Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Rugby

Townsend wants Glasgow response

Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend knows his side will not have it easy as they look to respond to back-to-back defeats when they take on Munster on Saturday.

Warriors lost home and away to Toulouse as their European Champions Cup ambitions suffered a major dent.

But they must now return their focus to maintaining their place in the Guinness Pro12 play-off places ahead of Munster's visit to Scotstoun.

Townsend's side are just a point behind the table-topping Irish province, but the head coach knows they will have to be on top form to win.

He said: "After our European double header with Toulouse, our focus now returns to the Guinness Pro12 and our clash with the league leaders.

"Munster are incredibly tough opponents and we know we face another huge challenge at Scotstoun tomorrow.

"With both teams coming off the back of losses in Europe, we will see two highly motivated sides and, with Munster sitting one point above us in the Pro12, it is shaping up to be a cracking match. Once again we're expecting a large crowd to get behind the team."

Glasgow were beaten narrowly 12-9 at home by the French giants last weekend, but Townsend has made 10 changes to that side as looks for a reaction.

Peter Murchie replaces Stuart Hogg at full-back, while Sean Lamont comes in for Sean Maitland on the right wing and the club's record try scorer DTH van de Merwe replaces Tommy Seymour on the opposite side.

Richie Vernon continues at outside centre, with Peter Horne coming in for the injured Alex Dunbar.

Finn Russell keeps his place at stand-off, while Niko Matawalu comes in for Henry Pyrgos at scrum-half.

It's an all-new front row with Gordon Reid, Fraser Brown and Euan Murray replacing Ryan Grant, Pat MacArthur and Jon Welsh.

Leone Nakarawa replaces Tim Swinson in the second row, with Jonny Gray continuing in the engine room.

In the back-row Rob Harley moves to the blindside, Tyrone Holmes comes in at openside and Josh Strauss once again captains the side at number eight.

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph