Glasgow eye injury-ravaged Montpellier
December 9, 2011
Lock Richie Gray powered over to score for Glasgow as they beat Bath © PA Photos
Glasgow Warriors need to record a home win over Montpellier to keep them in the hunt for a place in the Heineken Cup quarter finals.
Glasgow secured a 26-21 victory over Bath to get their Heineken Cup campaign off to a great start. Scotland lock Richie Gray scored the vital late try to clinch the win for the Warriors. But one of the toughest assignments in the tournament followed and they lost 38-13 to Leinster.
Montpellier are propping up Pool three after losing to Bath and drawing with Leinster. The narrow margin of their defeat gave them a bonus point to go along with the two they secured from their date with the reigning European champions, leaving them just a point behind the Warriors.
Glasgow - Player to Watch: New signing Rory Lamont starts and will aim to prove to Scotland selectors and to those watching from France that he can still cut it on Europe's biggest stage.
Glasgow - Team News: Glasgow have rung the changes for the clash with Stuart Hogg lining up in the back three with Federico Aramburu and new signing Rory Lamont. Graeme Morrison and Pete Murchie take the centre spots with Duncan Weir and Chris Cusiter at half-back. Ryan Wilson, John Barclay and Rob Harley form the back-row with Al Kellock and Richie Gray in the second-row. Michael Cusack, Pat MacArthur and John Welsh start in the front-row.
Montpellier - Player to Watch: Martin Bustos Moyano has it all - pace and a good kicking game. Glasgow will need to keep their eye on him if they are to prevail.
Montpellier - Team News: J-B Peyras Loustalet takes the fullback spot with Pierre Berard and Martin Bustos Moyano on the wing. Paul Bosch and Thomas Combezou are in the centres while Santiago Fernandez and Eric Escande are at half-back. Alex Tulou, Remy Martni and Vassili Bost form the back-row while Joe Tuineau and Drickus Hancke are in the locks. George Jgenti, Mickael Ladhuie and Goderzie Shvelidze form the front-row.
Key Battle: The game will be won and lost in the half-backs. If Cusiter can get his charges firing - while keeping the likes of Escande and Fernandez quiet then it could be a good day for Glasgow.
Trivia: Glasgow shocked another big French side when they beat four-time champions Toulouse in 2009
Stats: Glasgow's Tommy Hayes holds the record for the most points in one campaign for the Warriors when he slotted 84 back in the 1997-98 season.
"It's all about winning and not really about performance from here in. Every side wants to make sure they still have something to play for after the next two games"
Prediction: Glasgow will get the points against an injury-ravaged Montpellier side
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