Heineken Champions Cup: Glasgow Warriors v Exeter Chiefs


A split picture of Richie and Jonny Gray
Brothers Richie and Jonny Gray will play against each other on Saturday
Venue: Scotstoun, Glasgow Date: Saturday, 18 December Kick-off: 17:30 GMT
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.

Glasgow prop Jamie Bhatti’s promotion to the starting XV is the only change for the Scottish side as they prepare to face Exeter on Saturday.

Exeter have also made a single change in the front row as Sam Nixon comes in at tight-head for Josh Iosefa-Scott.

Ben Moon and Patrick Schickerling have been brought on to the bench after last weekend’s 42-6 win against Montpellier.

Exeter lock Jonny Gray will make his first competitive return to Scotstoun since joining the Chiefs from Glasgow in 2020 and will face brother Richie in the second row.

Chiefs full-back Stuart Hogg will also start against his former side.

Having lost their opener 20-13 in La Rochelle, albeit earning a losing bonus point, Glasgow most likely need a win to keep their hopes of reaching the last 16 alive.

Flanker Thomas Gordon is one of six forwards on the bench for the hosts and is set to make his first Heineken Champions Cup appearance since January 2020.

View from both camps

Glasgow head coach Danny Wilson told glasgowwarriors.org: “Although we lost in La Rochelle, there were many positives to build on including the physicality we showed against a very powerful team.

“Leaving La Rochelle with a losing bonus point gives us a big opportunity this weekend. However, again we will need to produce another physical display and take our opportunities to get a home win against another good Exeter team.”

Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter said: “It’s a chance for us to build on last week. Obviously, five points at any time is a good return, but as we have seen in past seasons, especially last season, just collecting points is vitally important because you are never sure what will happen in the current state of things.”

Line-ups

Glasgow Warriors: McKay, Steyn, Tuipulotu, Johnson, Forbes, Thompson, Price (capt); Bhatti, Turner, Z Fagerson, Cummings, R Gray, M Fagerson, Darge, Dempsey.

Replacements: Matthews, Kebble, Pieretto, McDonald, Harley, Gordon, G Horne, Weir.

Exeter: Hogg; Nowell, Slade, Whitten, O’Flaherty; J Simmonds, J Maunder; Hepburn, Cowan-Dickie (capt), Nixon, J Gray, Hill, Ewers, S Skinner, S Simmonds.

Replacements: Yeandle, Moon, Schickerling, Armand, Kirsten, H Skinner, Hendrickson.

Match facts

  • Glasgow and Exeter have faced each other seven times in the pool stage of the competition, Glasgow winning none of their past three clashes – drawing one and losing two – after winning three of their first four encounters with the Chiefs.
  • Warriors have lost just two of their past 12 games when hosting Premiership opposition in the Champions Cup, winning nine and drawing one – those defeats coming against Northampton Saints in 2015-16 and Saracens in 2018-19.
  • Exeter are unbeaten in their past eight pool stage matches in the Champions Cup, winning seven and drawing one, excluding their cancelled fixtures. They had never previously gone more than two games without defeat at this stage of the competition.

Match officials

Referee: Pierre Brousset (France)

Assistant referees: Luc Ramos and Flavien Hourquet (France)

TMO: Denis Grenouillet (France)



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