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Glasgow Warriors vs Leinster Rugby
Guinness Pro14, Round 8
Scotstoun, Glasgow,
Friday, 3rd November 2017, 19:35

TV: Live on BBC Alba, TG4 YouTube Channel, Deferred coverage on TG4 at 21:30

Last week's game against Ulster was a nice surprise. It was fairly even in the first half but Leinster took command and played the conditions well in the second half to pull away for their first win in Belfast for three years.

This week Leinster return to Scotstoun, two weeks after winning there convincingly in the European Champions Cup. This time it will be a lot tougher though as the Leinster team that started that day bears little relation to the team for tomorrow. Of course with the autumn internationals about to start next week most of Leinster's international contingent have been training with the Ireland squad this week. So it's down to the bare bones and Leo Cullen has named a team showing nine changes from the side that started last week.

There are just two changes in the backs where Jordan Larmour is given a start at full back after scoring a sensational try off the bench last week. The other change sees Conor O'Brien come in at inside centre to make his first Leinster appearance after impressing for the A team this season. In the pack only Jordi Murphy keeps his place from last week. He's joined in the backrow by Scott Fardy and Max Deegan. Ross Molony skippers the side from the second row alongside Mick Kearney. Ed Byrne, Sean Cronin and Michael Bent are the front row and flanker Josh Murphy will make his Leinster debut if called on from the bench.

As Glasgow have no points from their first two European games, their focus is now on the league where they are still unbeaten. Coach Dave Rennie has also named a weakened team with several players on Scotland duty. It's still a strong side however with openside Callum Gibbins named as skipper after impressing massively since joining from the Hurricanes in the summer. He's joined in the back row by Rob Harley and Matt Fagerson. The experienced Tim Swinson plays with the promising Scott Cummings in a potent second row pairing and Jamie Bhatti, George Turner and D'Arcy Rae make up a young front row.

George Horne partners his brother Peter at half back and Nick Grigg and Sam Johnson are the centres. Lelia Masaga and Niko Matawalu bring bags of pace on the wings and Ruaridh Jackson completes the side at full back.

It's Leinster's last match for three weeks and while they'd love to keep their winning run going into the break, it might be asking too much of this side.

Team Lineups

Glasgow Warriors

Leinster Rugby
Teams Ruaridh Jackson 15 Jordan Larmour
Lelia Masaga 14 Adam Byrne
Nick Grigg 13 Rory O'Loughlin
Sam Johnson 12 Conor O'Brien
Niko Matawalu 11 Dave Kearney
Peter Horne 10 Ross Byrne
George Horne 9 Jamison Gibson-Park

Jamie Bhatti 1 Ed Byrne
George Turner 2 Sean Cronin
D'Arcy Rae 3 Michael Bent
Tim Swinson 4 Ross Molony (C)
Scott Cummings 5 Mick Kearney
Rob Harley 6 Scott Fardy
Callum Gibbins (C)
7 Jordi Murphy
Matt Fagerson 8 Max Deegan

Replacements Pat MacArthur 16 Richardt Strauss
Alex Allan 17 Peter Dooley
Adam Nicol 18 Andrew Porter
Lewis Wynne 19 Josh Murphy
Matt Smith 20
Dan Leavy
Henry Pyrgos 21 Nick McCarthy
Alex Dunbar 22 Cathal Marsh
Leonardo Sarto 23 Hugo Keenan

Not Considered
Due to Injury
Adam Ashe,
Brian Alanu'uise,
Fraser Brown,
Rory Hughes,
Oli Kebble,
Paddy Kelly,
Ratu Tagive,
Richie Vernon

Tom Daly,
Jamie Heaslip,
Garry Ringrose,
Ian Nagle,
Isa Nacewa,
Barry Daly,
Josh van der Flier,
Noel Reid,
James Ryan
Officials Referee: Stuart Berry (SARU)

by Jim O'Connor, © 2017-11-03