Townsend: We must close games out

Glasgow Warriors drew 20-20 with the Ospreys in an entertaining encounter at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea this afternoon.

The draw moves Glasgow back up to eighth in the GUINNESS PRO12 and 11 points from the summit, albeit with two games in hand.

Following the game Gregor Townsend said he was pleased with a number of aspects, but says they need to take their chances to close games out.

Speaking exclusively to glasgowwarriors.org, Townsend said: "I was really pleased with the way we started the game.

"You would expect the home team to come out the blocks but we got into the right areas on a number of occasions in the first-half, but we're probably disappointed we didn't get more points on the board through that territorial dominance.

"I felt in the second-half we carried on where we left off and it was a very competitive game. We built that seven point lead but we probably needed another three points and a bit more control in their 22 to see out the game.

"We missed too many tackles at the end which gave Ospreys the try and a bit of hope that they could win the game and we have to improve our discipline as we gave Ospreys some easy outs by giving away penalties."

Rory Hughes scored his first competitive try for the club following a successful loan spell at London Scottish and second-half replacement Gordon Reid also touched down in difficult playing conditions.

Townsend added: "I was really pleased with the work rate of the wingers and over the piece a number of players played well.

"It was an excellent game to watch and a high quality match, which is a credit to the PRO12 and it shows Ospreys will definitely be in the mix come the end of the season."

A number of players will now be given some time off ahead of the Warriors next fixture away to Ulster a week on Friday, but other players will be playing international rugby for their respective countries.

Townsend said: "Greg Peterson is away to play for USA next week and Shalva Mamukashvili is away playing for Georgia. We'll also have some players playing for Scotland against England next weekend, while other players will get a bit of a break.

"We have a Friday game away from home against Ulster the night before Scotland play Wales, which will be a real challenge as they are a quality side.

"We know if we do pick up an away win it's almost like double points because the team you're playing are probably banking on getting the win to stay in the top four.

"Today shows we're a competitive side and the players are working hard in training, but there is still a bit of work to do.

"We'll be working with this squad throughout the RBS 6 Nations to help them improve and if we get into positions like today when the win is almost within our grasp, we need to come away with the win."

Written by
Jeremy Bone in Swansea