Horne ready for another Italian job
George Horne enjoys playing against Italian opposition.
The scrum-half’s try-scoring prowess is well-known, but it’s thrown into even sharper focus when you take a look at his record against the Guinness PRO14’s Italian representatives.
Three full seasons with Glasgow Warriors. Nine matches to date against Italian opposition. Seven tries for the Glasgow number nine. It’s safe to say that - if selected - Horne will be looking to maintain a proud record when Zebre come to Scotstoun this Friday night.
“It’s usually quite an open game against the Italian teams – they both like to play a bit of rugby, as do we,” Horne told glasgowwarriors.org.
“That suits us perfectly, because we’ve got a lot of attacking threats across the pitch in both the forwards and the backs.
“If those guys are making line breaks, then it makes my job that bit easier to track on the inside!”
Indeed, Horne has already expressed himself with aplomb against Zebre this season. A two-try, man-of-the-match showing in Parma back in November helped the Warriors to a 31-7 win over Friday’s opponents, yet the former Howe of Fife man is taking nothing for granted ahead of the club’s return to Guinness PRO14 action.
“It’s always tough against Zebre, as it is against Benetton,” said Horne.
“They’re teams that have big, physical packs and try to beat you up front. We were coming off a few below-par games in terms of our performances when we went over there earlier in the season, so we wanted to assert ourselves on the game.
“We played fast and we put a lot of phases together, which is always hard to defend against. From those phases we made line breaks, and we were pretty clinical in finishing them off.
The Warriors currently sit fourth in Conference A heading into the second half of the season, battling with Leinster, Ulster and the Cheetahs for one of the three spots in the 2019/20 Guinness PRO14 Final Series.
“We had a meeting after the second Edinburgh match [in December] and had a look at the conference table – we know we’ve got a bit of work to do to overhaul the teams in front of us,” said Horne.
“Every game now is a must-win. We can’t afford to slip up anywhere, because Ulster and Leinster won’t be losing many games between now and the end of the season.
“We’ve got to be clinical and we’ve got to go out and win every time we have the chance.”
That pursuit of a place in the Final Series continues under the Friday night lights at Scotstoun, an occasion that the younger Horne brother is keenly anticipating. After re-joining Dave Rennie’s squad during a fallow week in the Guinness Six Nations, the scrum-half is ready to make an impact if called upon for another Italian job.
“I’m absolutely buzzing for the match,” said Horne.
“Scotstoun is a great place to play. The fans always come out and support us in numbers, and the noise they make is unbelievable. On a Friday night, too, the atmosphere is just that little bit more special.
“I can’t wait to hopefully get out there.”