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Kellock eyes 'massive game'

Glasgow captain Al Kellock admits their Heineken Cup clash with Exeter is crucial to their hopes of making an impact in Europe following their rude awakening in Toulon.

Warriors travelled to France last weekend full of confidence after winning their opening five RaboDirect Pro12 games but they found themselves 34-0 down before rallying to notch four second-half tries and a bonus point.

Exeter had a contrasting first half against Cardiff as they swept to an unassailable lead before recording a 44-29 triumph.

And Kellock admits they cannot stand off the Chiefs as they did in the first half against the European champions.

Kellock said: "It's been a huge target for us for a number of years now, to push on in Europe, and this is a massive game for it.

"We need to go into these back-to-back games against Cardiff with a home win against Exeter."

The Scotland lock added: " They are a very good team. Their performance, especially in the first half against Cardiff, was as good as you've seen and they will be coming here with confidence on the back of that. We have to make sure we take that away from them.

"We have got to focus on ourselves as well and make sure we get the basics right. Possibly that's what we didn't do in the first half last week. We focused a bit too much on Toulon and sat off them and gave them space."

DTH Van der Merwe has been handed a start against Exeter after coming off the bench to score two tries in France but Kellock expects a tighter game than the second half of their 51-28 defeat.

"It will be an entirely different game," he said. "That game, by the time we had got into the second half, had broken up because of the amount of points Toulon had scored. It will be a tighter affair against Exeter.

"They will have looked at the way we played in that second half and will try to stop us doing it.

"So we have got to make sure we get everything spot-on and provide good ball for the backs to attack the way we did."


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