Swinson relishing Tigers clash

Date published: January 17 2017

Glasgow second-row Tim Swinson is looking forward to the challenge of facing Leicester in their Champions Cup clash this Saturday.

Swinson, who was man-of-the-match in the Warriors’ 14-12 loss to Munster last weekend, needs another excellent performance at Welford Road.

Currently Glasgow are on 14 points, six behind Munster, so will be pushing hard for a best runner-up place as their route into the quarter-finals.

And Swinson is confident they have the players to mix it with the best in the knockout stage, telling EPC Rugby: “We’re a really good side – play our rugby and we will win. Leicester are a quality side, especially at home, but we know when we play well we can beat any team in Europe. We showed in the first game up here that when we play to our tempo, not many teams can handle it – Leicester couldn’t that day.

“We have got to take that aggression and positivity down there and really put them under pressure. It will be a fantastic opportunity.”

Tired legs won’t be a problem for the Warriors, according to Swinson, who believes they have a squad that keeps everyone on their toes.

“We’ve got to be competitive in training,” he said. “Our line-out sessions are sometimes the toughest line-outs we face. We have a real zeal for the contact sessions that (assistant coach) Dan McFarland takes us through.

“It’s really competitive, we had a squad of about 45 training this week and really any of the guys could’ve played against Munster. There are so many quality players, we’ve got competition every day throughout the squad, and that will help us improve.”