Friday 17th May 2019
Dave Rennie has picked arguably his strongest current team for the visit of Ulster tomorrow night in what will be Stuart Hogg’s last game for Glasgow at Scotstoun, but which he and the Warrior Nation hope will not be the end of the story.
Ulster will be looking to give Rory Best a winning sendoff at Celtic Park by snatching a win on the road, but for Glasgow the lure of a home final is now tantalisingly close and you would think the form book is on their side, just.
There’s no room for sentiment at Scotstoun with Scotland starters Ryan Wilson and Huw Jones sitting on the bench. Youngsters Tom Gordon and Kyle Steyn are rewarded with fine recent form by keeping their places in the squad, starting at Jones’s expense in Steyn’s case.
It has the side effect of giving the Warriors a very strong looking bench packed with both skill, experience and both Horne brothers.
If there is a worry, it is perhaps potential rustiness of DTH Van Der Merwe who is just back from injury, and the lack of second row cover on the bench – Rob Harley would presumably deploy here as required.
All eyes will be on Scotstoun come Friday night.
Glasgow Warriors: Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Kyle Steyn, Sam Johnson, DTH Van Der Merwe, Adam Hastings, Ali Price; Jamie Bhatti, Fraser Brown, Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings, Jonny Gray, Rob Harley, Callum Gibbins (capt), Matt Fagerson.
Replacements: Grant Stewart, Oli Kebble, D’Arcy Rae, Ryan Wilson, Tom Gordon, George Horne, Pete Horne, Huw Jones.
Unavailable players: Bruce Flockhart (shoulder), Chris Fusaro (hamstring), Siua Halanukonuka (shoulder), Niko Matawalu (knee), Robbie Nairn (thigh), Matt Smith (shoulder), Tim Swinson (ankle) and George Turner (head).
Ulster: Jacob Stockdale, Robert Baloucoune, Luke Marshall, Stuart McCloskey, Louis Ludik, Billy Burns, John Cooney; Eric O’Sullivan, Rory Best (captain), Ross Kane, Iain Henderson, Kieran Treadwell, Nick Timoney, Jordi Murphy, Marcell Coetzee.
Replacements: Rob Herring, Andy Warwick, Tom O’Toole, Alan O’Connor, Sean Reidy, Dave Shanahan, Michael Lowry, Darren Cave.