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Stuart Hogg is treated on the pitch during Glasgow's win over Munster. Picture: SNS

Glasgow ring changes for Kings clash as Rennie rues Hogg blow

Glasgow will hope to make it four wins out of four in the Guinness Pro14 after selecting a team that should be far too strong for the second of their South African opponents, the Southern Kings. Against the poorest side in the entire league, Dave Rennie has rung the changes with the starting XV unrecognisable from the one that ran seven tries past the Cheetahs.

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Henry Pyrgos: Flying high in scrum-half snakes and ladders. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Allan Massie: High kick to the middle may not be so left-field

‘I’ve never seen a Garryowen from your own 22,” someone at Philiphaugh remarked to me last Saturday as we watched an intermittently lively Selkirk beat a Kelso team who had the greater share of possession, but couldn’t really be said to have enjoyed it. The comment rather surprised me because these days it’s quite usual to see the ball booted from the 22 into the midfield rather than into touch. And I suppose the high kick down the middle may be correctly regarded as a Garryowen.

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Inspired Glasgow Warriors in seven heaven in South Africa

The last time Glasgow travelled to Bloemfontein they shaved a fortuitous win over the hosts by a slender three-point margin. On Saturday evening they thumped the hapless Cheetahs by seven tries to four. It would be nice to imagine that Dave Rennie’s side had improved by 25 points in the intervening year but it seems a little more likely that the 13 or so frontline players who exited the Cheetahs over the summer have seriously undermined the South African team’s ability to compete.

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Iain Morrison: Adam Hastings gives Glasgow the edge

Glasgow’s game against Munster on Friday night was a humdinger. The home team bossed the first half, with Munster rarely able to get out of their own 22, and led 22-0 at the break. But with the wind at their backs, Munster dominated the second 40 almost as fully as Glasgow had the first, the hosts holding on to win 25-10.

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Allan Massie: Drop goals not just for last seconds of games

So Glasgow, in what was a somewhat careless, even ragged, performance contrived to come away from Galway with a bonus point thanks to Stuart Hogg’s very late drop goal. The drop goal has rather gone out of fashion, so it was good that he remembered it’s still a part of rugby, and worth what is sometimes a rather easy three points. Often it seems as if it is only the rather old-fashioned sort of fly-half – Duncan Weir, for instance – who remembers that it is often possible to score points that way.

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