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Lineen has sights on play-off place

Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen has urged his team to reproduce the intensity of performance that has got them to the brink of the RaboDirect Pro12 play-offs as they bid to secure a top-four place against Connacht.

Glasgow need a draw in their final match at Firhill before moving to Scotstoun in order to extend their season. With Scarlets and Ulster looking to steal into the top four, Lineen knows his players will need to be at their best against a Connacht side looking for a fourth successive win.

Lineen, who has made seven changes, told the Glasgow website: "There's been a lot of talk outside the camp about the various play-off scenarios, but our message to the players has been very simple. This will be a hugely difficult game against tenacious and confident opponents, and our minds will be focused on one thing and one thing only: doing whatever it takes to win the match."

He added: "Collectively, we've worked massively hard all year to give ourselves this opportunity.

"It's about everyone concerned bringing the same intensity, accuracy and spirit they have done throughout the campaign and making sure we earn the right to prolong our season."

DTH van der Merwe makes his first start of the season after marking his comeback from shoulder surgery with the winning try off the bench in Treviso last month.

Also coming into the backline are scrum-half Henry Pyrgos and winger Federico Aramburu, who captains the team with Al Kellock among the substitutes.

Jon Welsh, Dougie Hall and Moray Low come into the front row, while Tom Ryder is also promoted.

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