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Anscombe's troops have armoury to repel Warriors' raid

Glasgow looked to be on the verge of setting Pool 4 alight when they struck for sharp tries to take an eye-popping 15-0 lead away to Northampton at Franklin Gardens last Sunday.

SADLY, they could not maintain their strength, set-piece dominance or steely edge in defence, eventually falling to their predicted loss in England.

It was, nevertheless, a pointed reminder to Ulster coach Mark Anscombe that there are minefields everywhere on this European terrain. The addition of fierce hitting blindside Josh Strauss looks a particularly potent bit of business.

For Ulster, it has been a marriage made in heaven with Anscombe - so far. There is a cold professionalism about him not immediately apparent in fellow Kiwis Rob Penney or Joe Schmidt.

There is also the sense that he will brook no debate on the way forward. The message he radiates is one of 'win at almost all costs'.

The power of each squad member makes Ulster appear more French and English than Irish in their make-up. They should make it two from two.

Glasgow Warriors v Ulster, Scotstoun, tonight, 8.0 (Sky Sports 1)

Verdict: Ulster

Glasgow: S Hogg; B McGuigan, P Murchie, P Horne, A Dunbar; R Jackson, H Pyrgos; R Grant, D Hall, M Cusack, T Ryder, A Kellock (capt), J Strauss, C Fusaro, R Wilson.

Ulster: J Payne; T Bowe, D Cave, P Wallace, A Trimble; P Jackson, R Pienaar; T Court, R Best, J Afoa, J Muller (capt), D Tuohy, I Henderson, C Henry, N Williams.


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