Professional14 semi-final: Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets (Fri)
|Professional14 semi-final: Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets|
|Venue: Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow Date: Friday, 18 Could Kick-off: 19:45 BST|
|Protection: Reside on BBC Alba & BBC Two Wales, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport web site and BBC Sport app|
Glasgow welcome again Scotland trio Tommy Seymour, Jonny Grey and Jamie Bhatti, plus centre Sam Johnson, for Friday’s Professional14 semi-final at Scotstoun.
Lee Jones, Alex Dunbar and Scott Cummings drop out, with Alex Allan on the bench, the place Peter Horne returns.
Johnny McNicholl returns at full-back for Scarlets having not played since February, with Leigh Halfpenny injured.
Aaron Shingler comes into the again row, with Tadhg Beirne switching to lock and Lewis Rawlins dropping to the bench.
Wales and British and Irish Lions star Halfpenny limped out early in Scarlets’ 43-8 play-off quarter-final win over Cheetahs with a hamstring tear, though coach Wayne Pivac is hopeful the 29-year-old might be match for the ultimate – in the event that they overcome Glasgow.
New Zealander McNicholl has recovered from a shoulder damage that had been anticipated to rule him out for the remainder of this season, however has recovered in time for Scarlets’ finale.
The Welsh outfit are hoping to succeed in the ultimate – in opposition to both Leinster or Munster – for a second successive 12 months, having thrashed Munster to win the title 12 months in the past.
Glasgow fly-half Finn Russell will play his final residence recreation earlier than his transfer to French giants Racing 92 this summer time.
George Horne retains his place at scrum-half, with Henry Pyrgos on the bench and Ali Worth lacking out on the match-day squad.
Glasgow, who’ve received all 10 of their residence matches within the Professional14 this season, however have misplaced three of their final 4 video games, have prolonged the standard Scotstoun capability to 10,000 with further momentary seating.
“In the beginning of the season our aim was to be taking part in finals footy at residence in entrance of our household and associates, and we’re excited to be working out in entrance of a 10,000 sturdy Scotstoun tomorrow night time,” stated head coach Dave Rennie.
|Glasgow’s earlier semi-finals|
|2016: Connacht 16-11 Glasgow||2013: Leinster 17-15 Glasgow|
|2015: Glasgow 16-14 Ulster||2012: Leinster 19-15 Glasgow|
|2014: Glasgow 16-15 Munster||2001: Leinster 35-13 Glasgow|
“We have ready properly and it is nice to have the ability to carry again Jonny (Grey), Sam (Johnson), Pete (Horne) and Tommy (Seymour) who had been late withdrawals forward of our final recreation.
“Scarlets are a top quality facet, they’re reigning champions for a cause and we’re trying ahead to the problem on what shall be a particular night time for our gamers and supporters.”
After having fun with residence benefit within the quarter-finals, Scarlets coach Pivac is aware of that going to Scotstoun will present a really completely different check.
“We’ve got a whole lot of respect for Glasgow, they’ve a superb teaching group, some nice gamers they usually’ve obtained a really sturdy residence report. It makes for a superb match-up,” he stated.
|Scarlets’ earlier semi-finals|
|2017: Leinster 15-27 Scarlets||2013: Ulster 28-17 Scarlets|
“Each groups wish to play, use the width of the sector, and with that kind of play it might be an incredible recreation.
“However it’s 80 minutes of knock-out rugby. We predict we’re in a fairly good place by way of our kind going into it.
“The boys take pleasure in knockout rugby they usually take pleasure in being in these conditions. We’re moving into there with the mindset that we have to safe a high efficiency to have the ability to get on the precise facet of the ledger.”
Glasgow: S Hogg; T Seymour, N Grigg, S Johnson, DTH van der Merwe; F Russell, G Horne; J Bhatti, F Brown, Z Fagerson; T Swinson, J Grey; M Fagerson, C Gibbins, R Wilson (capt).
Replacements: G Turner, A Allan, S Halanukonuka, R Harley, C Fusaro, H Pyrgos, P Horne, R Jackson.
Scarlets: J McNicholl; T Prydie, S Williams, H Parkes, S Evans; R Patchell, G Davies; R Evans, Okay Owens (capt), S Lee, T Beirne, S Cummins, A Shingler, J Davies, J Barclay.
Replacements: R Elias, W Jones, W Kruger, L Rawlins, W Boyde, J Evans, D Jones, S Hughes.