Townsend delighted with Champions Cup bonus-point win

Gregor Townsend was delighted to start the Champions Cup campaign with a bonus-point win against Leicester, but believes his side still have aspects of their game to improve upon ahead of their next encounter.Townsend was delighted with win but says there is a lot of work still to do

Glasgow ran in five tries in a 42-13 win over their English opposition, and Townsend was pleased to see the return of European rugby to Scotstoun.

Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, he said: “As a game and an occasion it was fantastic, and to see that at Scotstoun makes us all very proud. The noise was great and the way the players took the game to Leicester was exciting.

“It took a while to get going. We’re pleased, but there’s a lot of things we’ve got to improve on.

"There were a few set piece plays we didn’t execute as well as we should have done. The positives were that when we had the ball we were positive and chose the right areas to attack. The forwards did really well, and the carrying from the pack was great.”

Leonardo Sarto grabbed the headlines with a brace of tries, whilst Gordon Reid made his 100th appearance for the club. Townsend was pleased with the performances of both men.

He said: “I thought our wingers worked extremely hard on kick-chase. Rory was unlucky not to get his try, and Leo was focused on the game from the first minute. He deserved his two tries. He’s been waiting for this start since the Ulster game and he took his opportunity well.

“I think Gordy was inspired by the reaction he got from the crowd tonight. His performance at scrum time alongside Fraser and Zander was great. It would have been nice for him to cap tonight with a try, but I’m sure he’ll make up for that in training this week!”

Munster are Glasgow’s next opposition in Europe, with Towsnend’s side travelling to Thomond Park next Saturday. He believes his squad will be fully prepared for the challenge that lies in wait.

He added: “The players will have the chance to rest properly before Munster. It was a short turnaround from Parma last week, but the players trained well this week.

"Munster are a quality team, but at least we’ll go there off the back of a bonus-point win tonight. We’ll prepare as well as we can for that game in training this week.”

Written by
Craig Wright