War­riors gear up for ‘ul­ti­mate’ Euro test

The Herald - Herald Sport - - RUGBY UNION - STUART BATH­GATE

THE match that Glas­gow head coach Gre­gor Townsend has de­scribed as “the ul­ti­mate” for his team, the War­riors’ Cham­pi­ons Cup quar­ter-fi­nal against hold­ers Sara­cens, will take place at Al­lianz Park on Sun­day, April 2, kick­ing off at 1pm.

The north Lon­don ground will have a ca­pac­ity of at least 15,000 and, un­der Euro­pean rules, the War­riors will have a ticket al­lo­ca­tion of 25 per cent.

“Sara­cens have been the best team in Europe over the past cou­ple of years,” Townsend said after the win over Le­ices­ter that took his team into the last eight for the first time. “To take them on is the ul­ti­mate and we can’t wait.”

Glas­gow will sell tick­ets through glas­gowwar­riors.org, and sea­son-ticket hold­ers will have at least three days in which to buy be­fore a gen­eral sale starts. The War­riors will email sup­port­ers with more de­tails next week.

If Townsend’s team wins, it will have “home coun­try ad­van­tage”, as the or­gan­is­ers de­scribe it, in a semi-fi­nal against ei­ther Mun­ster or Toulouse. With Scot­stoun be­ing too small for such a big match, a num­ber of larger sta­di­ums will come into con­sid­er­a­tion.

Mean­while, Ed­in­burgh’s Chal­lenge Cup quar­ter-fi­nal against French club La Rochelle will go ahead at BT Mur­ray­field two days ear­lier, on Fri­day, March 31, at 8pm. “La Rochelle have proven their worth in both the Top 14 and Europe this sea­son, and we are fully aware of the chal­lenge they’ll pose,” Ed­in­burgh coach Dun­can Hodge said yes­ter­day. “How­ever, we’re on our home patch and that’s a huge boost for the team.”

If Ed­in­burgh get through they will be away in the semi to ei­ther Cardiff or Glouces­ter. The fi­nals of both tour­na­ments will be held at the na­tional sta­dium: the Chal­lenge Cup on Fri­day, May 12, and the Cham­pi­ons Cup on Satur­day 13.

Cham­pi­ons Cup quar­ter-fi­nals: Satur­day, April 1:

Le in­ste r v Wasps (3.1 5pm ); Mun­ste r v Toulouse (5.45pm ). Sarace ns v G las­gow (1 pm ): Cle rm ont-Auve rgne v Toulon (4.1 5pm ).

Sun­day, April 2: Chal­lenge Cup quar­ter-fi­nals: Fri­day, March 31: Satur­day, April 1:

Ed­in­burgh v La Roche lle (8pm ). Bath v Brive (1 2.45pm ). G louce ste r v Cardiff (8.05pm ). Sun­day,April2: Ospre ys v Stade Fran­cais (5.45pm ).

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