Townsend: There is more to come from our players

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend was delighted with his side’s 33-25 win over Leinster, as well as stating his belief that there is still more to come from his players.

On the day Scotstoun’s new artificial surface was officially opened, the Warriors ran in five tries to continue their winning start to the season.

Speaking to, Townsend said: "We couldn’t have asked for a better day in terms of the weather, with the sun shining as well as a sell-out crowd and lots of noise. If you were a neutral today, you’d have really enjoyed the game. If you were a Glasgow fan, you probably enjoyed the second half more!

“We’re delighted with the result at the end, which means we pick up a bonus point. I have to credit the players for the way they reacted in the second half. We weren’t at our best defensively in the first forty minutes and Leinster exploited that. They came with a specific game plan and their young stand-off Joey Carbery was outstanding.

“The second-half was much better. We conceded just six points and I was pleased that we looked fit and sharp as we went into the last quarter of the game.”

Tommy Seymour continued his electric start to the new campaign, scoring four tries to take his tally to six in just two games.

Townsend said: “Tommy made a huge impact. The interception try he scored became the catalyst for us with the way it came from defence.

“The decision from our co-captains to go for that scrum in the Leinster 22 was inspired, and I’m glad they couldn’t hear what I was saying at the time as I was urging them to go for goal! They backed the play though, and Tommy’s line from the scrum was sublime.”

Cardiff Blues are Glasgow’s next opponents, with the Welsh side also going into the game with two wins from their opening two PRO12 matches.

Townsend is fully aware of the challenge that awaits his side, saying: “They’ll have seen what we’re about in the first two rounds.

"They’re a really good side and are really well coached. They were playing well towards the end of last season and have added a couple of new signings since then, so they’ll be dangerous.

“To go to Munster and win as they did last night, you have to play well and they certainly did. We know it’ll be a tough match. We need to focus on the areas we can improve, and I’m confident we can play better next week.”

Written by
Craig Wright