By David Lowrence
October 11 2012
With a silly o’clock kick off time, we enter what may be the penultimate season of the Heineken Cup for English teams. Amid claims for better cash share-out and a fairer set of entry criteria, this wonderful topsy turvey mixture of National and Club Rugby cultures makes a start at Franklin’s Gardens. Let us hope that it can bring a better set of behaviours between the contestants on the field than off.
It is nearly eight years since we last met Glasgow Warriors in the Heineken cup, and my last memory was of this fixture in 2004, in Glasgow, where the downpour was horrendous, and Sky spent all morning drilling holes in the pitch and sweeping away a mass of standing water. We beat them 9-13 that day, and made the acquaintance of an impressive Sean Lamont, for whom we made a successful raid the following year.
The Glasgow Warriors of this year is a very different team from that of the last decade. (Although the Lamont brothers are both back at the club!) With help from a knowledgeable exile here is a run down of the Glasgow team
1 Ryan Grant - Pushing Jacobson hard for the National team
2 Dougie Hall - One of the best scrimmaging hookers in the UK
3 Mike Cusack - Big, improving player 19.5 stone – ex Leeds
4 Tim Swinson -One of the Falcons diaspora – we have seen him before
5 Al Kellock (CAPTAIN) - In the absence of Daisy will be the best lineout jumper on the park
6 Josh Strauss - South African exile
7 John Barclay - Not been quite the same since the world cup – but can turn it on
8 Ryan Wilson - Contender for the Scottish No 8 Berth
9 Henry Pyrgos - Ex Saints Junior Academy
10 Ruaridh Jackson - Born in Northampton – yet another International – can kick a bit
11 Sean Lamont - Big, fast handful will be hard to stop
13 Alex Dunbar - Bash and Crash 13
12 Peter Horne - Plays all across the backline, Scottish 7’s player and deadly place kicker
14 Tommy Seymour - Ex Ulster returning home – 6’ streak
15 Stuart Hogg - International, teenage Scottish elite development player from a famous Scottish rugby dynasty.
16 Finlay Gillies
17 Ofa Fainga'anuku
18 Gordon Reid
19 Tom Ryder
20 Chris Fusaro
21 James Eddie
22 Niko Matawalu
23 Peter Murchie
Not an Impact bench
Glasgow come with a reputation this season for hard, forward play and look more fired up than for some time.
Beware - Slippery when wet and a hard pack
So, after last weeks aberration which Saints team will turn up? I was at the Irish match, and I think the problem was one of complacency coupled with panic. I do not expect to see the side play like that again this season, and also this is the glory competition, which the Saints love. (Ackford in the Telegraph is sarcastic about JM’s hunt for a 10 – and says this pool is Muster’s to lose). I think we will prove him wrong, starting tomorrow.
Difficult team to pick but I would go with –
15 James WILSON
14 Ken PISI
13 Dom WALDOUCK
12 Luther BURRELL
11 Vasily ARTEMYEV
10 Stephen MYLER
9 Lee DICKSON
1 Alex WALLER
2 Dylan HARTLEY (capt)
3 Brian MUJATI
4 Samu MANOA
5 Mark SORENSON
6 Courtney LAWES
7 Tom WOOD
8 Rhys OAKLEY
16 Mike HAYWOOD
17 Soane TONGA'UIHA
18 Paul DORAN JONES
19 Teimana HARRISON
20 G J van VELZE
21 Martin ROBERTS
22 Ryan LAMB
23 Tom MAY
Hard decisions in the back row, and I think Alex has earned a start. I pray that Luther Burrell has leaned to count, look right, and pass, this week.
This is not an easy pool. I think we will prevail, and hopefully the game heads that have been in place until 2 weeks ago will return. If we can beat this Glasgow side up front and stop Lamont, it augurs well for our progress. Saints by 8
(Be stingy with those BP’s lads they are so important,,,)
Now a propos of Mr Ackford being so rude about us – perhaps he might like to see this again – I know I would!!
Unfortunately removed from Youtube - so just imagine Inspector Ackford spark out on his 'arris
He claimed he meant to hit Probyn. A Saint of taste and discernment!