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PRO14 Preview : Round 16

17/03/2021

The final round of the Guinness PRO14 takes place this weekend but with several teams still having games in hand, the battle for spots in Europe’s elite competition may not be settled over the next few days.

In Conference A, Ospreys will secure third spot should they beat group winners Leinster but defeat opens the door for Glasgow Warriors ahead of Sunday’s potentially crucial clash with fourth-placed Dragons.

Conference B is just as exciting, with Scarlets needing to beat Connacht on Monday night to seal the crucial third spot, but they will be keeping a close eye on the result of Cardiff Blues who are just three points behind and take on Edinburgh at the same time.

History will also be made in Round 16 when Hollie Davidson takes charge of the match between Munster and Benetton. Joy Neville will serve as Television Match Official, making this the first time in top-tier men's professional club rugby fixture that both the referee and TMO roles are filled by female officials.

Dragons v Glasgow – Match Preview

There could be plenty at stake in the Welsh capital where Glasgow visit the Principality Stadium for the first time needing a win to maintain their bid for a top-three finish, although even that will not suffice should Ospreys upset champions Leinster on Friday evening.

Glasgow are chasing a third successive win for the first time in over a year thanks to victories over Zebre and Ospreys in the last couple of weeks, but it could be a close encounter if previous meetings are anything to go by.

In December, Glasgow fly-half Brandon Thomas missed a simple conversion with the last kick of the game to hand Dragons a 23-22 victory at Scotstoun to square the series at two wins apiece and one draw in their last five games.

Location:

Principality Stadium, Cardiff | KO 15:00 | Live on Premier Sports, eir Sport

Officials:

Referee: Daniel Jones (WRU, 34th competition game)

Assistant Referees: Aled Evans, Gwyn Morris (both WRU)

TMO: Sean Brickell (WRU)

Overall Guinness PRO14 head to head record:

Played 33 Dragons won 15, Glasgow won 15, with 3 games drawn.

Did you know?

  • Dragons were unable to repeat their Guinness PRO14 Round 14 victory over Ospreys when they hosted Ulster on Saturday.
  • Dragons only previous victory at Principality Stadium was 34-32 against Scarlets on ‘Judgement Day’ in April 2019
  • Glasgow Warriors have won their last two Guinness PRO14 encounters and have not won three in succession in the Championship since February 2020.
  • This match is the Warriors first ever visit to the Principality Stadium.
  • The last five fixtures between the two sides have been evenly split with two wins apiece plus a draw, whilst the Warriors most recent victory against the Dragons in Wales came at Rodney Parade in 2016.
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