Townsend looks ahead to Munster after bonus point win

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Gregor Townsend has praised his side for their bonus point victory over Cardiff, but admitted they will have to improve to win against Munster this Saturday.

Speaking after watching the Warriors run in four tries in front of what he described as “one of the best Scotstoun atmosphere’s ever”, Townsend says his players need to focus for one of the biggest matches in the club’s history.

Speaking exclusively to glasgowwarriors.org, he said: "The Cardiff win felt like a performance we’re very much capable of but there are still areas to improve.

“In defence we will need to work harder because we did concede a few line breaks. Munster will come at us with ball in hand, they are very physical.

"It will be a real test of how we deal with their high balls and their set piece challenge. We will have to be better if we want to win that game.”

Scotstoun is already close to selling out for the European Rugby Champions Cup match against the Irish side and Townsend is hoping for another atmosphere like the one against Cardiff to spur on the players.

He said: "The Cardiff game was one of the best atmospheres ever and I've been saying that a number of the past four or five years.

"When the crowd get behind us it's like a mixture of a NBA game and a football game. Combined with the brilliant sport that is Rugby, it’s great.

"When you see Scotstoun and its full of noise it's a brilliant place for our players to play.”

Peter Murchie scored twice and Tommy Seymour was voted Man of the Match as the Warriors earned the bonus point they needed against Cardiff to climb back into the top four of the Guinness PRO12.

Townsend is happy with the momentum the side is taking in to the European matches following their fifth straight win.

He said: “To get the win we had to put in a lot of work. I thought Cardiff defended really well. There were some big hits going in.

“It was one of our best performances of the season, especially in attack. I'm absolutely delighted to get the four tries which are very important with the league being so competitive.

"Scoring twice was a nice Birthday present for Peter and it was all down to his hard work, He was always supporting the play.

"We have used about 50 players this season so far and 35 over the past two or three games and we are delighted when those players take their opportunities.

“I thought Tommy was absolutely outstanding. Catching high balls and his lines of running were really good in what were difficult weather conditions".