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Glasgow gunning for Cardiff revenge


Gregor Townsend wants Glasgow to gain revenge for their double defeat to Cardiff

Gregor Townsend wants Glasgow to gain revenge for their double defeat to Cardiff

Gregor Townsend wants Glasgow to gain revenge for their double defeat to Cardiff

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend admits his side will have revenge on their minds as they take on Cardiff on Saturday night.

The Scotstoun side lost twice to the Welsh outfit during their failed Heineken Cup campaign as they finished bottom of Pool 2.

Now the return to the Principality's capital on RaboDirect Pro12 business hoping to register a victory at the Arms Park that will go some way to easing their disappointment.

Townsend said: "We travel to Cardiff with plenty of motivation given it was our two defeats to the Blues that effectively ended our Heineken Cup ambitions this season.

"We were really disappointed with our back-to-back defeats to the Blues and we're determined to make amends this weekend.

"The Blues are a quality side and they will be looking to get back to winning ways after their defeat to Munster.

"Tomorrow night is the first of three consecutive games on the road for us and we know this is a crucial period of the season, ahead of a number of home games."

Townsend will hand Ed Kalman his 100th appearance for Warriors against the Blues after naming the same side which started in the victory over Connacht on Sunday.

Niko Matawalu starts at full-back, with Lee Jones and Rory Hughes on either wing.

Richie Vernon and Mark Bennett are in the centres, while Ruaridh Jackson continues at fly-half with Henry Pyrgos at scrum-half.

Kalman starts at tight-head, with Gordon Reid at loose-head and Pat MacArthur at hooker.

Leone Nakarawa and Tom Ryder combine in the second-row.

Rob Harley starts at blindside, Tyrone Holmes is at openside and Josh Strauss once again captains the side at number 8.

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After joining the Warriors this week, new signing Folau Niua could make his debut from the bench, while Jonny Gray and Chris Cusiter have also been included amongst the replacements after being released from Scotland duty for this game.

Townsend added: "I'd like to congratulate Ed on making his 100th appearance for the club. He has been ever consistent for us and is someone we know we can always rely on."

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