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Townsend hoping to build on win

Gregor Townsend is looking for his Glasgow Warriors side to make it five RaboDirect PRO12 wins in a row when they tackle Benetton Treviso at the Stadio di Monigo on Saturday.

In their last four tournament games, the Warriors have beaten Ospreys and Cardiff Blues on the road, as well as Connacht and Zebre at Scotstoun Stadium, and have the opportunity to build on their current placing of third in the table.

Glasgow have won on five of their last six visits to Italy, but were made to fight all the way for victory back in April, when a late DTH van der Merwe try saw them emerge victorious 13-8. Head coach Townsend told the club's official website: "This weekend's game against Benetton Treviso is massive for us."

He added: "We've achieved some good results of late in the RaboDirect PRO12, and after two defeats in the Heineken Cup, it's vital we get back on track. We're well aware that it's going to be an extremely tough game. Treviso have already beaten Ospreys and Scarlets at home, and only lost to Leinster by a point there.

"That underlines just how well we're going to have to play in all aspects of our game to come away with another win.

"As usual with matches against Italian opposition, we'll need to be watertight in our work up front; our scrum has been going really well in recent games, and establishing the right sort of platform in the set-piece is a necessity."

The Warriors starting XV for the clash shows five personnel changes from that which ran out against Ulster in the Heineken Cup last Friday. Tommy Seymour returns from his one-match suspension to replace the injured Byron McGuigan on the right wing, while Niko Matawalu, a try scorer against the Belfast side, lines up on the other touchline.

Stuart Hogg moves to outside centre, with Peter Murchie reverting to full-back. Alex Dunbar, who started on the wing in his last outing, switches to inside centre. Peter Horne, who has featured in every match so far this season, is rested, having also suffered blows to the face and knee against Ulster.

In the forwards, meanwhile, the changes see Finlay Gillies replace Dougie Hall at hooker, blindside flanker Rob Harley make his first start since recovering from a knee injury, and John Barclay come in for the rested Chris Fusaro at openside.

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