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Townsend fires up Warriors in bid to cut down Munster's hopes

By Ruaidhri O'Connor

Gregor Townsend has promised Munster his Glasgow Warriors side are targeting a season's best performance at Scotstoun this evening as the Scottish side look to leap-frog Rassie Erasmus' men and take control of Pool 1.

The Reds can book their place in the last eight of the European Champions Cup for the first time since 2014 with victory against their Guinness PRO12 rivals, but defeat would see them needing a win over Racing 92 and results to go their way on the final round of games next week if they are to earn a home quarter-final.

Townsend has named his strongest available side for the pivotal clash, and all 15 starting spots are taken by Scotland internationals.

And he called on his talented side to put in their best display of the campaign to date against a team his side know very well.

"Munster are a very good side in great form so we require aggression, accuracy, an effort of the best we have put together this season," he said.

"You've got to play the full 80 minutes close to your best. We've been involved in real battles with them, games that have gone to the last play. We enjoy the battles against them, but we know they are an opposition who will keep fighting for 80 minutes. But we do that as well. We've got to do that."

Munster are expecting a physical battle. CJ Stander said: "Glasgow are one of the most physical teams I've played against, but they also have also individual brilliance."

Meanwhile, Connacht coach Pat Lam has named John Cooney at out-half for his side's must-win clash with Zebre at the Sportsground.

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