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Preview: Zebre Rugby v Glasgow Warriors

Andrew Lawton 5 Jan 2018

Conference A leaders Glasgow Warriors head to Italy in Round 13 of the Guinness PRO14 to face sixth-placed Zebre Rugby at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.

Zebre head into the game having lost back-to-back Italian derbies against Benetton while the Warriors won one lost one against Edinburgh in the 1872 Cup.

What’s at stake? The Warriors, despite their slip up against Edinburgh, still lead Conference A with 11 wins from 12 and are 15 points of chasers Munster.

Their 17-0 win over their Scottish rivals in Round 12 got them back on track as they look to maintain their distance from the chasing pack.

For Zebre, more points will be vital if they’re to stay above Ospreys and off the bottom of the Conference while Connacht are just seven points ahead of the Italians.

Team News (Zebre): Zebre make five changes to the team that was beaten by Benetton last weekend with Edoardo Padovani making his first start of the season.

There’s a club debut for Rory Parata with Giovanbattista Venditti on the wing on his return from injury while Johan Meyer and Tommaso D’Apice are back in the pack.

Team News (Glasgow): Adam Ashe is named in a Glasgow Warriors squad for the first time since October following surgery on his ankle.

The Warriors have a brand new front row of Alex Allan, Siua Halanukonuka and Pat MacArthur with George Horne and Finn Russell starting together for the first time at nine and ten.

Talking Points:

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie said: “Zebre have been impressive. In attack, especially, they lead the competition in a number of stats.

“They carry well, make a lot of line breaks and like to offload. They’re a different team at home and have made it really tough for a lot of teams in Parma.

“We’re going to have to defend really well and build on our ability to maintain pressure and go through the phases which was better last week.”

Key Battle: Edoardo Padovani v Ruaridh Jackson

Padovani returns to Italy after a spell with French giants Toulon and will be looking to show what he’s learned on his season debut against Warriors.

Jackson returns to Glasgow over the summer after periods at Wasps and Harlequins and will hope that some strong performances can keep him in Scotland contention.

The 29-year-old came off the bench against Australia at BT Murrayfield in November and will be optimistic of more caps come the Six Nations.

Key Stat: The Warriors have lost three of their last four away games in all competitions, but have not lost to an Italian opponent since Benetton visited Firhill in September 2011.

Did you know? The two sides have met on ten previous occasions with Glasgow victorious in each instance

Zebre: Edoardo Padovani, Rory Parata, Giulio Bisegni, Tommaso Castello, Giovanbattista Venditti, Carlo Canna, Marcello Violi, Andrea Lovotti, Tommaso D’Apice, Eduardo Bello, David Sisi, George Biagi, Maxime Mbandà, Johan Meyer, Renato Giammarioli

Replacements: Luhandre Luus, Andrea De Marchi, Roberto Tenga, Valerio Bernabò, Derick Minnie, Guglielmo Palazzani, Maicol Azzolini, Ciaran Gaffney

Glasgow Warriors: Ruaridh Jackson, Lee Jones, Huw Jones, Nick Grigg, Niko Matawalu, Finn Russell, George Horne, Alex Allan, Pat MacArthur, Siua Halanukonuka, Greg Peterson, Jonny Gray, Rob Harley, Chris Fusaro, Matt Fagerson

Replacements: James Malcolm, Oli Kebble, D’Arcy Rae, Kiran McDonald, Adam Ashe, Henry Pyrgos, Peter Horne, Brandon Thomson

Match Officials: Referee: Andrew Brace

Assistant Referees: Eddie Hogan-O’Connell, Manuel Bottino

Citing Commissioner: Maurizio Vancini

TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)

TV: Live on Eurosport and BBC Alba

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 can be booked via www.ticketmaster.ie

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Horne helps Glasgow to bonus point win at Zebre

Phil Jones 6 Jan 2018

A man-of-the-match performance from George Horne helped Glasgow Warriors to a twelfth Guinness PRO14 victory of the season.

The Conference A leaders outscored Zebre by six tries to three, with the Scots recording five different try scorers.

With a bonus point in the bag before the first half was out, Glasgow could have run riot in the second period, but a never-say-die attitude from the Italians saw them go in search of their own bonus.

After some early possession and territory for Zebre it was Glasgow that got on the board with their first attack of the game.

A penalty just inside the Zebre half saw Finn Russell kick to touch, with Jonny Gray collecting from the lineout and the ball eventually finding its way to Matt Fagerson to rumble over from the rolling maul – Russell converting.

But Zebre hit back almost immediately as they swiftly switched play from right to left, with Giulio Bisegni playing the telling pass to Renato Giammarioli, who went over on the left flank and Carlo Canna levelling matters with the conversion.

Before the 20-minute mark Glasgow almost had a second score but Huw Jones’ chip to the in-goal area was collected by Edoardo Padovani just before the centre could latch onto it.

Two minutes later the score did come, though, with Lee Jones going in under the posts after collecting from George Horne at the back of scrum and scything through the Zebre defence with a cutting line – Russell easily converting.

Canna had the opportunity to reduce the Zebre deficit five minutes later but his long-distance penalty drifted to the right of the posts.

And making a further statement of intent before the half hour mark, Russell again went for the corner when he could have taken a shy at the posts.

The decision proved fruitful as a try-bound drive was brought down prematurely and the referee awarded a penalty score.

Zebre were doing their best to keep in touch and Canna took them into double figures as Glasgow infringed and this time he bisected the posts with the resultant penalty.

But Glasgow got their bonus point with the clock in the red as Adam Ashe – an early replacement for Chris Fusaro – exchanged passes with Horne before the scrum-half found a gap in the Zebre defence to score in the right corner – Russell missing the conversion from wide out.

Zebre did not let their heads drop, though, as they came out in the second half and laid siege to the Glasgow line.

And after three minutes it was Maxime Mbanda who sniped through a gap in the Warriors defence to cross from just a couple of yards out – Marcello Violi missing the conversion.

After a period of inaction Warriors sparked into life as a miss-pass found Ruaridh Jackson, whose quick hands found Lee Jones to race over on the left wing – Russell making the tough conversion.

But despite being behind, with more than 20 minutes to play Zebre were going in search of bonus points and almost took a step closer in the 58th minute – only for the TMO to rule they failed to ground the ball over the try line.

The score eventually came two minutes later, though, as Glasgow could not clear their lines and Tommaso D’Apice drove over from short range for their third score of the game – Canno missing the penalty.

Glasgow gave the perfect response, though, as Nick Grigg received the ball following a smart grubber kick and tap inside from his fellow centre Jones before racing clear to give Russell a simple conversion.

Neither side could make a further breakthrough in the final ten minutes, though, as Zebre’s hunt for a bonus point went unfulfilled.

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 can be booked via www.ticketmaster.ie

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