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Warriors fired up for Ulster test

Published 21/02/2013

Gregor Townsend has made six changes to the Glasgow team to face Ulster
Gregor Townsend has made six changes to the Glasgow team to face Ulster

Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend has warned title rivals Ulster his rampant Warriors are capable of even greater feats after last week's record-breaking display.

The Scotstoun side produced a stunning 60-3 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons to underline their RaboDirect PRO12 championship credentials. That victory in Wales leaves Glasgow seven points adrift of front-running Ulster, who arrive in town on Friday for the teams' top-of-the-table clash.

A win for the hosts could set up an intriguing climax to the season and Townsend, who makes six changes to his team, said: "We played some very good rugby last week and scored some excellent tries but I believe there is more to come from this group of players."

He added: "We know we have to perform at those high levels week in and week out when we are competing against sides as good as Ulster.

"We have faced them three times already this season and we're yet to win one, so we're determined to put that right.

"We are now entering the business end of the season, where each match has ramifications on the play-off positions.

"We will be playing six out of the top seven sides in the next two months and we'll have to be at our best to succeed."

Townsend has handed Peter Horne the fly-half jersey on his 50th appearance for Warriors while Tongan prop Ofa Fainga'anuku and fellow front-row Ed Kalman both return, with Pat MacArthur in at hooker.

Tim Swinson and Tom Ryder are back to form a familiar partnership in the second row while Niko Matawalu, recipient of three consecutive man-of-the-match awards in the Warriors' last three games, starts at scrum-half in place of Scotland deputy number nine Henry Pyrgos.

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