Evening Times

Summit special for Warriors as fringe men fire


GLASGOW WARRIORS coach Sean Lineen today admitted he will have a selection headache for Friday’s Heineken Cup clash with English Premiershi­p cracks Gloucester at Firhill.

The Warriors stormed to the top of the Magners League after a magnificen­t 25-13 victory over Ulster at Ravenhill.

With Glasgow skipper Al Kellock and No. 8 Johnnie Beattie both rested, the supporting cast of Richie Gray and Richie Vernon almost stole the show from Dan Parks, who kicked 20 points and try-scorer Thom Evans.

Lineen said: “I have now got some very big decisions to make ahead of the Gloucester game.

“The pack were superb for us and the fact that we stole eight of Ulster's lineout balls was huge.

“ Both Richie Gray and Richie Vernon were magnificen­t, but we will h ave Al and Johnnie available for Friday night and there are some tough calls ahead.

“This win was a massive one for us ahead of the Gloucester Heineken Cup tie.

“You never know how the players are going to be after a five-week break for the internatio­nals, but they came up with all the answers in horrendous conditions.

“ We can now go into the Gloucester game with confidence high, but certainly not complacent.”

Warriors now sit joint top of the table with Edinburgh, who won 17-16 at Scarlets with both sides on the 23-point mark.

And Lineen says the Gloucester game can’t come quickly enough.

He said: “We are looking very strong right now and it makes a change not to be moaning about illness or injury ahead of a big game.

“We will just have to make sure we wrap the boys in cotton wool between now and Friday night.

“But with the home support at our backs and in this form we have a chance to turn around our Heineken Cup campaign.”

Meanwhile, Scotland plunged to a new low at the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens with defeat by Portugal in the semi-final of the fourth-tier event, the Shield. THE squad arrived in George yesterday ahead of the South Africa Sevens, the second leg of the IRB World Series, facing a crisis of confidence.

“We’re now standing at the edge of a cliff looking over the precipice,” said coach, Stephen Gemmell.

“On the evidence of Dubai we’re bottom of the pile and we have to deal with it this week. But we must also address our problems further when we get home.”

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