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Glasgow Warriors v Ulster: Craig Gilroy will go out to carve up Warriors

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster's Craig Gilroy is out to deal a huge blow to Glasgow Warriors' title defence when the two sides meet in a crunch Pro12 clash at Scotstoun this evening (7.35pm).

Les Kiss's men currently occupy the last of the league's four play-off spots but the side who beat them in last season's semi-finals are just four points behind with a game in hand.

At this stage of the campaign, Gilroy knows the difference between winning and losing will be massive in the final standings.

"It'll be a huge test," said the winger. "Where they are in the league at the minute, this is such a big game. We can't let them back in or give them a sniff.

"They have been a bit of a thorn for us and probably a few Irish provinces.

"They've slipped off a few performances this year but they're not the champions for nothing. They're a fantastic team.

"They'll get some internationals back and it'll be a huge challenge."

Unlike their hosts, the visitors don't have their Six Nations frontliners back in harness, but Iain Henderson makes a long awaited return from injury - and starts at flanker - in a game that will bring a 100th Ulster cap for Paddy Jackson.

scotstoun showdown: Pages 56-57

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