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2020-21 Glasgow Warriors PRO14 Provincial Rugby Men Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Teams up for Glasgow v Ulster

Ulster are back in action for the first time since their 24-12 defeat to Leinster on January 8th as they travel to Scotstoun to take on a Glasgow Warriors side chasing automatic Champions Cup qualification.

Dan McFarland has made seven changes from the last match, one of which is Kieran Treadwell who is set to make his 100th appearance for the province at just 25 years of age. Signed from Harlequins in 2016, he’s established himself as a quality option to have and made his debut for Ireland in the summer tour of 2017.

Eric O’Sullivan and John Andrew return to the front row while Nick Timoney starts at six alongside Jordi Murphy and Marcell Coetzee. Ian Madigan takes the reigns at out half, while Rob Lyttle returns from injury to start on the left wing. Craig Gilroy hasn’t featured since the match against Connacht and earns a spot in the back three.

The opposition

Adam Hastings will make his first appearance since October while Richie Gray partners future Ulster player Leone Nakarawa in the second row. The Fijian is making his first start in over a year. Huw Jones is one to watch in the back line.

Off field issues have hampered Glasgow’s season and they lie in fourth position in Conference A, 15 points behind the Ospreys in third and only two points ahead of the Dragons in fifth. Fourth will secure a Champions Cup play off spot at the end of the season.

Jonny Gray and Stuart Hogg departed for Exeter Chiefs, Finn Russell left for Racing 92 while John Barclay retired and none of these players have been replaced with similar quality, ultimately leading to a downturn in results. Last it was announced that Glasgow lock Leone Nakarawa would be joining Ulster at the end of the season and since then, they have confirmed the capture of Australian international Jack Dempsey.

They’ve recorded just three league wins all season against Scarlets, Cardiff and Edinburgh and suffered a heavy defeat at Ulster as well as a shock loss at home to the Dragons earlier in the season.

Ulster have an abysmal record at Scotstoun, winning only two of their nine games against the Scottish side. The last win came back in 2016, while they suffered a thumping at the hands of tomorrow night’s opposition in the semi finals of 2018-19 PRO14 season.

DateCompetitionVenueRefereeUlsterGlasgow
25-3-16Celtic LeagueScotstounJohn Lacey1727
23-9-16Celtic LeagueScotstounIan Davies2217
18-2-17Celtic LeagueRavenhillDaniel Jones3717
21-4-18PRO14RavenhillStuart Berry3615
5-4-19PRO14ScotstounStuart Berry730
17-5-19PRO14ScotstounJohn Lacey2050
9-11-20PRO14RavenhillNigel Owens4015

The Referee

Scottish referee Ben Blain takes charge of his eighth PRO14 match and first Ulster match tomorrow. Hollie Davidson and Dunx McClement are the assistant referees.

The FRU Predicts

With the Champions Cup rounds three and four cancelled Ulster have found themselves with an extended break. I’m not expecting a result like the Ravenhill leg and think it will be struggle to overcome Danny Wilson’s side.

Teams

GLASGOW WARRIORSULSTER
Huw Jones15Michael Lowry
Ratu Tagive14Craig Gilroy
Robbie Fergusson13James Hume
Sam Johnson12Stuart McCloskey
Rufus McLean11Rob Lyttle
Adam Hastings10Ian Madigan
Jamie Dobie9John Cooney
Oli Kebble1Eric O’Sullivan
Johnny Matthews2John Andrew
Enrique Pieretto3Marty Moore
Richie Gray1Alan O’Connor
Leone Nakarawa5Kieran Treadwell
Rob Harley6Nick Timoney
Thomas Gordon7Jordi Murphy (C)
Ryan Wilson (C)8Marcell Coetzee
Grant Stewart16Adam McBurney
Aki Seiuli17Andrew Warwick
D’arcy Rae18Tom O’Toole
James Scott19Cormac Izuchukwu
TJ Ioane20Greg Jones
Sean Kennedy21Alby Mathewson
Ross Thompson22Stewart Moore
Ollie Smith23Matt Faddes

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