Match Preview: Glasgow Warriors v Munster
A massive weekend of rugby kicks off with a United Rugby Championship firecracker at Scotstoun, as Glasgow Warriors welcome Munster for a match that has all the elements of a classic under the Friday night lights (kick-off 8.15pm).
With the home side sitting third in the URC standings as the competition approaches the halfway stage, Danny Wilson’s men will be looking to use this weekend’s clash as a springboard from which to continue their bid for the playoffs.
The Warriors are unbeaten in the URC since late November, and come into the encounter having dispatched Connacht with an impressive 42-20 win in Galway a fortnight ago.
Friday night’s visitors also have designs on the top-four, however, with Munster sitting just two points behind the Warriors in fifth and with a game in hand.
Match Day Information
Glasgow Warriors v Munster
Friday 11 February, kick-off 8.15pm
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Match Day Squad
There are four changes in total to the starting lineup that claimed a bonus-point win away to Connacht last time out, with Attack Coach Nigel Carolan set to take charge of the team after Head Coach Danny Wilson tested positive for COVID-19.
Simon Berghan comes into the team to start at tight-head, joining fellow Scotland internationals Oli Kebble and Fraser Brown in the front-row.
Richie Gray retains his place in the second-row, as Scott Cummings is released from Scotland camp to partner the Cambuslang product in the engine room.
An unchanged back-row sees Ryan Wilson and Thomas Gordon continue on the flanks, with Jack Dempsey – the top carrier in the United Rugby Championship – starting at number eight for the fourth match in succession.
George Horne starts at scrum-half after a lively showing in Galway a fortnight ago, with Duncan Weir once again lining up outside him in the number 10 jersey.
An all-new centre partnership sees Fergusson paired with Sam Johnson in the midfield, the latter having started in Scotland’s 20-17 victory over England in the Calcutta Cup last weekend.
Sebastian Cancelliere and Ollie Smith are joined by Rufus McLean in the back-three, with the flying McLean looking to build upon a two-try performance in the 42-20 win over Connacht.
Another try-scorer in Galway is named amongst the replacements, as Johnny Matthews joins Nathan McBeth and Enrique Pieretto as the front-row cover for tomorrow night’s clash.
Kiran McDonald rotates to the bench in order to accommodate the returning Cummings, whilst Ally Miller wears the number 20 for the second successive match in the URC.
Jamie Dobie covers scrum-half after a composed cameo off the bench a fortnight ago, with Stafford McDowall continuing to cover the outside backs in the 23 shirt.
The bench is completed by Argentinian international Domingo Miotti, who is in line for his first appearance since December’s win over the Dragons at Scotstoun should he come on to the field.
Head to Head
Arguably the signing of the season across the URC, Jack Dempsey has become an instant fan favourite with the Warrior Nation. No player has carried more often in the competition than the Australian, whose barnstorming breaks with ball in hand have brought the Scotstoun faithful to their feet on more than one occasion this season.
In the red of Munster, Gavin Coombes has been nothing short of a revelation over the last two years. Now firmly in command of the Munster number eight shirt, his power with ball in hand and keen nose for the try-line have seen him quickly become an integral part of the famous Munster pack.
Remarkably it’s been over three years since Munster last visited Scotstoun with the Warrior Nation in the stands, with last season’s meeting between the two teams having been played behind closed doors.
You have to go back to September 2018 for the most recent clash in front of the Scotstoun faithful – not that Glasgow supporters will need too much reminding.
A first-half blitz saw the Warriors blow their opponents away early on, with tries from Scotland captain Stuart Hogg, Callum Gibbins and Adam Ashe ultimately sending the home side on their way to a 25-10 win over their Irish visitors.
You can still secure your seat for Friday night’s clash, with tickets available in all four stands at Scotstoun.
Please note, bronze seats are uncovered
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How to Buy
Tickets are available to purchase online right up until the game (subject to availability) e-tickets will automatically be sent to you at the time of purchase and can be scanned on your phone.
If you need to purchase your ticket in person, the ticket office will be open on the day of the game. The ticket office is located behind the Main Stand and will normally open 4 hours before kick-off. We strongly recommend purchasing online in advance to avoid queues.
For any issues or enquiries, please contact the Scottish Rugby Ticket Centre via email [email protected] or call 0131 378 1600 between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.