Defeat in Glasgow's first hit-out of pre-season, victory for Scotland in their final warm-up match and an award nomination for a former Warrior - catch up with everything that's been happening with the latest Weekend Update.
Rennie sees positives despite defeat
Glasgow Warriors took to the field for the first time since May’s Guinness PRO14 Final on Saturday, as Dave Rennie’s men travelled to Belfast to take on Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium. Despite leading st the break, the visitors fell to a disappointing defeat in their pre-season opener, yet the Warriors boss was able to see the positives despite the scoreline.
REPORT | Glasgow Warriors fell to defeat in their opening pre-season encounter in Belfast this afternoon, as Ulster emerged victorious at the Kingspan Stadium.https://t.co/v6Nh3FgCAf
— Glasgow Warriors (@GlasgowWarriors) September 7, 2019
REACTION | “We got a bit of a lesson in the second half, but we had a lot of young men on the field that deserved their opportunity. They’ve worked hard in pre-season and will learn a lot from today.”
Onto next week with the backing of the Warrior Nation
— Andy Render (@AndyR1705) September 7, 2019
Well done again Johnathan Matthews starting tomorrows game for Glasgow Warriors taking on Ulster Rugby Official at the Kingspan Stadium.
IN PICS | Click here https://t.co/bGtMCTY5af for the @dicksondigital gallery from Ulster’s pre-season friendly against @GlasgowWarriors @KingspanStadium on Saturday. The two sides will do it all again in round 2 at Scotstoun this Saturday. #SUFTUM pic.twitter.com/siJDSJjIsX
— Ulster Rugby (@UlsterRugby) September 8, 2019
Wilson leads Scotland to victory
There were better fortunes for the club’s Scotland contingent on Friday night, as the men in blue signed off on their Rugby World Cup preparations with a comfortable 36-9 victory over Georgia at BT Murrayfield. Ryan Wilson captained his country for the first time, whilst Ali Price, Sam Johnson and both Horne brothers crossed the whitewash.
FULL-TIME | An action-packed second half reaches it’s conclusion as Scotland record an emphatic victory over Georgia!#AsOne pic.twitter.com/KFWUvq1yel
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) September 6, 2019
An emphatic win for Scotland against Georgia at BT Murrayfield this evening! Pete Horne, George Horne, Sam Johnson & Ali Price all scored tries. Hastings kicked two conversions and George Horne kicked one ? https://t.co/YR8pk9pZFJ
— Glasgow Warriors (@GlasgowWarriors) September 6, 2019
? Ali Price caps off a sensational counter attack!
49′ | Try Scotland! The home side come out fighting and it’s centre Sam Johnson who scores his third try for Scotland!
“Ryan is invaluable to the squad, he’ll say the right thing at the right time which will suit him well in the captaincy”
A good night at BT Murrayfield with the @PremierSportsTV team
Incredibly proud day getting the chance to captain my country! Thank you so much to everyone for the messages of support. A day I’ll never forget! ??????? #asone @scotlandteam pic.twitter.com/5muYACTBYO
— ryan wilson (@ryanwilson89) September 7, 2019
As for the rugby, Scotland were in a tight game due to it not clicking, granted against a side they should be beating. But had the belief in their ability to turn the screw and show a bit of class to win the game easily. Roll on Japan
— Rory Hamilton (@HamiltonRory) September 6, 2019
Tough for Tonga
It was a difficult day at the office for Siua Halanukonuka on Saturday, however; the tighthead prop was part of the Tonga side that were swept aside by New Zealand in their final Rugby World Cup warm-up match, starting the match for Toutai Kefu’s side.
The last stop off before Japan has arrived… the All Blacks.
Here is your Ikale Tahi team to face New Zealand.
Young hooker Siua Maile has been named to make his international debut while fly half Kurt Morath returns to playmaking duties.
Go Tonga! #teamtonga #teketonga pic.twitter.com/bjbMCzsSQ5
— Tonga Rugby Union (@officialTongaRU) September 4, 2019
DTH ready for RWC
Canada’s final World Cup warm-up also ended in defeat, as they were edged out 20-15 by the USA in Vancouver on Saturday. For DTH van der Merwe, the fixture marked the end of a busy week in camp for the winger, including some friendly pressure from a former team-mate…
Honoured to receive my final RWC Canada Blazer last night! Thank you to Al Charron for the kind words and to all the other @rugbycanada 4 Rugby World Cup alumni’s who also sent on their best wishes. https://t.co/JVTQ5ju38R
— DTH van der Merwe (@DTHVDM) September 6, 2019
Thank you to pocofirecharitablesociety and jasonalanmarshall for giving us @rugbycanada the tour and opportunity to cut open some cars earlier this week! It’s great to stay engaged with the community and seeing a… https://t.co/YUEpOzdks4
— DTH van der Merwe (@DTHVDM) September 6, 2019
Fantastic night of International Rugby at BC Place – thank you to the 11,000+ fans that joined us to support @RugbyCanada and @USARugby do battle ahead of the upcoming @rugbyworldcup!
— BC Place (@bcplace) September 8, 2019
FULL TIME: An all out fight until the very end but @USARugby walk away with it. Peter Nelson ending with a try, convert, and a penalty ?? #RugbyCA #RC15s @DHLRugby pic.twitter.com/vcBO9ptEhi
— Rugby Canada (@RugbyCanada) September 8, 2019
Award nod for Niua
There was big news for former Warrior Folau Niua at the end of last week – the USA 7s star and Olympian was one of three players shortlisted for the prestigious World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year award.
Three incredibly talented players have been nominated for this year’s World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year 2019 award in association with HSBC #WorldRugbyAwards pic.twitter.com/3FKd7ICqIc
— World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) September 5, 2019
Three stars Stephen Tomasin , Folau Niua (@usarugby) and Jerry Tuwai (@fijirugbyunion) have been nominated for the World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year 2019 in association with HSBC. Who gets your pick? #WorldRugbyAwards pic.twitter.com/wPfJBEuM8M
— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) September 6, 2019
My Brothers! Just wanted to express how proud I am of you two! You represent @USARugby so well, the nomination is soooo very well deserved! ?? @STomasin09 & LaoLao https://t.co/2kIhY4KJm4
— Todd Clever (@ToddsClever) September 5, 2019
Gregor pitches in
Finally for this week, a massive congratulations to Scotland head coach – and former Glasgow Warriors boss – Gregor Townsend, who completed his golfing challenge for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation yesterday.
A really enjoyable day and amazing to see the support for @MNDoddie5. Thanks to @StBoswellsGC and @buccleucharms for a great finish pic.twitter.com/l5PR7euCsV
— Gregor Townsend (@gregortownsend) September 8, 2019