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Preview: Glasgow Warriors v Ospreys

Paul Eddison 8 Sep 2017

Scotstoun will play host to the only battle between two winning sides from the opening weekend as Glasgow Warriors entertain the Ospreys. The game, which kicks off at 3.15pm will be the first game on home soil for new Glasgow coach Dave Rennie.

What’s at stake? The Warriors impressed as they battled to victory in difficult conditions away to Connacht, while Keelan Giles crossed twice to get the Ospreys up and running at the expense of Zebre. While both teams were strong defensively, this game will give them the chance express themselves on the artificial pitch at Scotstoun.

Team news (Glasgow Warriors): This encounter will see Callum Gibbins make his debut for Glasgow, following his move from the Hurricanes. Gibbins starts in the back row alongside skipper Ryan Wilson and man of the match in Connacht Adam Ashe. Finn Russell also comes into the side at fly-half with Peter Horne shifting out a spot.

Team news (Ospreys): Steve Tandy has made four changes to the team that beat Zebre, with Sam Davies coming into the side at fly-half. Kieron Fonotia also gets the nod to start at outside centre, while the other changes are in the pack, with Lloyd Ashley and James King both included from the start.

Talking points: Callum Gibbins was one of the marquee signings for Dave Rennie at Glasgow and he will get his first chance to show what he can do against the Ospreys. The last many European fans saw of him was in a Hurricanes jersey against the British & Irish Lions, when he scored a try in a 31-31 success. A relentless tackler, he will be a key man at openside.

Key Battle: Given Gibbins’ strengths, his match-up with Justin Tipuric should be particularly entertaining. Tipuric started at openside when the Lions and Hurricanes faced off, so for the second time in less than three months the two flankers will go head-to-head.

Key stat: The Warriors might have built their confidence with victory in Connacht, but they have won just one of their last five games against the Ospreys. The Welsh side’s last win away from home was also in Scotland, a success against Edinburgh in March.

Did you know? Glasgow full-back Ruaridh Jackson last played at Scotstoun in 2015 in a semi-final win over Munster. Following two years in England, he returned to the Warriors this summer.

Glasgow Warriors: R Jackson, L Jones, A Dunbar, P Horne, R Hughes, F Russell, A Price; J Bhatti, G Turner, Z Fagerson, T Swinson, S Cummings, R Wilson, C Gibbins, A Ashe.

Replacements: P MacArthur, O Kebble, D Rae, B Alainu’uese, M Fagerson, H Pyrgos, N Grigg, L Sarto.

Ospreys: D Evans; K Giles, K Fonotia, C Allen, J Hassler; S Davies, T Habberfield; P James, S Parry, M Fia; B Davies, L Ashley; O Cracknell, J Tipuric, J King.

Replacements: S Otten, N Smith, R Jones, A Beard, G Mercer, R Morgan-Williams, J Hook, J Baker.

TV: Sky Sports (KO 3.15pm)

Match officials – Referee: Marius Mitrea (FIR). Assistant Referee 1: Manuel Bottino (FIR). AR2: Sam Grove-White (SRU). TMO: Stefano Penne (FIR).

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Dunbar double secures bonus-point Glasgow Warriors win over Ospreys

Rich Dore 9 Sep 2017

Finn Russell returned to the Glasgow Warriors side to spark a four-try victory over the Ospreys, and secure Dave Rennie a win in his first home game in charge.

After a balanced opening to the game Alex Dunbar raced away for the first try of the afternoon, before Dan Evans touched down a superb riposte for the Ospreys.

The sides were level at the break but Russell wasn’t hanging around, and his quick-thinking saw substitute Leonardo Sarto go over in the corner.

Scotland No.8 Adam Ashe stole a Sam Davies pass to get Glasgow’s third, and Dunbar powered over at the death to seal back-to-back wins to kick off Rennie’s reign.

The Warriors had started on the front foot as they pinned the Ospreys back in their own half, but were unable to convert the pressure into points.

A kicking war ensued but then Dunbar, on his 101st Glasgow appearance, decided to end it, picking up a loose Sam Davies pass and bursting away from four defenders to go in under the posts.

Davies, in for James Hook this week, made amends minutes later though with a lovely delayed pass on the 22 to full-back Dan Evans, who sauntered over the line.

The visitors looked inspired and piled on the pressure, with Tom Habberfield prodding around the fringes and a 26-phase passage of play resulting in a knock-on by Jeff Hassler.

Ospreys finished the half strongly, and the Warriors conceded two late penalties, the second of which was dispatched by Davies to send the sides in 10-10 at the interval.

Young Ospreys starlet Keelan Giles, who scored two tries last week, prevented one at the start of the second half as he raced back towards his line to drag down Rory Hughes just before the line.

Glasgow were looking to accelerate the game and on 53 minutes Russell took a quick-tap and passed to debutant Callum Gibbins, who offloaded to Sarto for the score.

Wales lock Bradley Davies couldn’t of been any closer to a response, but Warriors skipper Ryan Wilson and Ashe managed to get themselves underneath to hold him up.

Ashe was man of the match last week in the 18-12 win over Connacht, with 22 tackles and 20 carries, and he raced away for Glasgow’s third try after intercepting fly-half Davies’ pass.

The Welsh side tried to get back into the game but their wide attacking game hadn’t found the desired space all afternoon, and second-row Davies’ 74th minute yellow curtailed a late fightback.

Scotland centre Dunbar had displayed speed with the first try of the day, but in the 78th minute it was his power that told, as he muscled over from 10 metres to secure the bonus-point.

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