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- Guinness PRO12
- 16th May 2014
- KO 19:35
- Ground: Scotstoun Stadium
- Att: 10,000
RaboDirect PRO12 preview: Glasgow Warriors v Munster preview
Glasgow Warriors host Munster at Scotstoun on Friday with a place in this season's RaboDirect PRO12 final up for grabs.
Glasgow finished second in the league at the end of the regular season after winning their last eight games - a club record - completing the campaign with a 54-0 demolition of Zebre.
Following back-to-back semi-final defeats, it is the first time the Warriors have hosted a play-off and Tommy Seymour hopes home advantage will prove crucial.
The winger told the competition's official website: "It's huge to get the home semi. We've played the last couple of years away to Leinster and we've had a narrow loss in both of those which was hard for us to take.
"But if anything it just shows how important getting a home semi-final is and we needed to make sure we go that because of the advantage it can lead to.
"The boys have dug in and played well and the last seven weeks have helped us secured that but there's no point in having a home semi-final if we don't play the way we have been."
But it will be tough against a Munster side who finished third in the league and edged the contest between the sides at Scotstoun 13-6 back in October.
However, the Warriors then gained revenge when they inflicted Munster's first defeat at Thomond Park this season with an impressive 22-5 win.
In team news, Fijian flyer Niko Matawalu is benched for Glasgow, and there is no place in the squad for British and Irish Lion Stuart Hogg, with the in-form Peter Murchie given the nod at full-back.
The little-known pivot Finn Russell starts at ten having burst onto the scene mid-season, while there is no place for Duncan Weir. In the second-row, Jonny Gray teams up with skipper Al Kellock.
For Munster, head coach Rob Penney has named Damien Varley as captain of a line-up which sees four changes to the starting XV which lost to Ulster last time.
BJ Botha returns at tight-head to join Varley and Dave Kilcoyne in the front row, while CJ Stander is the only change in the back row at 6.
Conor Murray returns to the starting line up to partner Ian Keatley in the half backs while in the back three, winger Keith Earls makes his first start since Munster's Heineken Cup defeat to Toulon.
In the replacements, Andrew Conway returns following a speedy and successful rehab to a sprained toe sustained against Edinburgh.
Glasgow Warriors: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Chris Cusiter; 1 Ryan Grant, 2 Dougie Hall, 3 Jon Welsh, 4 Al Kellock (c), 5 Jonny Gray, 6 Rob Harley, 7 Chris Fusaro, 8 Josh Strauss.
Replacements: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Leone Nakarawa, 21 Niko Matawalu, 22 Ruaridh Jackson, 23 Sean Lamont
Munster: 15 Felix Jones, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 James Downey, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Conor Murray; 1 Dave Kilcoyne, 2 Damien Varley (c), 3 BJ Botha, 4 Dave Foley, 5 Paul O'Connell, 6 CJ Stander, 7 Sean Dougall, 8 James Coughlan.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 James Cronin, 18 John Ryan, 19 Donncha O'Callaghan, 20 Paddy Butler, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 JJ Hanrahan, 23 Andrew Conway.
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|Friday 6th March|
|19:35||Cardiff Blues vs Connacht|
|19:35||Glasgow Warriors vs Zebre|
|Saturday 7th March|
|14:40||Ospreys vs Munster|
|17:15||Scarlets vs Leinster|
|18:00||Treviso vs Edinburgh|
|Sunday 8th March|
|16:00||Dragons vs Ulster|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:35||Leinster vs Glasgow|
|19:35||Ulster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 28th March|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Zebre|
|14:40||Scarlets vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Munster vs Connacht|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Cardiff Blues|
|19:35||Benetton Treviso vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 11th April|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Munster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Scarlets|
|14:40||Connacht vs Ulster|
|Sunday 12th April|
|16:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Leinster|
|Friday 24th April|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Zebre|
|19:35||Ulster vs Leinster|
|Saturday 25th April|
|TBC||Munster vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Scarlets|
|TBC||Connacht vs Glasgow|
|Saturday 9th May|
|TBC||Ulster vs Munster|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Connacht 53 - 5 Treviso|
|Zebre 23 - 17 Dragons|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 15 Edinburgh|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Munster 22 - 10 Glasgow Warriors|
|Friday 27th February|
|Ospreys 9 - 9 Leinster|
|Ulster 25 - 20 Scarlets|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|Dragons 25 - 30 Connacht|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Glasgow 19 - 16 Ospreys|
|Scarlets 25 - 25 Munster|
|Friday 20th February|
|Edinburgh 17 - 20 Ulster|
|Leinster 29 - 8 Zebre|
|Benetton Treviso 40 - 24 Cardiff Blues|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Leinster 14 - 16 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Zebre 10 - 54 Glasgow|
|Scarlets 32 - 14 Connacht|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Munster 33 - 16 Cardiff Blues|
|Friday 13th February|
|Edinburgh 24 - 16 Ospreys|
|Ulster 43 - 3 Benetton Treviso|
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