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Glasgow Warriors player ratings vs Bulls | 2023/24 URC Final

By Ian Cameron
Matt Fagerson of the Glasgow Warriors during the United Rugby Championship final match between Vodacom Bulls and Glasgow Warriors at Loftus Versfeld on June 22, 2024 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Gordon Arons/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Glasgow Warriors player ratings: Glasgow defied the odds to beat the Bulls and lift the URC Final trophy in a thrilling win at Loftus Versfeld. Displaying remarkable resilience, the Warriors overcame the physicality and intensity of the Bulls to roar back into the second half, before taking the lead as the home side ran out of steam.

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It is was by no means a perfect performance, but by god the guts!

Here’s how we rated the Glasgow Warriors players:

1. Jamie Bhatti – 5
Like Leinster’s front row a week earlier, he was under serious pressure at scrum time but for the most part, survived before being taken off just after halftime.

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2. Johnny Matthews – 5
A dreadful start as an accidental dummy throw cost Glasgow a vital attacking platform. His presence in open play was limited, and he struggled to make an impact. Uncharacteristic after a great season for the hooker.

3. Zander Fagerson – 6.5
Was beasted at times against Bulls loosehead Gerhard Steenekamp but did his best to adjust as the game wore on. Made some serious hits in defence but winning a late scrum penalty on Steenekamp was the sort of top-draw effort you’d expect from the British & Irish Lion.

4. Scott Cummings – 7
Kept the visitors in the game when he forced his way over the line just seconds before halftime and stayed in the fight.

5. Richie Gray – 5
The 6’10, 126kg second row clearly struggled at times with both the pace of the game and the altitude. Maybe the wrong horse for this course as Gregor Brown was a noticeable improvement.

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6. Matt Fagerson – 9
One of Glasgow’s standout performers, making numerous tackles and bullocking carries. Consistently put his hand up for the hard yards and refused to shirk the physical challenge the Bulls posed.

Attack

146
Passes
132
128
Ball Carries
123
236m
Post Contact Metres
361m
2
Line Breaks
7

7. Rory Darge – 7.5
Did brilliantly to foil the 126kg Wilco Louw at the try line in the 23rd minute, but was one of a number of players whose discipline let them down. Maybe felt he had to play on the edge to slow down the Bulls’ ball-hogging.

8. Jack Dempsey – 8.5
Strong in his ball carries and committed in defence. Maintained his intensity throughout the match despite the thin air and devastatingly had his 50-metre intercept try disallowed. Glasgow certainly won the battle of the back rows.

9. George Horne – 8
Lively around the fringes and provided quick service. Found it hard to maintain the tempo on the back foot against the Bulls’ robust defence. Very nearly an immaculate kicking performance from the tee.

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Kicks

22
Total Kicks
22
1:6.6
Kick To Pass Ratio
1:6

10. Tom Jordan – 6
A decidedly mixed bag from Jordan, who had plenty of bright moments in the attack but also a few too many messy moments when forced to play sweeper. A lovely dab on in the lead-up to Huw Jones’ try was first class. Needs to look at his tackling form as he came in very upright and not just for his yellow card offence in the 77th minute.

11. Kyle Steyn – 7.5
Gave away a kickable penalty due to over-eagerness with just a minute on the clock. Recovered well and did a fine of job of managing the referee. Instrumental in the lead-up to Jones’ try.

12. Sione Tuipulotu – 7
Not his finest performance but strong in defence and carried well when given the chance. Couldn’t find the space to create significant attacking opportunities but never gave an inch.

13. Huw Jones – 5
An early fumble hurt his confidence but scrambled well in defence in the face of the Bulls’ onslaught. Fairly anonymous in attack until scoring his try and made questionable decisions. Showed plenty of guts – especially at the breakdown – even if was an off day at the office for the centre.

14. Sebastian Cancelliere – 8
The Puma made the most of his limited opportunities, posing a constant threat on the wing. Defensively reliable and added value in attack. Lost his feet on occasion, suggesting he might to take a look at his stubs.

15. Josh McKay – 8.5
Like with Cancelliere, was excellent on the ball, even when living off scraps of possession. Repeatedly made things happen in attack when Glasgow needed an X-factor injection.

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16. George Turner – 6
Losing a lineout after he came on wasn’t the brightest start but he managed to get on the end of a 5-pointer for a fine maul try at 53 minutes.

17. Nathan McBeth – 6
Brought some stability to the scrum and made a few significant contributions in open play.

18. Oli Kebble -NA
Did not feature.

19. Gregor Brown – 7.5
Impressive in the lineout and physical in defence. Made significant contributions in both set-pieces and open play.

20. Euan Ferrie – NA
Not used.

21. Henco Venter – 8.5
Injected much-needed physicality and aggression into the game. Made several crucial tackles and interventions.

22. Jamie Dobie – 7.5
Added energy and speed, putting the Bulls’ defense under pressure. Made several incisive runs and smart decisions.

23. Duncan Weir – NA
Not used.

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Pat 25 days ago

Work experience boy given the ratings job? A truly bizarre set of ratings. My worry is that it’s been done as clickbait.

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Jonathan 26 days ago

Agree with the comments below. Did the person who scored the players actually watch the game. The scores and comments are factually incorrect. Glasgow were 10/10

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Chris 26 days ago

10/10 for the whole team. Well done. You don’t go to a packed Loftus and just win, not to mention beating Munster away too. Congrats from a Saffa

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Alas 27 days ago

Was the guy that rated these players a footballer, because he clearly wasn't watching the game. Embarrassing rubbish.

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Alyson 27 days ago

I hate to think how you’d have rated them had they lost 🙈

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bob 27 days ago

Matt deserved Man of the match but there were others who came close.

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bob 27 days ago

Who can ever believe ratings.
These Glasgow lads were immense.
Add a couple of points to each one.
Kyle’s captaincy was key.

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finn 6 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

What a difference 9 months makes! Last autumn everyone was talking about how important versatile bench players were to SA’s WC win, now we’re back to only wanting specialists? The timing of this turn is pretty odd when you consider that some of the best players on the pitch in the SA/Ireland match were Osbourne (a centre playing out of position at 15), Feinberg-Mngomezulu (a fly-half/centre playing out of position at 15), and Frawley (a utility back). Having specialists across the backline is great, but its not always necessary. Personally I think Frawley is unlikely to displace Crowley as first choice 10, but his ability to play 12 and 15 means he’s pretty much guaranteed to hold down a spot on the bench, and should get a decent amount of minutes either at the end of games or starting when there are injuries. I think Willemse is in a similar boat. Feinberg-Mngomezulu possibly could become a regular starter at 10 for the Springboks, but he might not, given he’d have to displace Libbok and Pollard. I think its best not to put all your eggs in one basket - Osbourne played so well at the weekend that he will hopefully be trusted with the 15 shirt for the autumn at least, but if things hadn’t gone well for him he could have bided his time until an opportunity opened up at centre. Similarly Feinberg-Mngomezulu is likely to get a few opportunities at 15 in the coming months due to le Roux’s age and Willemse’s injury, but given SA don’t have a single centre aged under 30 its likely that opportunities could also open up at 12 if he keeps playing there for Stormers. None of this will discount him from being given gametime at 10 - in the last RWC cycle Rassie gave a start at 10 to Frans Steyn, and even gave de Klerk minutes there off the bench - but it will give him far more opportunities for first team rugby.

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