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Preview: Glasgow Warriors v Benetton Rugby

Andrew Lawton 28 Sep 2017

Unbeaten Glasgow Warriors welcome Benetton Rugby to Scotstoun Stadium on Friday night looking to build on a very strong start to the new Guinness PRO14 season.

What’s at stake? The Warriors can extend their unbeaten start to the season to five games with victory over the Italians and tighten their grip on the summit of Conference A. Benetton meanwhile will be looking for points to move further ahead of Dragons and Southern Kings at the bottom of Conference B having recorded two wins from their opening four games. The Italian side have won both their last two games, following up their 20-17 win in Edinburgh with a 16-6 success over Ospreys at Stadio Monigo.

Team news (Glasgow Warriors): Dave Rennie has made nine changes to the side that beat Munster in Round 4 with British & Irish Lion Tommy Seymour set for his first game at home this year. Peter Horne moves across to fly-half while there’s an all-new front row of Alex Allan, D’Arcy Rae and Pat MacArthur. Brian Alainu’uese joins Scott Cummings in the engine room with the experienced trio of Rob Harley, Chris Fusaro and Ryan Wilson completing the pack.

Team news (Benetton): Fly-half Marty Banks replaces Ian McKinley with Tito Tebaldi starting at scrum-half ahead of Edoardo Gori in the only changes to the Italians’ backline. Marco Barbini is alongside Sebastian Negri and Abraham Steyn in the back row with Dean Budd moving into the second row alongside Marco Fuser. Cherif Traore is selected ahead of Alberto De Marchi at prop.

Talking points: Benetton have two wins from their last two games so will be full of confidence for their trip to Scotland, especially after beating Edinburgh in Round 3. And Warriors assistant coach Kenny Murray is wary of the threat posed by the in-form Italians despite the impressive recent performances of his own squad. He said: “Benetton look as if they’re playing with a lot more confidence and ambition. They’ve moved the ball well against teams this year and we need to be ready to defend well against them.
“They’ve got a big forward pack and are very direct in their game plan. The boys are really looking forward to playing at home again and backing up last week’s performance.”

Key Battle: Ryan Wilson v Marco Barbini

Barbini is promoted from the bench to No.8 for this weekend and comes up against a Warriors captain who has over 100 caps for his club. With the scrum likely to be a key area of this match, whichever player can get the better go-forward ball from the base will have a big impact in determining the outcome.

Key Stat: Warriors’ only defeat in their last six matches at Scotstoun was to Edinburgh in the second leg of the 1872 Cup in May.

Did you know? The Italians have won two of their last three away games, including a victory on their most recent visit to Scotland – two weeks ago in Edinburgh.

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

Replacements: F Brown, J Bhatti, A Nicol, T Swinson, M Fagerson, A Price, B Thomson, N Matawalu

Benetton: J Hayward, A Esposito, T Benvenuti, A Sgarbi, L Sperandio, M Banks, T Tebaldi, C Traore, L Bigi, S Ferrari, M Fuser, D Budd, S Negri, A Steyn, M Barbini

Replacements: F Zani, A De Marchi, T Pasquali, F Ruzza, M Lazzaroni, R Barbieri, G Bronzini, I McKinley

Match officials – Referee: Dan Jones (WRU), AR1: Rhys Thomas (WRU), AR2: Cammy Rudkin (SRU)

Guinness PRO14 Final 2018 Ticket Information: Fans can save up to 20% on selected tickets, and prices start at just €30 for adults and €5 for children, and be booked via www.ticketmaster.ie

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Glasgow hold off late Benetton fightback to maintain winning start

Ross Lawson 29 Sep 2017

Tommy Seymour’s first home appearance of the season ended in impressive fashion as his try paved the way for another Glasgow Warriors Guinness PRO14 victory, this time over Benetton Rugby.

The Scottish international winger crossed in the first half, joined on the scoreboard by Rob Harley before the first 40 minutes was up.

Peter Horne – alongside his 12 points from the boot – also got in on the act with a try after the interval, while Sam Johnson’s late score notched the bonus point as the Warriors secured their fifth win from five this season.

The Italian side responded through Marco Lazzaroni just before the hour mark as well as Federico Ruzza, though their third Guinness PRO14 win of the season was not to be forthcoming.

It’s taken a while for Seymour to take his Scotstoun bow this year, but he needed just 15 minutes to make up for lost time with a move straight off the training field.

Attacking off a line-out, Glasgow worked the ball out to their talismanic wing, bisecting the Benetton defence to crash under the posts for the game’s first score.

A second was to come soon after, this time from Harley, though he had plenty to thank the rest of his Scottish team for before adding the finishing touches.

Going through the phases, Glasgow ended up in the Italian 22 where Harley took charge, the flanker charging through to dot down and open up a 14-point lead.

The first of Marty Banks’ three first-half penalties got Benetton on the board, though Horne too was impressive with the boot to ensure his side led 17-9 come the half-time whistle.

The initial score of the second half looked to be key and it was the hosts who got it, with Horne transforming his form from the tee to get his side’s third try of the evening.

This one was completely of his own doing too, intricate and nimble on his feet to steps, spins and sway his way to the try line – adding the finishing touches with the conversion.

But Benetton – with two victories already to their names this season – were not to be done there as Lazzaroni crossed with 23 minutes still to play.

Sending a penalty to the corner, the Italians pushed over from the resulting line-out, with the replacement credited for their first score of the contest.

That inspired plenty of confidence in the visitors, setting up a grandstand finale thanks to Ruzza 12 minutes from time.

After a period of pressure, it was another score to come from a replacement, burrowing his way over the line to narrow the deficit to six.

Brandon Thomson’s penalty gave his Glasgow side some late breathing space with time ticking down.

And with seven minutes extra played with the ball still alive, there was still just enough time for centre Johnson to add gloss to the proceedings – picking up the all-important bonus point in the process.

Guinness PRO14 Final 2018 Ticket Information: Fans can save up to 20% on selected tickets, and prices start at just €30 for adults and €5 for children, and be booked via www.ticketmaster.ie

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