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Lineen calls for team effort

Head coach Sean Lineen has called for a collective effort from his Glasgow Warriors side as they seek to repeat a surprise Heineken Cup win in Toulouse on Saturday.

The Warriors, who were forced into a late change on Friday with hooker Dougie Hall ruled out with a head knock and replaced by Fergus Thomson, recorded a 33-26 win in Toulouse in January 2009. However, almost two years on, the French Top 14 side are European champions for a fourth time and defeated Glasgow 28-16 last weekend.

"We don't want to look too much to that game - it was a different team, it was two years ago," Lineen told the club website. "We've got Toulouse away from home in the Heineken Cup - it doesn't get bigger than that. It's got to be all hands on deck."

Former Scotland centre Lineen was far from satisfied with his side's performance in last Friday's loss at Firhill, which sees the Warriors third in Pool Six behind Toulouse and Wasps and ahead of Newport Gwent Dragons.

He added: "We didn't play that well. They had their top team out. A couple of parts of the game just didn't go according to plan.

"It's the worst percentage in terms of possession we've had in the last four years.

"They had something like 78% possession, which is ridiculous.

"We can't give them that much ball or that much respect because they're a lethal team."


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