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Gregor Townsend does not expect any pitch battles against Racing 92

Published 22/01/2016

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend hopes to see his side thrive on the plastic Rugby Park pitch when they face Racing 92 on Saturday
Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend hopes to see his side thrive on the plastic Rugby Park pitch when they face Racing 92 on Saturday

Gregor Townsend hopes the grass will be greener for his Glasgow side when they take on Racing 92 on the artificial Rugby Park pitch.

Drainage problems at Scotstoun have forced Warriors to switch their European Champions Cup clash to the home of Scottish Premiership football side Kilmarnock.

But Saturday's fixture looks destined be a damp squib for the Scots, who saw their chances of making the last eight all but crushed by defeat away to Northampton last week.

Warriors sit third in Pool Three and would need to grab a bonus-point win from their duel with Racing's superstar line-up while also hoping a host of other results go their way in order to secure a best-placed runner-up spot on 15 points.

Nevertheless, Townsend wants to see his men put on a show by beating Dan Carter and co.

He said: "We're determined to deliver a winning performance for our supporters, who will travel to Kilmarnock for this home fixture. Rugby Park has a quality playing surface and we're expecting a large crowd, so it should be a fantastic occasion.

"Racing 92 are packed with quality players and are in great form. This will be a good challenge for our players against one of the leading teams in Europe."

Scotland winger Tommy Seymour returns to the Warriors line-up after recovering from a hamstring injury, while stand-off Duncan Weir could make his 100th appearance for the club from the bench.

Townsend added: "Duncan continues to work harder than ever, is really committed and brings energy to his performances.

"I'm sure that he will get a great reception from our supporters if he's able to make his 100th appearance for the club tomorrow night."

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