Munster v Edinburgh | Glasgow Warriors v Benetton
Edinburgh travel to play Munster in Limerick on Friday night and then Glasgow Warriors host Benetton at Scotstoun on Saturday in the URC.
Edinburgh face a tough away trip to face Irish side Munster at Thomond Park, where they will look to bounce back after a defeat away against Leinster.
Edinburgh are no strangers to winning in Limerick, and were the last Scottish side to achieve that feat with a 14-13 success just over seven years ago. More recently, the capital club triumphed against Munster at Musgrave Park, snatching a 18-16 win in November 2019.
But their only victory over an Irish province in two years was by a solitary point against Connacht in March last year, and will meet a Munster side that have won their last seven home matches since Connacht defeated them during last season's Rainbow Cup.
On facing Munster, Head Coach Mike Blair said: "It is a similar game to the Leinster game isn't it? Even if they lose a few players they are still strong and still a Munster team at Thomond Park.
“They will be extremely competitive. I think they will get a few players back as well. We are expecting a real battle out there.
“Part of the disappointment of the Leinster game was round our physicality. There is no better place than to go than to Thomond Park to see if we have learned the lessons from the week before."
Supporters can follow the game live on Premier Sports (Friday 18 February, kick-off 7.35pm) or via the Match Centre at edinburghrugby.org.
Glasgow Warriors will be looking to make it four wins on the bounce in the United Rugby Championship this weekend, as Danny Wilson’s squad welcomes Benetton to Scotstoun for a crucial Scottish-Italian Shield clash.
A hard-fought 13-11 victory over Munster last time out saw the Warriors elevate themselves to joint-second in the URC standings, just a point behind leaders Ulster as the competition moves past the halfway stage.
With top spot in the Scottish-Italian Shield assuring qualification for next season’s Heineken Champions Cup, Wilson’s men will be looking to lay down a marker to the men from Treviso this Saturday night.
However, with the Italian side the most recent team to get the better of the Warriors in the URC, you can guarantee that no-one at Scotstoun will be taking the Leoni for granted.
Match Day Information
Glasgow Warriors v Benetton Rugby
Saturday 19 February, kick-off 7.35pm
Head to Head
He might have had to bide his time so far in the 2021/22 season, but Ollie Smith has more than hit the ground running since the turn of the year. A brace of tries in a seven-minute cameo off the bench against La Rochelle at the end of January saw him earn a place in the starting XV for the trip to Connacht the following weekend, with Smith taking full advantage of the opportunity in a devastating attacking performance. His composure was then on full display in the win over Munster, providing a calm presence in the 15 jersey in testing conditions.
An off-season acquisition from the Toyota Cheetahs, Benetton fans have certainly adopted Rhyno Smith as one of their own in 2021/22. The full-back, who scored in the reverse fixture between the two sides back in November, will be keeping the Glasgow defence on their toes come Saturday night with a blend of blistering acceleration and elusive footwork.
Whilst it might have been played behind closed doors, the Warrior Nation watching from home were treated to a try-fest on Benetton’s last visit to Glasgow back in March 2021.
The final game of the shortened Guinness PRO14 campaign, the Warriors ran in six tries to earn a 46-25 victory over their Italian visitors, George Horne crossing for the pick of the tries after a clinical set-piece move.
Ross Thompson was flawless with the boot, as well as dictating play in a manner that only served to further highlight the fly-half’s undoubted potential.
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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