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Preview: Glasgow Warriors v Toyota Cheetahs

Charlie Bennett 15 Feb 2018

Glasgow Warriors entertain Toyota Cheetahs with the Scottish side defending a perfect home record in Guinness PRO14.

The two sides met in Bloemfontein in Round 6 with the Warriors handing Cheetahs their only home defeat of the campaign so far.

What’s at stake?

There’s plenty at stake for both Conference A sides in the Scotstoun clash.

Cheetahs need a win to keep the distance between themselves and Cardiff Blues in third place, while also keeping in touch with second-placed Munster.

The Warriors have one hand on a home semi-final and won’t want to let that slip with a defeat.

Team news (Glasgow): Warriors welcome second row duo Scott Cummings and Tim Swinson and centre Sam Johnson back into the side for Friday night’s game.

Scottish international Cummings returns from injury that has kept him out since November and Swinson has recovered from a broken jaw.

Dave Rennie has named an unchanged half-back pairing from last weekend’s draw against Dragons with Adam Hastings and George Horne in the XV.

Team news (Cheetahs): The South Africans have made six changes for their first visit to Scotland in this year’s Guinness PRO14.

Malcolm Jaer and Niel Marais come into the backline, with Charles Marais, Luan de Bruin, Reniel Hugo and Henco Venter providing fresh legs up front.

They are still carrying a lengthy injury list, including Dennis Visser (knee), Tian Meyer (groin) and Tom Botha (calf).

Talking points:

Glasgow huffed and puffed in the second-half of last week’s Dragons draw and head coach Dave Rennie has called on his side to regain its ruthlessness.

Rennie said: “Although we were disappointed to only get a draw against the Dragons we played the game in the right areas of the field and showed good attacking intent.

“The Cheetahs are a good side across the park and we know we’re going to have to be more clinical with our possession this Friday to get the result.

“Sam, Scott and Tim are all influential players for us so to have them back is a huge boost.”

Coach Rory Duncan says Cheetahs will throw caution to the wind as they look to inflict defeat on the Scottish side for only the second time this term.

Flying winger Malcolm Jaer and versatile back Niel Marais have both been reinstated in alterations to the side beaten at Cardiff Blues in Round 14.

Duncan said: “Glasgow are obviously a quality team who have proven that they are tough to beat on their home turf.

“This week we have made some exciting changes to the line-up that we believe suit our style of play intended for this weekend.”

Key battle – Niko Matawalu vs Craig Barry

The unpredictable genius of Fijian flier Matawalu looks set to have a huge impact on this fixture.

The natural scrum-half has been in excellent form since his return from Premiership Rugby in the summer and his 90-metre try against Leinster in November showed what he can do.

His opposite number Barry is also playing out of his ideal role – naturally a full-back – but is highly rated and has featured heavily for the South African Under-20’s in the past.

Key stat
Fred Zeilinga has made his last 22 kicks for the Cheetahs in Guinness PRO14.

Did you know?
Five of the Cheetahs’ six defeats in their PRO14 debut season have come in Europe.

Glasgow: Ruaridh Jackson, Lee Jones, Nick Grigg, Sam Johnson, Niko Matawalu, Adam Hastings, George Horne; Alex Allan, James Malcolm, Siua Halanukonuka, Tim Swinson, Scott Cummings, Rob Harley, Chris Fusaro, Matt Fagerson

Replacements. Grant Stewart, Oli Kebble, D’Arcy Rae, Matt Smith, Adam Ashe, Henry Pyrgos
Brandon Thomson, Ratu Tagive

Cheetahs: Clayton Blommetjies, Craig Barry, Francois Venter (C), Nico Lee, Malcolm Jaer, Niel Marais, Shaun Venter; Charles Marais, Torsten Van Jaarsveld, Luan de Bruin, Justin Basson, Reniel Hugo, Henco Venter, Oupa Mohoje, Uzair Cassiem

Replacements: Jacques Du Toit, Ox Nche, Johan Coetzee, Carl Wegner, Paul Schoeman, Zee Mkhabela, Fred Zeilinga, Luther Obi

Referee: George Clancy (IRFU)

AR1: Sean Gallagher (IRFU) AR2: Sam Grove-White (SRU)

TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)

TV: BBC Alba, SuperSport

Guinness PRO14 Final 2018 Ticket Information: Ticket prices start at just €35 for adults and €10 for children, and can be booked via www.ticketmaster.ie

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Glasgow down Cheetahs to book Guinness PRO14 Final Series berth

Charlie Talbot-Smith 16 Feb 2018

Glasgow Warriors racked up their 13th win of the Guinness PRO14 season thanks to an all-star showing from George Horne asthey became the first team to qualify for the Guinness PRO14 Final Series knock-out stages after toppling the Toyota Cheetahs.

Nikola Matawalu, Ruaridh Jackson, Siua Halanukonuka, Horne and Henry Pyrgos scored for Glasgow as they eventually ground down a resilient Cheetahs.

Glasgow started like an express train after five minutes; Nick Grigg broke through the Cheetahs defence in his own 22 and raced clear to halfway before feeding Horne but the South African side scrambled back to clear the danger.

The game was turned on its head three minutes later though as Glasgow lost the ball on the Cheetahs line, allowing the visitors to race the length of the field as Malcolm Jaer showing a turn of pace to score, with Niel Marais adding the extras.

Rocked by the score, Glasgow’s pacey winger Matawalu chose a penetrative line to burst over from 30 metres out to bring his side back into the game. After a short disagreement between the packs, Adam Hastings scored the conversion.

The two sides met in Bloemfontein in Round 6 of the PRO14, with the Warriors handing Cheetahs their only home defeat of the campaign so far.

And on 19 minutes it looked like becoming a Glasgow double this season as full-back Jackson produced a moment of individual magic to chip ahead, kick on again and then gather and score his side’s second try to make it 12-7.

Nine players are unavailable to Glasgow coach Dave Rennie because of Scotland commitments, with another nine on the injury list, but the absentees did little to stop first-half dominance for the Warriors.

Glasgow extended their lead further on 34 minutes as Hastings nailed a penalty to give his side some much-needed breathing space.

A moment of madness from Matawalu allowed Cheetahs to get a foothold back in the game on the stroke of half-time, the creative winger needlessly put up a crossfield kick in his own 22. Glasgow turned the ball over and subsequent Cheetahs pressure led to a Marais penalty.

Marais – making only his fifth start of the season so far – landed a long-range penalty on 45 minutes to pull Cheetahs to within two points of Glasgow.

Halanukonuka ensured Glasgow were rewarded for a period of sustained pressure deep in Cheetahs territory by burrowing over from close range for his first Warriors’ score on 50 minutes.

Hastings was unable to add the extras as Glasgow stretched their lead to seven points with their third try of the evening.

Almost immediately Glasgow were penalised at scrum time and Marais knocked over the penalty to bring Cheetahs back into contention at 20-16.

Glasgow secured the try bonus point just before the hour mark as Horne finished off a fantastic flowing move to notch his ninth touchdown of the season and Hastings added the extras.

Clayton Blommetjies reduced the deficit again for the Cheetahs as they refused to lie down, finishing for the visitors in the corner with Marais kicking the conversion to leave the score at 27-23.

But with 15 minutes left to play Hastings extended Glasgow’s lead with a simple penalty in front of the posts and seconds later the home side scored try number five as Pyrgos finished off a long-range score.

Guinness PRO14 Final 2018 Ticket Information: Ticket prices start at just €35 for adults and €10 for children, and can be booked via www.ticketmaster.ie

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