Glasgow Warriors coach Sean Lineen has made sweeping changes for Saturday's Heineken Cup clash with Viadana.
Glasgow Warriors coach Sean Lineen has made sweeping changes for Saturday’s Heineken Cup clash with Viadana.
He changes his front row entirely for the clash in Italy, with props Kevin Tkachuk and Ed Kalman featuring either side of Scotland hooker Dougie Hall as Justin Va'a, Fergus Thomson and Moray Low drop out.
Hall comes into a heavyweight front row for his first competitive start of the season, while Samoan lock Opeta Palepoi features alongside captain Alastair Kellock in the second row, which is also revamped from last week when Andy Newman and Dan Turner were Lineen’s choices.
Johnnie Beattie comes in at number eight, with Kelly Brown switching to flanker as James Eddie is relegated to the bench, while backs Colin Gregor and Thom Evans feature in place of Scott Barrow and Hefin O'Hare who are selected as replacements.
Lineen said: “We’ve put ourselves in a great position as we look to take one step closer the quarter-finals.
“But, we’ve got another massive game coming up next Friday against Saracens at Firhill before we can achieve something that no Glasgow side has ever done before.”
Warriors have not won since defeating Biarritz at Firhill on December 9, a run of three games.
“The last few weeks have been disappointing, but we need to remember that we’re still a good team,” said Lineen.
“The players selected for the Saturday are those with a point to prove and the team also reflects the way in which we’re looking to play the game.”