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October 05, 2017

Warriors face "massive challenge"

Posted by Editor on October 5, 2017 09:09 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Ali Price is confident Glasgow can cope with playing at altitude
Warriors have been making the most of their week long preparations ahead of the PRO14 meeting with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

The Glasgow squad trained in Johannesburg before making the transfer for tonight's game at the Toyota Stadium.

Scrum-half Ali Price told The Scotsman: "The weather has been really good, there have been a couple of rain showers but, when we've been outside during the day, it has been mid to high 20s, pretty sunny, so it has been a really good experience so far. Training has been good fun and I think everyone is looking forward to the game on Friday.

"They've (The Cheetahs) obviously hit their straps recently with three good wins on the trot. They are a big physical pack, love their set-piece, and they've got a lot of gas in the back three, so we see it as a brilliant challenge for us to keep going with how we've started the season.

"We're looking forward to playing a nice, quick, open game which I think will suit both teams. It's a massive challenge but one we are up to and looking forward to."

Glasgow are the only unbeaten team in top-flight European rugby but the Cheetahs on home soil will prove a stern test. The Warriors will also face the challenge of playing at altitude.

"We did a session yesterday afternoon when we had more prolonged periods of play," added Ali. "It is slightly different, you lose your breath a bit quicker but what we soon realised is that you recover quickly. I feel we are in a good spot. The training will help in the game.

"We have not mentioned it that much, we like to think we are a fit side and are not going to use that as an excuse. We have been training in Johannesburg, and apparently that is a higher altitude than Bloemfontein. We are coping with it all right here so I am sure that come the game we are not going to be thinking about it, we are just going to go out there and play."