Glasgow Warriors player ratings: Zander Fagerson’s ‘stunning’ counter-ruck sums up physical pack performance as general George Horne stars

Colin Newboult
George Horne in action for Glasgow Warriors in the United Rugby Championship in 2024.

George Horne in action for Glasgow Warriors in the United Rugby Championship in 2024.

Following a 27-10 victory over the Stormers in the United Rugby Championship quarter-final at Scotstoun on Saturday, here are the player ratings for Glasgow Warriors.

15 Josh McKay: Was a threat on the counter-attack and a lively presence with the ball in hand without truly breaking free. 6

14 Sebastian Cancelliere: A very good display from the Argentine, who finished his try well and also had other excellent moments with ball in hand. 7

13 Huw Jones: Like McKay, there was the odd sign but ultimately the Stormers shut him down pretty effectively. 6

12 Sione Tuipulotu: Was abrasive in contact on both sides of the ball and it was his excellent run which set up Cancelliere’s score. 7

Lively on the wing

11 Kyle Steyn (c): Quite the display from the Scotland wing as he regularly broke through the Stormers’ defence. Impressive in pretty much every facet. 8

10 Tom Jordan: Solid from the fly-half, who did his job next to George Horne effectively. 6

9 George Horne: Excellent from the scrum-half who, unlike Manie Libbok, was accurate off the tee. Horne’s box-kicking was also accurate while his decision-making was on point. A mature performance. 8

Planet Rugby player ratings key 10 - Career defining performance 9 - Outright blockbuster effort 8 - Significantly influenced the result of the game 7 - Committed and effective outing 6 - Flashes of brilliance outside of executing fundamentals 5 - Fulfilling the role required by position (base level) 4 - Poor execution of fundamentals 3 - Costly errors and/or discipline in the game 2 - Poor performance that directly impacted the result 1 - Grossly ineffective throughout 0 - Should have carried water instead

8 Jack Dempsey: Got through plenty of work and was the Warriors’ primary ball carrier, getting his side over the gain line. 7

Big performances from the flankers

7 Rory Darge: A mammoth effort on both sides of the ball. Huge in defence, where he made several big hits, and a pest at the breakdown. 8

6 Matt Fagerson: Like Darge and Dempsey, Fagerson put himself about and stood up well to the physical Stormers side. 7

5 Richie Gray: Superb work ethic as he put in his tackles and continually pressurised the opposition lineout, forcing some turnovers. 7

4 Scott Cummings: See Gray as he was busy in defence and excellent at the set-piece, helping Glasgow to control that battle. 7

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Incredible turnover

3 Zander Fagerson: That counter-ruck on Joseph Dweba was absolutely stunning, and it summed up another outstanding performance from the Scotland tighthead. 8

2 Johnny Matthews: The try-scoring machine was quieter on Saturday, but the hooker did his core roles well in the scrum and lineout. 6

1 Jamie Bhatti: Similar to Bhatti, it was a good effort from the loosehead as he competed well with the great Frans Malherbe. 6

Replacements: There was some real punch from George Turner, Oli Kebble and Henco Venter to see out the game as the Warriors deservedly moved into the URC semi-finals. 7

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