Preview: Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets

Date published: December 11 2015

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Gregor Townsend has named his Glasgow team to take on Scarlets in Saturday's Champions Cup match, with the same XV as last week announced.

The only change to the 23 from their postponed PRO12 game is amongst the replacements, with scrum-half Grayson Hart coming in for Ali Price.

Hooker James Malcolm will make his first start for the club, after featuring twice off the bench last month against Cardiff Blues and Treviso.

Fijian second-row Leone Nakarawa will make his 50th appearance for the Warriors, after being voted the Warrior of the Month for November.

Stuart Hogg, Taqele Naiyaravoro and Tommy Seymour make up the back-three.

Alex Dunbar starts at outside centre, with Mark Bennett not involved this weekend and Peter Horne wearing the number 12 shirt.

Duncan Weir starts at fly-half, with Finn Russell on the bench and Mike Blair at scrum-half.

In the pack Ryan Grant is at loosehead, with Malcolm at hooker and Tongan prop Sila Puafisi starting at tighthead.

Nakarawa partners captain Jonny Gray in the engine room while in the back-row Josh Strauss is at blindside, Simone Favaro starts at openside and after his match-winning try against Treviso, Adam Ashe continues at number eight.

Meanwhile, Scarlets hooker Emyr Phillips will captain his side at Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday.

Scarlets head to Scotland looking for their first victory of the campaign after suffering defeats in the first two rounds against Northampton Saints and Racing 92.

Despite a number of absentees Scarlets head to Scotstoun with eight international players in the matchday squad.

With captain Ken Owens, vice-captain Scott Williams and experienced back-rower John Barclay, who captained the Scarlets in the opening round of the campaign, hooker Phillips is handed the responsibility as the side look for their first win.

Form: These two sides have played each other four times in the competition with the Scarlets victorious one ach occasion and winning by an average margin of 19 points. The Warriors suffered defeats in their last two Champions Cup matches and will be trying to avoid a third straight loss for the first time since January 2013 when they lost seven matches on the trot. Scarlets have scored just 26 points in their last three fixtures combined and are winless in their last four Champions Cup encounters. Scarlets have lost just once in 10 matches against Scottish teams in the Champions Cup. That loss was suffered in the most recent fixture in that run, against Edinburgh. These teams have the lowest kick success in the Champions Cup so far, with Scarlets succeeding with a paltry 38% of their kicks at goal and Glasgow 40 percent.

The teams:

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Peter Horne, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Mike Blair, 8 Adam Ashe, 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Josh Strauss, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Leone Nakarawa, 3 Sila Puafisi, 2 James Malcolm, 1 Ryan Grant.
Replacements: 16 Shalva Mamukashvili, 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Robert Harley, 21 Grayson Hart, 22 Finn Russell, 23 Sean Lamont.

Scarlets: 15 Steff Evans, 14 Harry Robinson, 13 Regan King, 12 Gareth Owen, 11 Michael Tagicakibau, 10 Steven Shingler, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Morgan Allen, 7 Tom Phillips, 6 Lewis Rawlins, 5 Tom Price, 4 George Earle, 3 Rhodri Jones, 2 Emyr Phillips, 1 Phil John.
Replacements: 16 Kirby Myhill, 17 Dylan Evans, 18 Samson Lee, 19 Maselino Paulino, 20 Jack Condy, 21 Rhodri Williams, 22 Aled Thomas, 23 Mike Collins.

Date: Saturday, December 12
Venue: Scotstoun Stadium
Kick-off: 13:00 GMT
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant Referees: Sébastien Minery (France), Thomas Déjean (France)
TMO: Vincent Azoulay (France)

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