URC – Glasgow Warriors’ Road To The Final


Vodacom Bulls will face Glasgow Warriors at Loftus Versfeld in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship Grand Final on Saturday at 18:00 (SA Time).

Beaten finalists in 2022, the Bulls edged out Leinster 25-20 in Pretoria while Glasgow overcame defending champions Munster 17-10 at Thomond Park.

It will be the 17th final in the league’s history with the Bulls making their second appearance in the decider while Glasgow has returned to qualify for their fourth final.

For the third season in a row, there will be a new winner.

Here we take a closer look at the Glasgow Warriors' road to the final.

Round 1: Glasgow 43-25 Leinster

Glasgow made a flying start to the campaign, with Scotland centre Huw Jones among the scorers as they posted seven tries.

Round 2: Connacht 34-26 Glasgow

It was back to earth with a bump in Galway as Connacht punished Glasgow's poor discipline after the visitors matched them 3-3 on tries.

Round 3: Glasgow 20-09 DHL Stormers

Glasgow hooker Johnny Matthews scored two tries as the Stormers were kept in check, although the visitors did not help their cause by having two players yellow-carded.

Round 4: Ospreys 23-31 Glasgow

Glasgow's trip to Swansea harvested a bonus-point return with Matthews collecting his second try double of the season.

Round 5: Glasgow 26-12 Benetton

George Horne played a key role in Glasgow's victory over Italian side Benetton, scoring a try and kicking three conversions.

Round 6: Glasgow 33-20 Ulster

Matthews was the star of the show again, scoring two tries as Glasgow collected another bonus-point win and made it four wins in succession.

Round 7: Munster 40-29 Glasgow

That unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt against the champions, who ran in six tries. Matthews and Rory Darge pounced for two of Glasgow's four touchdowns.

Round 8: Glasgow 22-10 Edinburgh

Glasgow had too much for their fierce rivals, with Kyle Rowe, Ally Miller and Matthews crossing Edinburgh's line during an impressive success.

Round 9: Edinburgh 19-14 Glasgow

It was a tight and tense affair at Murrayfield but despite tries from Stafford McDowall and Matthews, the Warriors were repelled.

Round 10: Glasgow 40-07 Dragons

Glasgow never looked back after posting two tries in the first three minutes against their Welsh opponents and there was a double for McDowall.

Round 11: Benetton 09-19 Glasgow

Glasgow outscored Benetton 3-0 on tries as they safely negotiated a serious test in northern Italy against opponents with play-off ambitions.

Round 12: Glasgow 17-13 Cardiff

Cardiff proved infinitely tougher Welsh opposition than the Dragons and a keenly-contested affair was shaded for Glasgow for tries from Max Williamson and Lucio Sordoni.

Round 13: Scarlets 03-45 Glasgow

Glasgow cut loose in Llanelli as Rowe led the way by scoring three of his team's six tries against a Scarlets side lacking form and confidence.

Round 14: Glasgow 21-10 Hollywoodbets Sharks

Horne, Williamson and Kyle Steyn were on the scoresheet as Glasgow maintained their push for a top-four finish by seeing off dogged opponents.

Round 15: Zebre Parma 29-40 Glasgow

Another trip to Italy proved more comfortable than the Benetton encounter with Gregor Hiddleston and Steyn among the scorers at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.

Round 16: Vodacom Bulls 40-34 Glasgow

A thrilling encounter in Pretoria saw Glasgow finish strongly and score second-half tries from Steyn, Sebastian Cancelliere and Duncan Weir which ensured two losing bonus points.

Round 17: Emirates Lions 44-21 Glasgow

It was a game to forget for Glasgow in Johannesburg, with the Lions cruising to victory by scoring six tries as the visitors never threatened.

Round 18: Glasgow 36-26 Zebre Parma

Glasgow's latest bonus-point win was never seriously in doubt as they dominated throughout and Matthews scored another two tries.

Quarter-final: Glasgow 27-10 DHL Stormers

Having worked hard to secure home advantage, Glasgow made it count as they powered home, with Cancelliere, Henco Venter and Ross Thompson scoring tries.

Semi-final: Munster 10-17 Glasgow

Glasgow upset the odds to reach their first URC final since 2019, despite two players being sin-binned, with Steyn and Cancelliere crossing for tries.