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Taylor: Form will decide places

Glasgow assistant coach Matt Taylor insists sentiment will not come into Gregor Townsend's mind as he decides whether to pick any of his departing players for the RaboDirect PRO12 final.

The Warriors will become the first Scottish team to take part in a PRO12 final when they clash with Leinster at the RDS in Dublin on Saturday.

But it will also be the final chance for prop Moray Low, scrum-half Chris Cusiter and stand-off Ruaridh Jackson to pull on the club's black and blue jersey after agreeing summer moves to Exeter, Sale and Wasps respectively.

British and Irish Lion Stuart Hogg could also play his last game for Glasgow after he was linked with a move to Ulster.

But Taylor insists it is only form and tactics that will sway Townsend as he prepares to name his starting XV.

He said: "It's always a difficult one when players who have been at the club for a while are moving on.

"You would love to give them a starting position in a big game like Saturday's.

"But in the end you have to pick your team based on who you think is best going to execute your strategy.

"Unfortunately, if that player who is leaving is not the best guy to do that, then he's not going to get the nod.

"Sentiment does not come into it. You just have to pick the best players."

Glasgow have won nine games in a row to reach their first ever final and defence specialist Taylor says the side have already settled on a game-plan to cope with Matt O'Connor's Boys in Blue.

"We have been the best defensive team in the competition this year so we take a lot of confidence from that," he said.

"We have spent a long time looking at Leinster over the last month so have a lot of plans in place for the final.

"But discipline is going to be an area we will need to be careful on. Last year we scored two tries to one but our discipline let us down.

"We have highlighted that and done a lot in training to make sure that is covered. The stats are now backing that up."


From Belfast Telegraph