Planet Rugby

Preview: Glasgow v Ulster

01st November 2007 12:47

Share:

Justn Va a in action for the mighty Samoa

Va'a: Returns to the Glasgow line-up

Glasgow's Samoan international prop, Justin Va'a, returns to the Warriors line-up for their Magners League clash against Ulster at Firhill on Friday.

The team also sees Johnnie Beattie reclaim the number eight jersey with Kelly Brown moving to blindside flanker.

"This is the last of our run of home games against Irish opposition and it's going to be the hardest," said Glasgow boss Sean Lineen.

"There is no way Ulster are a bottom of the league side. They have strong running backs and a powerful pack.

"But the best is still to come from Glasgow and I've been very impressed with the way the boys have prepared for this one."

Ulster, who are bottom of the table, have named a side showing two changes to the one who drew against Leinster last week.

David Humphreys starts at fly-half with Paddy Wallace dropping to the bench.

"Like every other position in the team there is a lot of competition for places and Paddy Wallace has started the last two games," said Ulster coach Mark McCall.

"David did really well coming off the bench against Leinster on Friday and deserves his first start of the season"

The other change in the starting lineup sees former Australian lock Justin Harrison partnering Ryan Caldwell in the second row with new Ulster signing Carlo Del Fava being named on the bench.

Bryn Cunningham retains his starting place as full-back with Tommy Bowe and Mark McCrea being named on the wings, Andrew Trimble will partner Scottish international Rob Dewey in the centre.

Form: This is a fourth successive home fixture for Glasgow Warriors and they are unbeaten at home since returning to Firhill over the summer. Glasgow complete a full house of playing the four Irish provinces in successive rounds of the Magners League, and have not lost at home to Irish opposition since Ulster were the visitors to Hughenden last January. Ulster are winless in their last four Magners League encounters since defeating Ospreys at Ravenhill on 21 September. The Ulstermen have won on their last two visits to Glasgow, including a 27-18 victory on their only previous appearance at Firhill in April 2006.

Glasgow: 15 Bernardo Stortoni, 14 Lome Fa'atau, 13 Andrew Henderson, 12 Daryl Gibson, 11 Thom Evans, 10 Dan Parks, 9 Chris O'Young, 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 John Barclay, 6 Kelly Brown, 5 Alastair Kellock (c), 4 Andy Newman, 3 Moray Low, 2 Fergus Thomson, 1 Justin Va'a.

Replacements: 16 Eric Milligan, 17 Ed Kalman, 18 Dan Turner, 19 James Eddie, 20 Sam Pinder, 21 Scott Barrow, 22 Hefin O'Hare.

Ulster: 15 Bryn Cunningham, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Andrew Trimble, 12 Rob Dewey, 11 Mark McCrea, 10 David Humphreys, 9 Isaac Boss, 8 Stephen Ferris, 7 Kieron Dawson, 6 Neil Best, 5 Ryan Caldwell, 4 Justin Harrison, 3 Bryan Young, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Justin Fitzpatrick.

Replacements: 16 Stuart Philpott, 17 Declan Fitzpatrick, 18 Carlo Del Fava, 19 Roger Wilson, 20 Kieran Campbell, 21 Paddy Wallace, 22 Mark Bartholomeusz.

Date: Friday, 2 November

Kick-off: 19:30 GMT

Venue: Firhill, Glasgow

Referee: tba

Touch judges: tba

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 18
Harlequins vs LeicesterHarlequins vs Leicester Preview
Saturday , April 19
Exeter vs Sale15:00
Bath vs Worcester15:00
Wasps vs Gloucester15:15
Sunday , April 20
Northampton vs London Irish14:00
Newcastle vs Saracens15:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
RaboDirect PRO12
Friday , April 18
Leinster vs Benetton TrevisoLeinster vs Benetton Treviso Preview
Glasgow vs UlsterGlasgow vs Ulster Preview
Saturday , April 19
Zebre vs Edinburgh14:30
Connacht vs Munster18:15
Sunday , April 20
Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets14:00
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Ospreys16:45
More RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Friday , April 18
Castres vs MontpellierCastres vs Montpellier Preview
Saturday , April 19
Oyonnax vs Toulouse14:55
Perpignan vs Toulon17:00
Grenoble vs Bayonne18:30
Biarritz vs Brive18:30
Racing Metro Paris vs Clermont Auvergne18:30
Stade Francais vs Bordeaux-Begles20:35
More Top 14 fixtures
Super Rugby
Friday , April 18
Hurricanes vs BluesHurricanes vs Blues Preview
Melbourne Rebels vs Western Force19:40
Saturday , April 19
Chiefs vs Crusaders19:35
Waratahs vs Bulls19:00
Sharks vs Cheetahs15:00
Stormers vs Lions17:05
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 13
Saracens 28 - 24 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Irish 40 - 12 NewcastleLondon Irish vs Newcastle Report
Saturday , April 12
Worcester 33 - 38 ExeterWorcester vs Exeter Report
Leicester 27 - 15 WaspsLeicester vs Wasps Report
Gloucester 17 - 18 BathGloucester vs Bath Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Benetton Treviso 45 - 27 Newport Gwent D'gonsBenetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D
Scarlets 27 - 20 ZebreScarlets vs Zebre Report
Munster 5 - 22 GlasgowMunster vs Glasgow Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Bordeaux-Begles 20 - 22 ToulonBordeaux-Begles vs Toulon Report
Toulouse 16 - 9 BriveToulouse vs Brive Report
Grenoble 30 - 36 Montpellier
Perpignan 22 - 12 Oyonnax
Bayonne 24 - 19 Stade Francais
Racing Metro Paris 37 - 7 Biarritz
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Chiefs 22 - 16 Melbourne RebelsChiefs vs Melbourne Rebels Report
Western Force 28 - 16 WaratahsWestern Force vs Waratahs Report
Lions 12 - 25 SharksLions vs Sharks Report
Cheetahs 31 - 52 CrusadersCheetahs vs Crusaders Report
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 11
Sale Sharks 12 - 27 HarlequinsSale Sharks vs Harlequins Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Ulster 58 - 12 ConnachtUlster vs Connacht Report
Edinburgh 22 - 29 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
Ospreys 25 - 19 LeinsterOspreys vs Leinster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Clermont Auvergne 23 - 11 CastresClermont Auvergne vs Castres Report
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Highlanders 27 - 20 BullsHighlanders vs Bulls Report
Reds 20 - 23 BrumbiesReds vs Brumbies Report
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens1976
2Northampton1966
3Leicester Tigers1963
4Bath1959
5Harlequins1954