Townsend: We'll learn from defeat

Gregor Townsend insisted that his side will learn from the 22-5 defeat to the Ospreys as they head into the remainder of the season.

Glasgow suffered their heaviest home defeat of the season to the Welsh side, with the Warriors playing 34 minutes with 14 men after Brian Alainu’uese was sent off.

Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, Townsend said: “The first emotion isn’t disappointment. There was so much effort that went into that game. It might sound weird to say I’m proud after a defeat like that, but we put in a lot of effort defensively. We didn’t get the breaks in the first-half and sometimes we weren’t accurate enough, so we know we have to work on some areas.

“The breakaway try was disappointing – it’s tough to take, but we felt strongly as a group that we could go out and win the game in the second-half. It’s obviously tough not to win at home in front of such a large crowd, but again, we’re proud of the last 15 minutes. That was a huge challenge, with an inexperienced team against a quality Ospreys outfit. For the long-term future of the club, it’s a learning experience for the guys, especially the three (Adam Nicol, George Horne and Patrick Kelly) that made their debuts.”

The club’s focus now turns to the visit of Munster to Scotstoun next Friday, with Glasgow looking to make amends for their 38-17 defeat in the European Champions Cup in their most recent meeting. Townsend expects that the Warriors will be a much-improved side for that encounter.

He said: “We’ll work out what it is we need to improve on for Munster, and start looking ahead to that game. There’s a lot of determination to do a better job than the last time we played them. Every game is different, and there’s a lot of detail that comes out each week about what we can work on. The relevant thing for this week is that Ospreys and Munster play a similar defensive structure, so it means we can tweak things that didn’t quite work last night.

“All credit to Ospreys, they played really well and deserved the win. The next four games are massive for our season, and we’ll stick together as a group and work through them as they come.”

With Scotland’s final autumn international taking place against Georgia at Rugby Park today, a number of the Warriors away with the national side could be in contention to face Munster. However, Townsend is cautious of asking his international stars to make an immediate return to GUINNESS PRO12 action.

He said: “We’ve obviously got to manage their workload as well. Like I said, it’s a massive month for us. We’ll be managing our resources this week, but similarly we’re going to have a few players available next week.

“It was great to see the Scotland boys at Scotstoun last night, and we wish them all the best today."

Written by
Craig Wright