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Gregor Townsend backing Glasgow Warriors in title battle

By Niall Crozier

Glasgow Warriors coach Gregor Townsend has been rubbing his hands with glee this week in anticipation of tomorrow night's fourth versus second RaboDirect PRO12 meeting with Ulster at Scotstoun (19.35pm).

The hosts are five points behind Mark Anscombe's men at this stage, but they do have a match in hand – a Scottish derby date with Edinburgh at Scotstoun on April 26, their meeting which was scheduled for New Years Day having been postponed following torrential rain.

Glasgow's impressive performance in Limerick on Saturday night yielded a thoroughly deserved 22-5 victory, their first on Munster soil for six years.

That was Glasgow's fourth successive PRO12 win and Townsend sees that run as having catapulted his side into a very good position from which to challenge for the title with the race entering the closing laps.

"I was really proud of the boys," Townsend said after that Thomond Park triumph. "They kept up their level of performance throughout.

"It is a big, big win for us – the most special of the season. It gives us a real chance now."

And yesterday, Townsend received two further boosts with back row pair Rob Harley and Tyrone Holmes signing contract extensions which will see them remain with Glasgow until at least May 2016.

Although just 23, already Harley has made 93 appearances for Glasgow since enlisting in 2010. In addition, he has made five appearances for Scotland.

Townsend said: "Rob is a very consistent player and is extremely hard working. He is always prepared to put his body on the line in training and in games.

"He's usually one of the players who plays the most rugby for us. Rob is developing his running game, his catch-pass skills and his line-out ability is also improving.

"As we approach the most important part of our season, it is a boost to have secured Rob and Tyrone for the next two seasons."

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