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Preview: Glasgow Warriors v Munster

08th September 2011 10:53

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Rob Harley: Moving from lock to flank

Glasgow Warriors coach Sean Lineen has made four changes to his side for Friday's RaboDirect PRO12 clash against Munster at Firhill on Friday.

Loose-head prop Jon Welsh picked up an ankle injury in the 28-14 defeat to Ulster last week and Ryan Grant, who was part of the wider Scotland squad for the Rugby World Cup, comes into the front row as a result.

In the boiler room, meanwhile, Tom Ryder will pack down beside Nick Campbell, the Scottish Rugby Elite Development lock who will be making his first start for the club.

Captain Rob Harley switches from second row to blindside flanker, with James Eddie moving to the bench.

The back-line from Belfast is retained en-masse, save for a change at scrum-half, where Colin Gregor makes way for Henry Pyrgos, and an injury-enforced switch on the wing, Federico Aramburu replacing Tommy Seymour, who has a back complaint.

Lineen said he expects the new players to make a big impact against Munster.

"I'm pleased for Nick and Henry, because they're both players who work hard at their game and show an appetite to improve," he said.

Nick will benefit from having an experienced customer like Tom in there with him, while Henry has a season of professional rugby under his belt now and will offer us good control and game understanding at half-back.

"It's disappointing to lose Tommy, as he's looked pretty sharp in the games he's had, but Fede is a very capable replacement who's calm under pressure and knows the standards you have to hit against quality opponents such as Munster," added Lineen.

He wants a repeat of the courage and resolve his men showed against Ulster in Belfast, but no recurrence of the soft tries that ultimately cost them the game.

"We were disappointed not to win at Ravenhill, because certain aspects of our performance were definitely at the sort of level you need to get a positive result in a place like that," said Lineen.

"Where we let ourselves down was in gifting them preventable scores, and we know we can't allow Munster anything like the same leeway on Friday.

"If we tighten up on the individual errors and show the same application and invention that were there against Ulster, we'll put ourselves in with a serious chance of sending the fans home happy.

"Our recent early season record at home is something we can take heart from, and I sense a real hunger there among the guys to produce a performance and result that sets the tone for the rest of this campaign."

Munster have named a completely changed front row for the game, with Wian du Preez, Damien Varley and John Hayes replacing Stephen Archer, Mike Sherry and Marcus Horan respectively. Sherry misses out completely due to a shoulder niggle.

There is just one change to the back-line, with Simon Zebo replacing Denis Hurley on the wing after Hurley injured his hamstring against Dragons.

While Munster started the season with a win, coach Tony McGahan was unimpressed by the lack of discipline that saw Damien Varley, Peter O'Mahony and Lifeimi Mafi all yellow carded. The ill discipline meant that at one stage the Munstermen were reduced to thirteen men.

"We had three (cards) against London Irish the week before and we had three against Dragons. Clearly not good enough," said McGahan.

The Australian has put the blame for the shambles squarely on the shoulders of his players, refusing to use the inexperience of referee Stefano Penne as an excuse.

"We need to cop on to that regardless of the referee's interpretation. There will be some 50/50 calls. Same for both sides. But we saw retaliation, repeated penalties, high tackles. That's not what we're about. We need to address that," he explained.

Form: Glasgow Warriors recorded a fourth straight tournament defeat in the RaboDirect PRO12 match at Ulster on Friday, but have not lost their opening two encounters since season 2007/08. The Warriors' only victory in their last five games at Firhill was 25-17 over Benetton Treviso on 18 March. Another Munster victory will see them set a new tournament record with a 12th successive victory, surpassing Leinster's previous mark set in 2001-2002. The Munstermen have won their last six games against Scottish opponents.

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Federico Aramburu, 13 Rob Dewey, 12 Troy Nathan, 11 Colin Shaw, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Henry Pyrgos,8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Rob Harley (c), 5 Nick Campbell, 4 Tom Ryder, 3 Mike Cusack, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Ryan Grant.
Replacements: 16 Finlay Gillies, 17 Ed Kalman, 18 Gordon Reid, 19 James Eddie, 20 Rory Pitman, 21 Colin Gregor, 22 Scott Wight, 23 Peter Horne.

Munster: Munster: 15 Johne Murphy, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Danny Barnes, 12 Lifiemi Mafi, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Peter Stringer, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Niall Ronan, 6 Peter O'Mahony (capt), 5 Mick O'Driscoll, 4 Billy Holland, 3 Wian Du Preez, 2 Damien Varley, 1 John Hayes
Replacements: 16 Denis Fogarty, 17 Marcus Horan, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Dave Foley, 20 Tommy O'Donnell, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 Scott Deasy, 23 Tom Gleason.

Date: Friday, September 9
Venue: Firhill Stadium, Glasgow
Kick-off: 19:30 (18:30 GMT)
Referee: Dudley Phillips

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