Oct 19 2012 By Gregor Kyle
Centre Peter Horne is expecting the toughest of challenges against Ulster tonight
GLASGOW Warriors' Heineken Cup clash with Ulster is on course for a sell-out as the home side go all out for the win.
Few teams come back from home defeats in the European competition and, after last week's defeat in Northampton, the Warriors will have to earn the win against the only undefeated team in Europe.
Ulster dismantled Castres in their opening game last weekend and as he looked forward to tonight's tie, the Warriors' defensive coach Matt Taylor explained that he is well aware of the threat they pose.
“It depends on the conditions, but if it's raining I'd expect them to confront us in the forwards and maybe pick and go a bit more,” said Taylor.
“If it's a dry paddock, generally they like to play with a lot of width and try and use the ball. They are a very exciting team to watch.
“When we have analysed their last three games, five of their tries have come from turnovers, so the pressure they put on defence in other teams, they produce tries on the back of that. Certainly, we have to be good on our own ball – as well as defensively good when they have the ball.”
It was a view backed up by kicker and centre, Peter Horne. But even despite last week's defeat in England there were signs of the strength in this Warriors squad.
Despite suffering from one of the worst runs of injury in the club's history, the Warriors have shown signs of progress this season and also have a great home record in Europe, with six wins from nine ties.
“Ulster are a really tough team, the only unbeaten team in Europe,” said Horne. “They will be physical, they will be fast and we are really looking forward to the challenge.
“Last week for 35 minutes we were all over Northampton and we maybe went to sleep a little bit. We are working hard to make sure we take out the simple system errors and really put in a full and established 80 minute performance this week.”