Townsend frustrated with second half performance

Gregor Townsend was disappointed with his side's second-half perfromance at Parc y Scarlets last night having been dominant both in terms of territory and possession in the first.

Speaking after the match the Glasgow Warriors head coach claims he felt the team had built a good platform to give a better account of themselves in the second 40.

He said: "It was a disappointing second half made all the more disappointing by the fact I felt we had done enough in the first 40 to kick on and win the game.

"We built pressure in the first half, had a lot of the ball and spent a lot of time in the opposition 22. In the first half the penalty count was 7-1 in our favour so we need to be more clinical and take our opportunities, especially when they had a player in the bin.

"At half time we were dissapointed not to be ahead but felt we had built a good platform to build on so to concede a try in the first action of the second half was dissapointing and it's tough to come back when you're two scores down to a quality side like Scarlets.

"Yellow cards put us under pressure and Scarlets played really well, they had more possession and we missed a few tackles and made too many mistakes."

The win see's the Welsh side climb to sixth in the GUINNESS PRO12 with Glasgow in fourth and with it so tight at the top a last minute defensive effort to prevent the Scarlets a four-try bonus point could prove crucial come the end of the season.

However Townsend says he would much rather focus on his own side's points, coming away from a game with 0 for the first time this season.

He said: "To come away with nothing is dissapointing, I think every game last year bar one we came away with at least a point and the same can be said for the start of this season.

"We want to be competitive, even on our off nights we want to be difficult to beat and we were too easy to beat in that second half."

With home games against top four rivals Osperys and Munster coming up and a number of players due to spend time away on international duty, Townsend has encouraged his players to regroup and work hard.

"The players worked hard, Lewis Wynne in particular played really well at number 8 and it is great to see Jamie Bhatti come on and get his first cap. There are encouraging signs for the future of Glasgow Warriors.

"What we know is this group of players will form our squad for the next couple of weeks leading up to the Ospreys game so it is our job as coaches and players to spend that time working hard so we can really improve for that game."