Glasgow Warriors must win to keep Euro hopes alive - Townsend

Gregor Townsend's side sit second in Pool 4 of the European Champions Cup
Townsend's side sit second in Pool 4 of the European Champions Cup
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier, European Champions Cup
Venue: Scotstoun Date: 18 January 2015
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW, 5 live sports extra & online.

Gregor Townsend says Glasgow Warriors must win Sunday's match against Montpellier to keep their European Champions Cup hopes alive.

Warriors sit second in Pool 4, six points behind group leaders Toulouse and level on points with Bath.

"I've said to the players I think we need to get nine points over the next two games," said Townsend.

"No coach likes to say it's a must-win game but this is because if we lose we're pretty much out the tournament."

Warriors' European campaign got off to a promising start with wins away to Montpellier and at home to Bath. However, back-to-back defeats to Toulouse have left Townsend's men in a battle to make the knockout stage.

The five group winners will progress, along with the three best-placed runners-up.

"If we win we've got a chance of qualifying," Townsend told BBC Scotland.

"How many points we need to score over the next two games is as much up to other teams going for runners-up spots as well.

"Montpellier have had a tough time since we played them last, but the last two weeks they've been much better.

"They've been reinvigorated as the World Cup-winning coach of South Africa Jake White is now in charge. They beat Toulon two weeks ago and I'm sure they'll be out here to show their new coach what they can do."

Glasgow were 15-13 winners at Montpellier in October
Glasgow were 15-13 winners at Montpellier in October

Montpellier have no hope of reaching the quarter-finals after losing all four of their pool matches, but Townsend does not think the French side will simply roll over at Scotstoun.

"I think there's professional pride," he added. "A new coach has come in and I think he'll be looking to see as many players as possible.

"His aim will be to finish in the top six or four in the French Championship to get into the quarter-finals then semi-finals. I'm sure they'll be looking to play as well as they can on Sunday."

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