Glasgow Warriors have enjoyed a faultless start to their domestic campaign as they gear up for their Heineken Champions Cup opener against Saracens on October 14.
The Scottish side have won their opening two PRO14 matches, with their most recent victory coming last weekend against last season’s Champions Cup semi-finalists, Munster Rugby, whom they beat 25-10 at Scotstoun Stadium.
Tries from flanker Callum Gibbins, full-back Stuart Hogg and back-row Adam Ashe secured the victory for Glasgow, who will be aiming to reach the Champions Cup knockout stages for the second time in three seasons, after being beaten by eventual winners Saracens 38-13 in the 2017 quarter-finals.
To do so, they will have to progress from a tricky Pool 3 featuring two-time champions Saracens, Challenge Cup holders Cardiff Blues and TOP 14 play-off semi-finalists Lyon.
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Speaking to the Warriors’ official website after June’s Pool stage draw, assistant coach Kenny Murray said: “The groups are always tough because you’re playing the elite teams in Europe.
“I think we have quite a good group, with an English and French side, along with a PRO14 team as well. We’ve played Saracens recently and we know how tough that will be, but they are certainly not unbeatable and that will be a good test for us.
“We’ve performed well against Cardiff Blues in recent times and managed to get some good wins against them, but they are a team we have huge respect for.
“Lyon will be a bit of an unknown quantity to us, as we’ve not played them in Europe before. They will be an interesting one to preview and with them being a TOP 14 semi-finalist, they will be a strong side.”
Glasgow lost fly-half Finn Russell during the off-season to Racing 92, but they signed scrum-half Nick Frisby from Queensland Reds, Canada utility back D.T.H van der Merwe and Scotland hooker George Turner.
Murray added: “On paper, Saracens are one of the top English sides and Lyon are one of the top French teams, but for us it’s achievable that we can get through to the knockout stages.
“We’ve had some really tough groups in recent years and last year’s group was incredibly tough, but we have competed with the best sides in Europe over the last few years and there is no reason why we can’t do that again.”