Match Preview | Ospreys

Match Preview | Ospreys

Glasgow Warriors make their return to action after a three-week break this weekend, as the Ospreys first-foot Scotstoun in the United Rugby Championship.

Danny Wilson’s squad will be raring to go as they look to back up last month’s dominant 22-7 victory over Exeter in the Heineken Champions Cup, having been denied the festive double-header with Edinburgh due to COVID-19.

With the Ospreys sitting just one place above the Warriors in the URC standings, however, there’s a lot to play for when the two sides go head-to-head under the Scotstoun floodlights on Saturday evening.

Please note that, as per Scottish Government guidelines, the game will be played for all intents and purposes spectator-free.

Here’s how our opponents shape up ahead of the match:

Previous Encounter

It was the Warriors who emerged victorious the last time the two sides met, coming from behind to secure a 30-25 win over the men from Swansea last March.

A double from Morgan Morris saw the visitors lead at the interval, as the Ospreys went into the Scotstoun changing rooms with a 15-9 advantage.

However, second half scores from Lee Jones, Rufus McLean and Aki Seiuli ensured that it would be Wilson’s men who came away with the points, despite a late rally from the visitors.

Ones to watch

Capped in the narrow third Test defeat to South Africa this summer, a British and Irish Lions call-up ensured that Adam Beard could no longer go under the radar. Having become a key part of the setup for both club and country, the Welsh international brings powerful carrying and a tireless work rate to the engine room.

Openside flanker Jac Morgan could be joining Beard in the international arena before too long, after turning heads across the URC with his performances to date this season. The 21-year-old has settled into life in Swansea with aplomb, having made the switch from regional rivals Scarlets in the summer of 2021.

Wales’ all-time leading try-scorer in 7s, Luke Morgan showed exactly why he has become such a valued part of the Ospreys squad in their victory over the Scarlets last weekend. His rapid acceleration earned him a highlight-worthy try, whilst his willingness to get involved around the field highlighted just why he’s so valued by Toby Booth’s side.

Memorable Moment

A November trip to the Liberty Stadium back in 2017 will hold a unique significance for one former Warrior; after all, it wasn’t every weekend that saw Ruaridh Jackson represent both his country and his club in the space of 24 hours.

Called onto the bench for Scotland’s 51-24 win over Australia after an injury to Stuart Hogg in the warm-up, the full-back then raced down to Swansea to pull on the 15 jersey for the Warriors the following afternoon.

It was a worthwhile journey for Jackson; tries from Adam Hastings, Scott Cummings, George Turner, Brandon Thomson, Leonardo Sarto, coupled with a brace from George Horne, saw the Warriors run away with a 47-6 victory.

Match Officials

Irish referee Chris Busby will be the man in the middle on Saturday evening, as he takes charge of his 16th match in the competition.

Busby will be assisted by Ben Blain and Graeme Ormiston, with Sam Grove-White on duty as and when required as the Television Match Official.

Broadcast Information

Supporters can watch the match live on Premier Sports 1 this weekend, with kick-off scheduled for 5.15pm. Those outside the UK can watch the match on URC TV - more details are available at unitedrugby.com.

You can also follow all the action as it happens with our Live Match Centre – head to glasgowwarriors.org from an hour before kick-of for all the build-up and updates from Scotstoun.

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