Gregor Townsend expects stiff challenge from Racing 92

Gregor Townsend has encouraged his men to up their performance again
Gregor Townsend has encouraged his men to up their performance again
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Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend has warned his team of a strong backlash from Racing 92 as they are set to play the Top 14 side for the second time in consecutive weeks in the upcoming European Champions Cup encounter on Friday.

When the last time these two teams met at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir, a try each from Alex Dunbar and Ali Price along with a 13-point effort from fly-half Finn Russell helped Glasgow Warriors secure a 14-23 win.

A victory on Friday will boost Glasgow Warriors' chances of reaching the knock-out for the first time in the tournament history but Townsend believes his men will be up against a stiff challenge this time around.

"Both teams will know each other better and the players will have more of an understanding of each other of what is required to win.

"Racing 92 are a quality side and played some excellent rugby against us last weekend.

"We've got to ensure that we deliver an even better performance against them tomorrow.

"It will be a special night for Josh and his family with him making his 100th appearance for the club.

"We can't wait to get out in front of a sold-out crowd who can bring their energy into our performance and we're hoping for a really noisy atmosphere tomorrow night."

Injury to Italy international Simone Favaro will allow Strauss to have a start in the XV for the crucial game at number eight with Ryan Wilson moving to openside flanker.

 

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