There’s a more than a bit of Cupar in the Glasgow Warriors side tonight in Limerick as they aim to cement their position at the top of their conference in the Guinness PRO14.
Glasgow have agreed to release lock Brian Alainu’uese from his contract eight months early to allow him to join three-time European champions Toulon with immediate effect.
Glasgow Warriors 3 Saracens 13: English champions’ streetwise defence holds Warriors at bay in bad-tempered Heineken clash
Glasgow Warriors’ matched Saracens physically and for the most part got the platform they wanted in their Heineken Champions’ Cup opener at Scotstoun, but they floundered on the English champions’ smothering defence going down 13-3.
Dave Rennie has taken his Glasgow Warriors to the seaside and Largs to build for the formidable challenge of Saracens, but it’s not been a week of ice cream at Nardinis and boat trips to Cumbrae.
Petrus du Plessis got a glowing review of Glasgow from former Warrior and ex-Saracens team-mate Kelly Brown before he opted to come north and help solve the tight-head crisis before Sunday’s Heineken Champions’ Cup opener.
Leaving the stadium of the University in Port Elizabeth that bears Nelson Mandela’s name, it seems the Glasgow Warriors were taking in a dose of the great man’s famous humility.
Stuart Hogg’s innocuous ankle injury has resulted in surgery and the Scotland and British Lions full-back is out for a lengthy period including the four November tests.
Glasgow want to see Brian Alainu’uese back making an impact on the field before they make him a new contract offer, but in the meantime he’s got the right to secure his own future, says head coach Dave Rennie.
Glasgow’s ruthless maturity brought a half-century of points at altitude, but the longer-term issue might be the serious-looking injury sustained by Zander Fagerson in Bloemfontein.
Ali Price is “in great nick, really fit and really lean” as he attempts to put a poor 2018 behind him returning to the Glasgow Warriors starting lineup in Bloemfontein.