Glasgow v Scarlets

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    Glasgow v Scarlets
    Venue: Firhill
    Date: Friday, 26 September, Kick off - 19:30

    Glasgow coach Sean Lineen has an injury doubt over Dan Parks for Friday's Magners League game against Scarlets.

    The Scotland stand-off has a badly bruised leg, but should start if fit despite a dip in form.

    Stephen Jones starts for Scarlets after the fly-half shook off a knee injury suffered in the defeat at Edinburgh.

    Phil John plays tight-head as Kees Meeuws has a calf injury, and with Deacon Manu's cheekbone fracture Aled Hopkins is drafted in as bench cover.

    Mahonri Schwalger, Dafydd James, Darren Daniel, Simon Maling and Simon Easterby will also miss the Glasgow trip through injury, while Josh Turnbull has an ankle problem.

    Lineen is looking to get his team's league campaign back on track after successive defeats since their opening victory against Dragons.

    "I'm frustrated, but we know where the problem lies," said Lineen.

    "We're not converting pressure in to points, but once we get that sorted out we'll be fine.

    "Scarlets will be hurting from last week and will want a Scottish notch on their belts.

    "But the guys are determined to continue our good record against them."

    Lineen has held off from naming his back line in order to give Parks every chance to prove his fitness.

    "Dan's a class player. He was going through little dip but all players do that and he's responded well," said the Warriors coach.

    "But we can't be a one man team and I'm expecting a big performance from the whole team this week."

    Scarlets coach Nigel Davies has urged his side to improve their form in Scotland.

    "Glasgow are always a difficult team to play against at home on a small and narrow pitch. You have to go up there and fight for everything," said Davies.

    "And that's what I want to see - a lot more fight from my players.

    "As well as that we need a lot more clarity and confidence and if we can do that we can be quite confident.

    "But what we can't afford to be is as complacent and as poor as we were against Edinburgh."

    The Scarlets' last victory in Scotland was against the now-defunct Border Reivers in 2006, and they have lost their last three games against Scottish sides.

    The last six encounters between the two sides have been won by the home side, the Scarlets' only Magners League win in Glasgow coming at Hughenden in 2003.

    Glasgow: Forwards: Justin Va'a, Dougie Hall, Moray Low, Opeta Palepoi, Alastair Kellock (capt), Kelly Brown, John Barclay, Johnnie Beattie.
    Backs from: Max Evans, Thom Evans, Lome Fa'atau, Colin Gregor, Andrew Henderson, Ruaridh Jackson, Mark McMillan, Graeme Morrison, Hefin O'Hare, Dan Parks, Bernardo Stortoni.
    Replacements: TBC

    Scarlets: Ceiron Thomas; Mark Jones, Regan King, Gavin Evans, Morgan Stoddart; Stephen Jones (capt), Martin Roberts; Iestyn Thomas, Matthew Rees, Phil John, Lou Reed, Scott MacLeod, Dafydd Jones, David Lyons, Gavin Thomas.
    Replacements: Aled Hopkins, Ken Owens, Vernon Cooper, Nathan Thomas, Sililo Martens, Rob Higgitt, Jon Davies.

    Referee: George Clancy (IRFU)

    BBC Sport
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    Glasgow Warriors 34-20 Scarlets

    Glasgow 34 (13)
    Tries: Evans (2), Barclay, Hall, Gregor
    Cons: Parks (3)
    Pen: Parks

    Scarlets 20 (12)
    Tries: Stephen Jones, Mark Jones (2)
    Con: Stephen Jones
    Pen: Stephen Jones

    Glasgow Warriors recovered from a poor start to get their season back on track with a home win over Scarlets.

    The Scarlets, hammered at Edinburgh last week, took the lead with a Stephen Jones try and went 10 points up when Mark Jones scored the first of his two.

    But the first of two superb Thom Evans tries and a John Barclay touchdown put the hosts 13-12 in front at the break.

    A superb Dougie Hall try and Evans's second brought a bonus point, Colin Gregor crossing for a fifth late on.

    The Scarlets started brightly, patiently amassing a series of phases before Stephen Jones ducked inside Moray Low to reach the line.

    Glasgow battled their way back into the match only to squander a great opportunity to level matters when a Lome Fa'atau dash let Evans set up full-back Bernie Stortoni 30m out, but indecision allowed the Scarlets to backtrack and nullify the danger.

    There was a further blow for the Warriors midway through the half as the visitors grabbed their second touchdown of the night.

    Fa'tau was dispossessed inside his own half, presenting Mark Jones with a cruise to the line, which Stephen Jones converted for a 12-0 lead.

    Dan Parks eased some of the jitters by slotting a simple penalty and Glasgow moved into top gear.

    The ball was flashed through at least six pairs of hands before skipper Ally Kellock sent Evans skidding over.

    Glasgow could have broken through again on the half hour but Fa'atau lost possession.

    Warriors stepped up the pace in the build-up to the interval, with Johnnie Beattie and Opeta Palepoi going close.

    But Barclay grabbed a well-deserved try from close quarters to put the home side in front.

    The best was yet to come as Glasgow created a wonderful score for hooker Hall.

    Fa'atau made up for his earlier slips by leaving the Scarlets defence for dead with a pin-point chip-and-chase before sending Hall clear with a perfectly-delivered pass and Parks converted to provide another injection of confidence.

    Glasgow made sure of the bonus point with another terrific try by Evans after a break by his brother Max.

    Scarlets refused to buckle and Mark Jones notched his second to give them some hope.

    Stephen Jones added a late penalty to give the visitors hope of a losing bonus point, but substitute Gregor had the last word with a fifth try for Glasgow, converted by Parks.

    Glasgow: Stortoni, Faatau, M Evans, Morrison, T Evans, Parks, McMillan; Va'a, Hall, Low, Palepoi, Kellock, Brown, Barclay, Beattie.
    Replacements: Gregor for McMillan (52), Tckachuk for Va'a (67), Kalman for Low (79), Turner for Palepoi (65), Swindall for Brown (72).
    Not Used: Henderson, Jackson.

    Scarlets: C Thomas, M Jones, King, G Evans, Davies, S Jones, Roberts, I Thomas, Rees, John, Reed, MacLeod, D Jones, G Thomas, Lyons.
    Replacements: Daniel for Davies (48), Martens for Roberts (65), Owen for Rees (80), Hopkins for John (48), Cooper for MacLeod (48), N. Thomas for Lyons (26).
    Not Used: Higgitt.

    Att: 2,450

    BBC Sport
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