Test Match: Pyrgos capitano della Scozia nel secondo test

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Alba Ovale – 2015

Henry Pyrgos guidera’ la Scozia nel secondo test match estivo, l’ultimo della serie, in programma sabato a Tokyo.

Il mediano di mischia dei Warriors e’ uno dei sei volti nuovi scelti da Cotter per la seconda sfida ai Brave Blossoms, che lo scorso sabato, pur dovendo giocare quasi dieci minuti con due uomini in meno, hanno messo in grosse difficolta’ la Scozia.

Ci sono tre cambi e uno spostamento di posizione per ogni reparto; nei trequarti, detto di Pyrgos, che si occupera’ anche di calciare, Sean Maitland entra all’ala al posto di Damien Hoyland e Peter Horne agira’ al centro in coppia con Matt Scott, confermato in squadra ma che si sposta numero 13. Ruaridh Jackson viene confermato numero 10; ci si aspettava, forse, una scelta diversa da parte di Cotter, come Horne apertura e Jackson estremo (o in panchina per coprire Hogg), magari inserendo dal primo minuto il deb Huw Jones (o Sean Lamont, entrambi in panchina) al centro, anziche’ spostare Scott in una posizione in cui non ha mai avuto modo di eccellere.

Nel pack, Rory Sutherland prende il posto dell’infortunato Alasdair Dickinson a sinistra della prima linea e del confermato McInally, mentre Moray Low entra nel XV titolare alla sua destra, con Willem Nel che si accomoda in panchina; in terza linea, Josh Strauss gioca al posto di John Hardie, con John Barclay che va open-side per far posto a Strauss.

Continuity has been key for us since we began this season a year ago and in front of us is the need to put in another good, 80-minute performance against a team looking to bounce back from defeat last weekend. It was a very tiring game and we expect something similar this weekend“, ha detto Cotter al sito ufficiale della Scottish Rugby.

They’ll be very physical and relentless. That’s how they beat South Africa only a year ago in the opening round of the Rugby World Cup, so we know to expect a committed, tenacious team. We’re looking for improvements all over the field this Saturday but especially holding on to the ball at critical times. Our pressure through set phase was good last weekend with a lot of time invested in upping the level of impact that can have on the game; contesting their scrums and their lineouts. We want to be able to control this game as best we can.”

15. Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors) – 44 caps; 11 tries, 3 pens, 64 points
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. Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) – 28 caps; 13 tries, 65 points
13. Matt Scott (Gloucester) – 35 caps; 4 tries, 20 points
12. Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 19 caps; 2 tries, 1 con, 1 pen, 15 points
11. Sean Maitland (Saracens) – 20 caps; 3 tries, 15 points
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. Ruaridh Jackson (Harlequins) – 29 caps; 4 cons, 2 pens, 2 drops, 20 points
9. Henry Pyrgos CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 17 caps; 4 tries, 20 points
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. Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh Rugby) – 2 caps
2. Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby) – 8 caps
3. Moray Low (Exeter Chiefs) – 33 caps
4. Richie Gray (Toulouse) – 57 caps; 3 tries, 15 points
5. Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 24 caps; 1 try, 5 points
6. Josh Strauss (Glasgow Warriors) – 8 caps
7. John Barclay (Scarlets) – 51 caps; 4 tries, 20 points
8. Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors) – 19 caps
Panchina
16. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 16 caps
17. Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors) – 17 caps
18. Willem Nel (Edinburgh Rugby) – 14 caps; 2 tries, 10 points
19. Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors) – 23 caps
20. John Hardie (Edinburgh Rugby) – 11 caps; 3 tries, 15 points
21. Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester) – 52 caps; 4 tries, 66 cons, 124 pens, 524 points
22. Huw Jones (Stormers) – uncapped
23. Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors) – 104 caps, 14 tries, 70 points

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