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I'M BOARD; Warriors star Richie bursting to get at rivals after spending hours in hotel playing games.


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STIR-CRAZY hardman Richie Gray spent much of last week playing charades with his mates.

Now he is ready for real drama when he goes into battle for Glasgow against Edinburgh in the first leg of the crucial festive double in the Magners League.

The rivals clash at Firhill tomorrow before heading to Murrayfield next Sunday with Gray and his Warriors hellbent on repeating their back-to-back wins of last season.

And he admitted a victory will help wipe away the memory of being lost in France.

Glasgow were stuck in their hotel for five days thanks to the delayed Heineken Cup clash with champions Toulouse at Stade Ernest Wallon.

Scotland ace Gray said: "There was no difficulty in focussing on rugby because we were in a hotel outside the city and there were no distractions.

"But it was hard getting through the five days with nothing to do. The boys kept each other going and ended up playing charades every night.

"It was tough on match day, waiting for the kick off - facing the European champions at any time would be difficult.

"When we pegged them back to 14-10 I think they got a bit of a fright because they brought their big hitters into the front row.

"For 60 minutes we held them well but they got sharper in the last quarter and we just ran out of numbers when we had two sin-binnings. Now we have turned our attention to Edinburgh and they are vital games in terms ofMagners League points."

Meanwhile, Gunners chief Rob Moffat has made four changes to the line-up that pipped Castres at Murrayfield on Monday.

Scotland record breaker Chris Paterson has failed to shake off a shoulder injury and has been replaced at full-back by Jim Thompson.

Scott MacLeod returns to the second row alongside Fraser McKenzie, who missed the Castres match with a minor back strain.


In the back row Ross Rennie takes the place of Stuart McInally, with captain Roddy Grant moving from openside flanker to No.8.

Moffat said: It's great to have Scott in the fold again - he's a big influence in the team. He and Fraser have worked well as a pairing this season.

"There's a real onus on everyone to make sure we deliver a 15-man performance and give ourselves a chance of winning the game. The players all understand that and can't wait to get out there and stuck in."

GLASGOW: B Stortoni; H O'Hare, M Evans, G Morrison, D van der Merwe; R Jackson, C Gregor; J Welsh, F Thomson, M Low, R Gray, A Kellock (capt), R Harley, J Barclay, R Vernon. Subs: D Hall, R Grant, K Tkachuk, A Muldowney, C Fusaro, H Pyrgos, P Murchie, F Aramburu.

EDINBURGH: J Thomson; L Jones, B Cairns, J Houston, T Visser; D Blair, G Laidlaw; A Jacobsen, R Ford, G Cross, S MacLeod, F McKenzie, S Newlands, R Rennie, R Grant. Subs: A Kelly, K Traynor, D Young, S Turnbull, S McInally, J King, N De Luca, S Webster.


Fight night: Richie Gray is rarin' to go but Rob Moffat (inset) has plans to stop him
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Dec 26, 2010
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