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The Glasgow Warriors RaboDirect PRO12 challenge has fallen under the weight of the contribution that they have made to the 6-Nations tournament, as no other side in the Pro12 has contributed more of its players to the competition. Without an entire side of players away with the Scottish national side, the Glasgow Warriors have been beaten in each of their last three Pro12 fixtures, at home to the Scarlets, and on the road at Ulster and the Ospreys, and failed to secure even a solitary losing bonus point. All three of those opponents are in the top six of the table.
On Saturday, the Warriors have a home game at Scotstoun against the lowly Newport Gwent Dragons, who they have already beaten this season by 26-17 at Rodney Parade. Going into Round 17, the Warriors have a total of 41 points, leaving them 12 points outside a play-off spot, but fighting for a top six finish, and a place in next season's Champions Cup. The Dragons have won just one of their last seven Pro12 fixtures, a 26-8 success at Rodney Parade against the Italians of Benetton Treviso. All four of the wins that they have recorded in the Pro12 this season, have been on home soil.
Posted: 16th October 2015
Reigning Guinness PRO12 Champions, the Glasgow Warriors, entertain Newport Gwent Dragons on Saturday at the Scotstoun Stadium, as both teams seek to get their campaigns kick started, both having lost two of their first three fixtures in the 2015/16 season. The warriors sit one place ahead of their Welsh visitors, thanks to having picked up an additional bonus point during the opening three rounds of competition. The Dragons generally do not enjoy their visits north of Hadrian's Wall, having won just once in Scotland since March 2012, when they defeated Friday's opponents in November 2013 by 23-8.
With both Scotland and Wales still involved in the World Cup, both teams are still shorn of their international stars. The reserve strength has been severely tested already this season, and so far they have been found wanting. If the Warriors fall to another defeat, it will be a third consecutive loss to a Welsh Region. The first time that they have suffered such a fate since 2006. However, the Dragons have managed just a single win from their last four RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures, when they beat the Italians of Zebre by 13-0 in Round 2. In the past three seasons, the side that wins the first game between these two sides, has gone on to win the reverse fixture. The Warriors completed the double in 2012/13 and 2014/15, while the Dragons won both games in 2013/14.
Posted: 30th November 2014
After a scintillating start to the season, following their record breaking winning run at the end of the last Guinness PRO12 campaign, the Glasgow Warriors have stuttered in recent weeks, with the two defeats that they have suffered in this season's tournament, both occurring in the last three rounds. Both of those defeats came on the road, in Belfast against Ulster, and at Parc y Scarlets against the Scarlets. On Sunday they face the struggling Newport Gwent Dragons at the Scotstoun Stadium, where they are enjoying a run of 12 successive wins at the venue in all tournaments. Toulon, who went on to win their second successive European Cup, were the last team to defeat the Warriors on their own soil, when they were the visitors back in January.
The Dragons have had a miserable time in the RaboDirect Pro12 this season so far, with just a single win to their name in the first eight rounds of competition. The only win that the Dragons have managed in the PRO12 came against bottom of the table Benetton Treviso from Italy in Round 4. While they haven't won away from home in the tournament in any of their last 11 road trips. Ironically, their last away win in the PRO12, came at Scotstoun, in this equivalent fixture last season.
Posted: 22nd November 2013
It is difficult to give the Welshmen of Newport Gwent Dragons much hope in their PRO12 contest at the Scotstoun on Friday night, when they make the long journey north, to take on the Glasgow Warriors, based on current form. The Warriors have lost just one match in all tournaments during 2013 at the Scotstoun. That defeat coming by 13-6 against Munster in round 6 of this season's RaboDirect PRO12 competition. With just a single loss to any Welsh region in the last nine contests at home, a 6-29 reverse at the hands of the Scarlets back in April.
The Newport Gwent Dragons haven't won away from home in any tournament, since they defeated Zebre in Italy last February. Considering the Italians record in last season's PRO12, when they failed to record a single victory, that isn't a result that will have offered them much comfort. Dragon’s last two PRO12 games, have both resulted in defeats, against fellow Welsh region Ospreys, and Irish province Leinster. They will not be able to draw much confidence from their recent record against Scottish sides either, having been defeated in their last four clashes with Scottish opponents. Glasgow on the other hand, apart from their home record in 2013, and outstanding start to the season, are unbeaten for seven games now against the Dragons, although that run does include two draws. The last time that they were beaten by the Welshmen, was at Rodney Parade back in September 2010, when the Dragons won the PRO12 contest by 23-11, with the last victory for the men of Gwent on Glasgow's own turf, was at Firhill in January 2009.
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