Biarritz go in search of home quarter
January 21, 2010
Biarritz and Glasgow go head to head again on Saturday © Getty Images
Biarritz have sewn up Pool 2 of the Heineken Cup in some style and face Glasgow at the Parc des Sports Aguilera on Saturday in pursuit of a home quarter-final.
Not many will fancy the trip for their last-eight showdown, with the Biarritz faithful always wholehearted in their support. Glasgow have endured a hit and miss campaign, with a thrashing of Gloucester their highlight thus far, and they face another year away from the business end of the tournament.
Nevertheless, Sean Lineen has named a strong side as the Six Nations approaches, with his pack laden with Scottish internationals. Dougie Hall, Moray Low, Alastair Kellock and John Barclay are all back in action, with the Saracens-bound Kelly Brown shifting to blindside following Barclay's recall to the No.7 jersey.
In the backs, Graeme Morrison starts in the centre alongside Max Evans in the centre, with Rob Dewey shifting to the wing in place of the injured DTH van der Merwe.
Magnus Lund, who scored the vital try at Firhill, starts in the back-row for Biarritz, but they are without that day's match-winner Dimitri Yachvili due to injury. Bruising French international Imanol Harinordoquy starts at No.8 and American flyer Takudzwa Ngwenya starts out wide.
"The players enjoy going over to France. We ran Biarritz close at Firhill and now have the opportunity to make amends," Lineen said. "Training has been going well this week. Biarritz are an incredibly hard team to beat. They have some quality players so we need to make sure our discipline is good and we deal with their kicking game."
Biarritz: Paul Couet-Lannes, Takudzwa Ngwenya, Arnaud Mignardi, Laurent Tranier, Ilikena Bolakoro, Valentin Courrent, Yann Lesgourgues, Eduard Coetzee, Benoit August, Mosese Moala, Jérôme Thion, Pelu Taele, Magnus Lund, Trevor Hall, Imanol Harinordoquy
Replacements: Romain Terrain, Rémy Hugues, Campbell Johnstone, Manuel Carizza, Fabien Alexandre, Karmichael Hunt, Ayoola Erinle, Iain Balshaw
Glasgow Warriors: Bernardo Stortoni; Rob Dewey, Max Evans, Graeme Morrison, Thom Evans; Dan Parks, Chris Cusiter; Jon Welsh, Dougie Hall, Moray Low, Richie Gray, Alastair Kellock (capt), Kelly Brown, John Barclay, Johnnie Beattie
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