Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Kellock named in Warriors' side

Alastair Kellock, pictured, will return to the Glasgow side for the clash against Edinburgh

Captain Alastair Kellock has been named in the Glasgow side to play Edinburgh at Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday in the second leg of the 1872 Cup.

Kellock returns to the second row alongside Jonny Gray, making his first appearance since the 29-10 win over Treviso earlier this month.

The Warriors are 20-16 ahead after the first leg, which was played at Murrayfield on Boxing Day.

The second leg was due to be played on New Year's Day at Scotstoun but was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

A win for Glasgow on Saturday would see them jump two places to second in the RaboDirect Pro12, with just two rounds of the regular season remaining.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: "We were pleased with aspects of the game against Ulster last week, in particular the performance over the last 50 minutes. It's imperative that we back that up against Edinburgh on Saturday.

"Edinburgh are a really physical side who have beaten Leinster, Munster and Ospreys this season, so we know we're facing a strong challenge.

"Every game we play just now has added importance and although we've put ourselves in a good position in the league, there is a lot of rugby still to be played.

"Focus and accuracy will be key elements in order to build on our momentum on Saturday night - and if we're to secure vital league points and retain the 1872 Cup.

"Everyone has had to wait a while for this game but it should be a fantastic occasion and we're all really looking forward to it."

Wasps-bound Ruaridh Jackson will start his farewell tour for Warriors before his summer move to London after Townsend confirmed he will comes in at fly-half and Chris Cusiter continues at scrum-half.

There are three changes in the pack following last week's win over Ulster.

Ryan Grant comes in for Gordon Reid, Kellock replaces Tim Swinson and Rob Harley is promoted from the bench to start at blindside flanker, with Josh Strauss moving to number eight and Ryan Wilson named among the replacements.

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