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Glasgow hoping extra preparation pays dividends against Leicester

Published 11/10/2016

Glasgow Warriors have put in extra work ahead of the Champions Cup opener with Leicester
Glasgow Warriors have put in extra work ahead of the Champions Cup opener with Leicester

Glasgow assistant coach Kenny Murray believes Warriors' attention to detail will give them the best possible chance of breaking their Champions Cup duck.

The Scotstoun men have never made it past the pool stages of European rugby's premier club competition.

But head coach Gregor Townsend has taken no chances ahead of this season's opening clash with Leicester at home on Friday night.

The Warriors boss has had his backroom team working on a plan of attack for almost two months and even booked his men into a hotel on Monday night in order to brief them on the threats posed by Aaron Mauger's experienced English campaigners.

"It's a massive step up for us this week," admitted Murray, one of Townsend's deputies, before kicking off a Pool 1 campaign that will also see Warriors take on Munster and Racing 92.

"Leicester have been one of the top sides in Europe for the last 10 years so we know how difficult it is going to be.

"We've trained really well this week. It's a quick turnaround having played last Saturday but we've managed the squad really well.

"We've put a lot of detail into the prep but I think we've called it right. We're in a really good place.

"Europe is a big thing for this club and there's no hiding that. There's a real challenge for us and we want to do well and reach the knock-out stages.

"It's something we have been planning for the last six or seven weeks. The key though is that we have still had to take each game as they came in the meantime.

"But now this is the next game and w e've tried to make it like a Test match build-up. We stayed in a hotel on Monday night after training in both the morning and afternoon.

"We wanted to keep the squad together and give ourselves that extra bit of time to do a preview of Leicester and talks about some of their strengths.

"It's just something a wee bit different but we think it will be worthwhile."

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