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PRO14 Round 18: Glasgow v Cheetahs – the teams

Callum Gibbins - pic by Al Ross
Callum Gibbins took the fight to Munster all night - pic © ALASTAIR ROSS | Novantae Photography

Date: Sat 23rd March 2019
KO: 19:45
Venue: Scotstoun Stadium

Dave Rennie’s Glasgow team isn’t in quite as much trouble in terms of the league as Richard Cockerill’s Edinburgh, so he’s rested most of his Scotland stars ahead of a tricky European quarter final against Saracens.

For the visit of the Cheetahs, both Fagerson brothers are back in harness while the most welcome news for the #Warriornation will be the return of Callum Gibbins as captain and openside.

Adam Hastings is perhaps one who will want some time off the bench to show he should be back in contention for the 10 shirt after a tricky last few months in Glasgow colours but some assured cameos for Scotland. Pete Horne starts at standoff and it will be interesting to see if either of them can knock Brandon Thomson out of the way in Rennie’s mind.

Stuart Hogg, Huw Jones, Ryan Wilson and George Horne remain on the injured list for now which mean some game time for younger lads like Bruce Flockhart, Patrick Kelly and Robbie Nairn. Development of the next generation of Glasgow stars continues apace.

Glasgow Warriors: Ruaridh Jackson, Nikola Matawalu, Kyle Steyn, Stafford MacDowell, Rory Hughes, Pete Horne, Nick Frisby; Oli Kebble, Fraser Brown, Zander Fagerson, Tim Swinson, Scott Cummings, Rob Harley, Callum Gibbins (capt), Matt Fagerson.
Replacements: Grant Stewart, Jamie Bhatti, Siua Halanukonuka, Bruce Flockhart, Chris Fusaro, Adam Hastings, Patrick Kelly, Robbie Nairn.

Toyota Cheetahs: Malcolm Jaer, William Small-Smith, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, Dries Swanepoel, Rabs Maxwane, Tian Schoeman, Tian Meyer, Charles Marais, Marnus van der Merwe, Aranos Coetzee, Sintu Manjezi, Walt Steenkamp, Daniel Maartens, Abongile Nonkontwana, Hanco Venter.
Replacements: Joseph Dweba, Reinach Venter, Luan de Bruin, Justin Zasson, JP du Preez, Gerhard Olivier, Shaun Venter, Louis Fouche.

Referee: George Clancy

Not available due to injury: Kevin Bryce (knee), Nick Grigg (ankle), Stuart Hogg (shoulder), George Horne (shoulder), Huw Jones (knee), Lee Jones (knee), Lelia Masaga (back), Kiran McDonald (back), Matt Smith (shoulder), George Turner (head), DTH van der Merwe  (shoulder) and Ryan Wilson (knee).

8 Responses

  1. Think Hastings had an excellent not tricky time in Scotland colours albeit out of position.

    1. Think you maybe need to reread that sentence. It’s his recent time in a Glasgow shirt which has been ‘tricky’.

  2. Bit off topic but Rory Hutchinson had yet another good performance in the 13 jersey for Northampton. Would love to see him given a shot in the WC warmups.

    Can’t see Glasgow losing this one.

  3. A real ying & yang from our 2 pro teams. Edinburgh all 10 man rugby pragmatism to the freewheeling adventurism attempted by Glasgow.
    Musings from last night.
    As Scrummo says McDowall looks a real prospect, Horne still not a 10, exciting/reckless/messy/poor/good plays, Gibbins made a few crucial plays, Hastings was really poor (makes me wonder…. is Brandon Thompson is Glasgow’s best 10?). M.Fagerson did well, Hoggy’s hair!!!!!.
    Another point – a swap McDowell for Bradbury makes sense (IMO)

    1. We’ll keep Maguns thanks! We’ll take McDowell too though.. His star really is rising impressively.
      Good to see Matt Scott playing again though. Solid considering how long he’s been out. And Barclay was very good. The more of these players we can get match fit by the end of the season, the merrier.

      1. I think Edinburgh have at least 4 quality centres in Dean/Johnstone/Scott & Bennett, just need to keep them all injury free and have them pushing each other on, they dont really need another.

        Glasgow on the other hand really do need some power in the pack, either a 2nd row or backrow needs depth added.

        With the Hogg money sign up Skinner or R.Gray & a Hamilton/Crosbie from Edinburgh or Hardie/Denton from aviva.

        Its all good & well developing talent from within which Rennie has been excellent as but its alot harder to develop raw power/Physicality.

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