team. Most of the changes come in the pack where the front row of Bhatti, Turner and Fagerson that has started all of the games so far are rested. Bhatti remains on the bench despite the news that the ever-meandering career of former Lion Ryan Grant will see him once again in Glasgow colours (they’ve also signed Sevens player Robert Beattie in a share deal with Glasgow Hawks).

Most of the changes come in the pack where the front row of Bhatti, Turner and Fagerson that has started all of the games so far are rested. Bhatti remains on the bench despite the news that the ever-meandering career of former Lion Ryan Grant will see him once again in Glasgow colours (they’ve also signed Sevens player Robert Beattie in a share deal with Glasgow Hawks). Callum Gibbins also gets a rest with old-hands Rob Harley and Chris Fusaro given a run out.

In the backs, Finn Russell – who continues to be surrounded by big-money transfer rumours for next season – is rested and Pete Horne takes the reins at standoff. A welcome sight for international watchers is Tommy Seymour lining up on the wing. After an extended layoff following the Lions tour he’ll be itching to pin down his wing spot again, with Leo Sarto and Lee Jones both impressing in recent weeks. With Alex Dunbar possibly out until the autumn at least, Johnson and Grigg should make an effective pairing in the middle.

Scotland hooker Fraser Brown and utility back Brandon Thomson could get their first outings of the season as could young Adam Nicol from the bench. While Zander is rested this week, little brother Matt Fagerson is back in the squad after it was announced he’s signed a full contract with the Warriors until 2020.

It’s not a star-studded Treviso team pitching up at Scotstoun but they have a few more of their biggish names restored than they did when they dispatched Edinburgh and have momentum following a win over the similarly troubled Ospreys.

Not to be taken lightly.

Glasgow Warriors: R Jackson, T Seymour, N Grigg, S Johnson, L Jones, P Horne, H Pyrgos, A Allan, P MacArthur, D Rae, B Alainu’uese, S Cummings, R Harley, C Fusaro, R Wilson (capt)
Replacements: F Brown, J Bhatti, A Nicol, T Swinson, M Fagerson, A Price, B Thomson, N Matawalu

Benetton Rugby: J Hayward, A Esposito, T Benvenuti, A Sgarbi, L Sperandio, M Banks, T Tebaldi, M Barbini, A Steyn, S Negri, D Budd (capt), M Fuser, S Ferrari, L Bigi, C Traore.
Replacements: F Zani, A De Marchi, T Pasquali, F Ruzza, M Lazzaroni, R Barbieri, G Bronzini, I McKinley

Referee: Dan Jones (WRU)

This one’s not on TV but there may be radio coverage.

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5 comments on “PRO14 Round 5: Glasgow v Benetton Treviso

  1. Neil on

    Interesting to see Ryan Grant back at Glasgow , also interesting is that according to the report on bbc is that he is a wing/centre replacement, another one of bbcs mistakes when putting out stuff on scottish rugby.

  2. Scrummo on

    What’s opinions on Rae and Allan? Bhatti and Zander seem to be winning plaudits for their work in the loose but have struggled at scrum time this season. I think Rae could push to be Scotland’s third choice tighthead this season if he plays well.

  3. Wilsysir on

    I am still not accepting that there is no way of watching this game on TV! does anyone know of a live stream or Periscope?
    How many more games (Edinburgh included) are not to be shown?
    Surely someone can show it even on their Youtube or social media channels?

    • Rory Baldwin on

      I think they are probably only a goer if both countries are keen for a broadcast feed. All Italian home games will be televised only select away ones. I would think other than the Italian games there won’t be too many without TV coverage somewhere…

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