Monday 18 December 2017

Townsend gunning for Sarries shock

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Glasgow will have to put on the performance of their lives if they are to prolong their European adventure, Gregor Townsend has told his troops.

The Warriors are looking forward to their first Champions Cup quarter-final against reigning champions Saracens tomorrow. But head coach Townsend does not believe his team should be happy to make up the numbers at Allianz Park and reckons they can upset the Londoners, who have gone 15 games in Europe without defeat.

"It's a huge game. To play at this stage of the competition is a first for this club - but you want to get to finals and to win tournaments," the Scotstoun boss said. "We're in a position where we can now do that but we have to deliver our best ever game.

"I believe we're in the right place to do that having looked at the way the players have trained and their fitness levels. But we do know we're up against a team who do make it very hard to pay your best game. This is a high-level game - the closest you will get to Test match rugby."

Warriors will be boosted by the return of their Scotland contingent, including co-captains Jonny Gray and Henry Pyrgos. Lock Tim Swinson will miss the tie after his red card against Connacht was upheld.

  • Saracens v Glasgow, Live, Sky Sports 4, tomorrow, 1.0

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