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Gregor Townsend focused on Italian double header in Glasgow play-off bid

Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend wants his men to keep their play-off bid rolling when they take on Treviso on Saturday.

The Scotstoun side claimed a vital 27-17 win over Ulster last weekend to ensure they remain in the hunt for a top-four Guinness Pro12 finish.

The Warriors now have the chance to build some vital momentum with back-to-back clashes against basement boys Treviso and then second-bottom Zebre next Friday.

Townsend's team will spend eight days in northern Italy making sure they are in the best possible shape for the double header and the head coach is targeting two wins to ensure the defence of his side's title goes right to the wire.

He said: "Last week's result against Ulster was important for the club and our focus is now on building on our momentum against Treviso tomorrow evening.

"Treviso will be tough opposition as they showed in the game at Scotstoun earlier in the season, when we won with a late try. They have also performed very well at home in their most recent games.

"Back-to-back games in Italy enables us to take out an extended squad of 35 players to have a week-long training camp, which we're all looking forward to."

Italian flanker Simone Favaro will face former club Treviso for the first time since joining Glasgow last summer after coming in for Chris Fusaro.

Wing Taqele Naiyaravoro, centre Peter Horne, lock Tim Swinson and Adam Ashe also come in.


From Belfast Telegraph