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Glasgow Warriors head coach Sean Lineen has made nine changes to his side for the trip to Cardiff Blues following the shock home defeat by Benetton Treviso.

Johnnie Beattie will make his first start of the season in Wales after coming off the bench for the final 22 minutes of the 15-13 loss to the Italians.

New Zealander lock Rob Verbakel makes his debut and Gordon Reid will make a first competitive Warriors start at loosehead. Finlay Gillies, Mike Cusack, James Eddie, Colin Gregor, Tommy Seymour and Rob Dewey also came in after the disappointing defeat, which followed an away win over European champions Leinster.

Lineen told the club's website: "Everyone at the club was hugely disappointed with how we followed up that great win against Leinster, and I'm confident we'll see the fruits of that frustration in Cardiff on Saturday night.

"There's been a real edge to training all week, and a clear understanding from the players that, against Treviso, they fell well short of the standards they set themselves in Dublin.

"I've been really impressed with the response from the guys, and I'm looking forward to seeing them translate the hunger and hurt that have been there these past few days into a winning performance come the weekend."

Lineen added: "We've had four really tough, physical battles to start the season, and we feel it's the right time to shuffle our pack and give guys who have been knocking on the door an opportunity to show their worth."


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