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Gregor Townsend warns Glasgow of Scarlets challenge

Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend has warned his side they cannot switch off yet despite storming back into Guinness Pro12 title contention.

A post-World Cup hangover and series of cancelled clashes threatened to derail the defence of the title Warriors' won last year.

But s even straight wins have lifted the Warriors into third place in the table and put them on course for the play-offs.

However, Townsend has told his team the hard work is not done yet.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's meeting with Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets, he said: "We've got three tough games left to play of the regular season, starting with Scarlets tomorrow afternoon.

"They've already beaten us this season and they're only three points behind us in the league, so we're well aware of the challenge we face."

Stuart Hogg, Josh Strauss and Lee Jones return to the starting XV following the win over Zebre in Parma last Friday.

Scotland full-back Hogg starts at full-back in place of Glenn Bryce, while winger Jones takes Taqele Naiyaravoro's slot on the left wing. Number eight takes Josh Strauss takes up his place in the back-row, with Ryan Wilson switching to flanker.

Townsend added: "The squad have trained really well this week and we welcome back Stuart Hogg and Josh Strauss to the squad following our win over Zebre last weekend.

"It's also a boost to have Lee Jones back after he missed that game through injury."


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