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Preview: Glasgow Warriors v Southern Kings

Rich Dore 26 Oct 2017

Glasgow Warriors welcome the Southern Kings to Scotstoun on Friday night looking to resume an unbeaten run that sees Dave Rennie’s side sit atop Conference A with six wins from six. The Kings arrive in Scotland refreshed after a two-week break and with some fantastic new recruits to their squad.

What’s at stake: The South African side journey to Glasgow looking for their first Guinness PRO14 points and may sense it’s a good time to face the Warriors, with Rennie’s men having lost their last two fixtures, both in the European Champions Cup.

Meanwhile, the Warriors will be pleased with their start to the Guinness PRO14 season but with Munster and the Toyota Cheetahs hot on their heels in Conference A, no slip-ups can be afforded.

Team news (Glasgow Warriors): There’s an all-new half-back pairing for the Warriors with scrum-half George Horne and fly-half Adam Hastings both making their first starts for the club.

Stuart Hogg retains his place from the Champions Cup match against Leinster to start at full-back – he’s joined in the back three by Lee Jones and Niko Matawalu.

Team news (Southern Kings): The Kings welcome new additions to their squad this weekend, with fly-half Martin Du Toit in the starting XV and prop Mzamo Majola taking his place amongst the replacements.

Sibusiso Sithole has sustained a long-term knee injury but key man Yaw Penxe returns to the wing after missing the last fixture against Benetton Treviso in early October.

Talking points: As the first-ever meeting between the two sides, Friday night is set to be a historic encounter and the players will no doubt be looking make a big impression.

The mood in the Kings camp is positive, and having begun the Guinness PRO14 season hot off the back of their Super Rugby campaign, are looking to capitalise on their recent break.

“We have not only been able to get over a few knocks and niggles but also had a chance to focus on a few things that our lack of pre-season preparation had not made possible,” said Kings captain Michael Willemse.

“After six weeks of really hard rugby I think the break came as a blessing for us.”

Key Battle: Yaw Penxe v Niko Matawalu

Fijian Matawalu, in his second spell with the Warriors, gets his first start of the season on the wing but can also cover scrum-half and will add another playmaker to the home side’s XV.

The unpredictable Matawalu will come up against jet-heeled Penxe, who has caused problems for every defence he’s faced this season and will be desperate to make an impact on his return from injury.

Key stat: Glasgow Warriors have dropped only two possible league points in the Guinness PRO14 this season, failing to secure a try bonus point on their trips to Connacht in Round One and Cardiff in Round Three.

Did you know? The two sides have not met before but Warriors did beat the other South African team, the Toyota Cheetahs, 29-26 in Bloemfontein Round Six.

Glasgow Warriors: S Hogg; L Jones, N Grigg, S Johnson, N Matawalu; A Hastings, G Horne; A Allan, P MacArthur, Z Ferguson, S Cummings, J Gray, R Harley, M Smith, M Fagerson
Replacements: G Turner, R Grant, A Nicol, G Petersen, L Wynne, R Jackson, S McDowall, L Masaga

Southern Kings: M Banda; Y Penxe, B Klaasen, L Vulindlu, A Bock; M Du Toit, R van Rooyen; S Ferreira, M Willemse, R De Klerk, S Greeff, B De Wee, A Ntsila, J van Vuuren, R Lerm

Replacements: T Balekile, M Majola, M Dreyer, L Mtyanda, K Majola, R Gouws, O Zono, J Nel

TV: BBC ALBA (KO: 7.35pm)

Match Officials – Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU) AR1: Lloyd Linton (SRU) AR2: Sam Grove-White (SRU) TMO: Neil Paterson (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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Warriors power away to seventh win of campaign

Paul Eddison 27 Oct 2017

Glasgow Warriors responded to their European disappointment in fine style as they made it seven wins from seven in the Guinness PRO14 with a 43-13 win over Southern Kings at Scotstoun on Friday night.

While the final score shows a convincing Warriors win, this was a tight game for much of the first half until a three-minute blitz from the home side swung the momentum their way.

Two converted tries in quick succession helped Dave Rennie’s team take control of the game, and Zander Fagerson added a fourth just before the hour to wrap up the bonus point.

That keeps the Warriors in control of Conference A, and was the perfect response to successive losses to Exeter Chiefs and Leinster in Europe.

The Warriors made a dream start when Stuart Hogg crossed after just a minute, the Scotland full-back picking up from where he left off a week ago against Leinster. He finished off a brilliant score, made by Sam Johnson’s break through the middle.

At that point it looked as if the Warriors were going to cruise to a seventh straight victory in the Guinness PRO14, but the Kings fought back well and took the lead thanks to two Maxisole Banda penalties, with the visitors showing their strength in the set-piece.

Glasgow needed a response, and they finally got one just after the half-hour with two tries in the space of three minutes.

The first came after a scrum in midfield with Nick Grigg sent on a powerful run. While he was stopped, a couple of rucks later Niko Matawalu showed his athleticism to leap over the ruck and dot down.

Adam Hastings converted, and was at it again three minutes later following Grigg’s score.

That try came after a chargedown deep in Kings territory. The Warriors kept pressing and eventually man of the match George Horne’s wide pass put Grigg over.

That made it 19-6 at the break, with Glasgow just one try away from the bonus point.

The second half was a slow burner initially, but having worked their way up into Kings territory, the Warriors turned to a training park move to extend their lead.

From a five-metre lineout, Jonny Gray took the ball and then as Fagerson looped around the ball was palmed down to him. At full pelt there was no way he was going to be stopped by Rudi van Rooyen and the Warriors prop crashed over. Hastings’ conversion came back off the post.

They were able to push on from there, with Matt Smith emerging from a pile of bodies after a dominant rolling maul from the home side. Having come on for Hastings, Ruaridh Jackson imitated him by hitting the post with the conversion attempt.

Try number six followed, this time the impressive Horne sniping over, and although the Kings responded with an intercept score by Jacques Nel, the Warriors had the last laugh as George Turner crossed for a final try with the last play of the game.

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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