Heineken Cup match preview: Northampton hoping to remain alive in Europe

Last Updated: 18/01/13 4:55pm

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Northampton are still in with small chance of qualifying for the Heineken Cup quarter-finals as they head into their clash with Glasgow on Saturday.

Saints must win and also claim a bonus point at Scotstoun and then hope that elsewhere various results go their way.

The visitors have named an unchanged starting XV. The only alteration to the matchday 23 is GJ Van Velze's addition to the bench.

It is a different story for Glasgow, however, with coach Gregor Townsend having made ten changes to his team.

James Eddie switches to blindside flanker, Josh Strauss moves from number eight to openside, Sean Maitland goes from right to left wing and Moray Low and Al Kellock remain in their positions of lock and tighthead respectively.

Ruaridh Jackson and Niko Matawalu replace Duncan Weir and Henry Pyrgos at fly-half and scrum-half respectively, as Scott Wight remains on the bench as cover for Jackson. Sean Kennedy comes in on the bench as Pyrgos drops out the squad entirely.

Ryan Wilson is at number eight and Tom Ryder moves to the bench as he makes way for Tim Swinson.

Pat MacArthur and Gordon Reid replace Doug Hall and Ryan Grant at hooker and loosehead prop respectively. Hall and Grant remain on the bench with the number 18 jersey unfulfilled for a second week.

Glasgow: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Byron McGuigan, 12 Graeme Morrison, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Niko Matawalu, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 James Eddie, 6 Josh Strauss, 5 Al Kellock (capt), 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Moray Low, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Gordon Reid.

Replacements: 16 Doug Hall, 17 Ryan Grant, 18 N/A, 19 Tom Ryder, 20 Alex Dunbar, 21 Sean Kennedy, 22 Scott Wight, 23 Peter Horne.

Northampton: 15 Ben Foden, 14 James Wilson, 13 George Pisi, 12 Dom Waldouck, 11 Jamie Elliott, 10 Steve Myler, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 Phil Dowson, 7 Tom Wood, 6 Calum Clark, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Samu Manoa, 3 Paul Doran-Jones, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Soane Tonga'uiha.

Replacements: 16 Mikey Haywood, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Tom Mercey, 19 Mark Sorenson, 20 Rhys Oakley, 21 Martin Roberts, 22 Ryan Lamb, 23 Tom May.

What they said...

Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend

"This week I have chosen to give a number of players who didn't play last Friday an opportunity. I'm really excited about this team, they have trained well this week and there is an abundance of pace throughout the squad.

"We have learned a lot so far in the Heineken Cup so we're hoping to transfer these lessons into a winning performance on Saturday.

"Northampton have been on top form in recent weeks with wins over Exeter and Castres and being the only team so far this season to beat Ulster at Ravenhill.

"They are one of Europe's top teams and will test us across the park, particularly up-front and in the set-piece, but as ever this is a challenge we relish."

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