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Preview: Scarlets vs Glasgow Warriors

Charlie Peat 6 Apr 2018

We should be in for an absolute treat at Parc Y Scarlets as the most successful Guinness PRO14 side this campaign head to the home of the defending champions.

Scarlets, fresh from advancing to the semi-finals of the European Champions Cup, entertain Glasgow Warriors as the race for the Final Series intensifies.

What’s at stake?

Scarlets are hunting down Leinster at the top of Conference B – sitting three points behind the Irish province.

The defending champions are 15 points clear of fourth-placed Ulster Rugby in the race for the Final Series with three rounds remaining.

The Warriors are flying at the top of Conference A and a win in Wales would secure first place in the standings.

Dave Rennie’s men are currently 12 points clear of second-placed Munster and have lost only twice this campaign.

Team news (Scarlets)

Following a hard-fought victory over La Rochelle in the European Champions Cup, Wayne Pivac has made two changes to his starting XV.

Ioan Nicholas returns to start on the wing for the Welsh region alongside Leigh Halfpenny and Steff Evans.

The only other starting line-up alteration is Steve Cummins, coming in for David Bulbring in the second row.

Team news (Glasgow Warriors)

Glasgow Warriors welcome back a further six Scotland internationals to their squad.
Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour return to the back three, joining DTH Van Der Merwe, who scored two tries against Zebre.

Ali Price and Finn Russell are the starting half-backs, while Sam Johnson and Nick Grigg combine in midfield.

Captain Ryan Wilson starts alongside Callum Gibbins and Rob Harley in the back-row. Jonny Gray partners with Tim Swinson and Oli Kebble and Zander Fagerson pack down either side of George Turner.

Talking points

Head coach Wayne Pivac said: “We’ve said from day one that we want to defend, and go and win the PRO14 again, but also be competitive in Europe. The first aim there is to make the play-offs. We’ve achieved that in Europe but we are yet to secure that in the PRO14.

“Dave Rennie is a very good coach, I know Dave well. He’s come in to a side that has a good history in this competition, they play an attractive style of rugby, that hasn’t changed.

“They’re flying in the competition and they have the luxury of what we did last season being able to freshen guys up now that they’re out of Europe and we have to be wary of that.

“We’ve got a few guys leaving at the end of the year and we want to go out there and play well for them but also play well for the fans to back up what they did last week.”

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie said: “We’ve had a good week training. It has been great to have the rest of the Scotland boys back in refreshed following a positive Six Nations.

“Scarlets lead the comp in turnover tries so we know how dangerous they can be. Ball security will be key.”

Key battle – Leigh Halfpenny v Stuart Hogg

Two titans collide at Parc Y Scarlets as Welsh wizard Leigh Halfpenny faces up against Scotland’s finest Stuart Hogg.

The pair return to the Guinness PRO14 fold after successful campaigns in the Six Nations as Hogg makes his first start for the Warriors in the Championship in 2018.

With two studded line-ups heading to south Wales, whoever emerges triumphant from Halfpenny and Hogg will go a long way to deciding this huge fixture.

Key stat:

Tadhg Beirne has a colossal 37 turnovers for Scarlets in the Guinness PRO14 this season, 16 more than any other player.

Did you know?

The Welshmen are unbeaten in their last 19 Championship matches at Parc y Scarlets since Munster beat them there in the opening round last season

Scarlets: Leigh Halfpenny, Ioan Nicholas, Scott Williams, Hadleigh Parkes, Steff Evans, Rhys Patchell, Gareth Davies, Rob Evans, Ken Owens (C), Samson Lee, Tadhg Beirne, Steve Cummins, Aaron Shingler, James Davies, John Barclay.

Replacements: Ryan Elias, Dylan Evans, Werner Kruger, Lewis Rawlins, Will Boyde, Aled Davies, Dan Jones, Steff Hughes.

Glasgow Warriors: Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Nick Grigg, Sam Johnson, DTH van der Merwe, Finn Russell, Ali Price, Jamie Bhatti, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Tim Swinson, Jonny Gray, Rob Harley, Callum Gibbins, Ryan Wilson (C).

Replacements: Grant Stewart, Oli Kebble, Siua Halanukonuka, Scott Cummings, Chris Fusaro, Henry Pyrgos, Peter Horne, Lelia Masaga.

Referee: George Clancy (IRFU)

AR1: David Wilkinson (IRFU) AR2: Gwyn Morris (WRU)

Citing Commissioner: Chris Morgan (WRU)

TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)

TV: Sky Sports Action (4.15pm KO)

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Patchell double edges Scarlets past Glasgow Warriors

Rich Dore 7 Apr 2018

Rhys Patchell’s double helped Scarlets to a win over Glasgow Warriors and a boost to their Guinness PRO14 Final Series chances.

The match was scoreless after the first quarter but Patchell burst over the line just before the half-hour mark for the game’s first score.

Leigh Halfpenny added a penalty and in the second half grabbed a second three-pointer before Gareth Davies intercepted an Ali Price pass for a second try.

Replacement Peter Horne kicked a second-half penalty for the Warriors and assisted Henry Pyrgos’ score, but it wasn’t quite enough for Glasgow who remain at the top of Conference A.

Both of these sides are famed for their attacking rugby and they lived up to that billing in the opening quarter with play going from end to end.

Following a penalty against John Barclay for not rolling away from the tackle, Finn Russell got the chance to open the scoring with his boot but struck the post from 30 metres out.

Scarlets full-back Halfpenny had a similar opportunity to put his side three points ahead minutes later, remarkably also striking the post.

This time though Scarlets regathered off the posts and the ball eventually found its way to Patchell, who chose the most direct route possible, ricocheting through a dissipating ruck to get over the tryline.

Halfpenny missed the conversion but found his shooting boots minutes later, knocking over a long-range penalty to create an 8-0 lead.

With the last play of the half Russell kicked to the corner with a penalty awarded inside the Scarlets 22.

The Warriors couldn’t make it over the line from the catch-and-drive, were awarded a penalty once again but opted for a scrum where Scarlets were able to reverse the penalty.

Horne kicked Glasgow’s first points of the afternoon shortly after the restart but on 55 minutes the home side had their second try when Davies picked off a Price pass in a carbon copy of his try for Wales against Scotland in the 2018 Six Nations.

The scrum-half touched down in the corner and Halfpenny missed the conversion but did add a penalty five minutes later.

The Warriors were in no mood to submit though and owed their first try to their replacements, with Horne breaking through a ruck into the opposition 22 and offloading to Pyrgos for the score.

At 19-8 Glasgow tried desperately for another score but it wasn’t to be as Patchell jinked his way over in the corner to round off an impressive victory.

Guinness PRO14 Final 2018 Ticket Information: Prices start at just €35 at www.ticketmaster.ie with tickets available to suit every experience.
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For Travel packages visit: https://www.pro14rugby.org/travel-packages
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