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Glasgow Warriors head coach Danny Wilson is keen for the Scotstoun faithful to find their voice in their Champions Cup clash with Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.
The Warriors’ home ground is set to be rocking in front of an expected full house, as they welcome former players Stuart Hogg and Jonny Gray to the ground.
As a result of disruption caused to the competition by Covid-19 last year, it’ll be the first time Scotstoun has staged a European match since La Rochelle visited in the same tournament in December 2019.
Back at home
Wilson, whose side lost 20-13 away to La Rochelle last weekend, said: “It’s great. These are the big games you want to be involved in.
“It was important for us to get these games again and have the chance to play some of these European heavyweights that we’ll have faced over these two weekends.
“The fact we’re back at home is really exciting and it’ll be exciting having a packed Scotstoun to help us along the way.”
Wilson believes the presence of Scotland captain Hogg, who played for Warriors between 2010 and 2019, and Gray, whose brother Richie plays for Glasgow, will add extra spice to the occasion.
He said: “It was a while ago since they left but at the same time they are Glasgow Warriors boys and a lot of boys here know them inside out.
“It’ll be great to see them back here but at the same time they’re playing for the opposition.”
Despite losing in France last week, Wilson was proud of the way his team played. That is reflected in the fact the head coach has made only one change to the starting XV for this weekend, with Jamie Bhatti replacing Oli Kebble.
Wilson believes it will require a similar standard of performance if they are to get a positive result against Exeter.
He said: “Exeter have several strings to their bow. The first one, the obvious one, is that they’re a powerful team who play a forward-orientated game.
“We know full well that that type of power game is coming. We faced that last week against La Rochelle and our collisions on the whole were outstanding for that type of game and we gave ourselves a chance of winning that game.
“We’ll need to be on top of our collisions in exactly the same manner this weekend.”
European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has announced that all seven European games involving French and British teams this weekend have been postponed.
The decision has transpired in response to the new travel restrictions brought in by the French government that have made cross-border competition impossible.
That means that five Champions Cup pool games have fallen, on top of the two already lost to Covid-19 outbreaks, and two Challenge Cup weekend pool matches.
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