More highs than lows for Townsend

Gregor Townsend will look back at his time with Glasgow Warriors with pride, despite the disappointment of losing his final game in charge to Edinburgh. 

Speaking after the game Townsend praised the Scotstoun crowd, not just for the atmosphere on the day but for their support over his entire tenure. 

He said: “I have to say it’s been a brilliant five years. Supporters know about the highs and lows as well which makes you work even harder to improve.

"When you think back up the five years, there has been far more highs than lows and to see the club grow of the field is something that we are all proud of. 

“The crowd have always gotten behind the team. There have been some special occasions when the rugby we’ve played has really got the crowd excited. It was great that against Edinburgh they kept supporting the team despite the result not going our way.

“It’s brilliant to see how many people are coming to our games. I’m looking down now and seeing players signing autographs and hundreds of supporters waiting. 

“It’s a good bond between Glasgow supporters and players and I know, now that I’ve seen so many travel away from home, that this is the start of something that will continue to grow. 

Townsend has praised Edinburgh for their victory, admitting that Glasgow were not at their best on Saturday afternoon. 

He said: “It was a game where we didn’t play our best and a big part of that was down to Edinburgh. They were very committed, they defended well and they managed the condition pretty well. 

“I know the players are really disappointed, as are we as coaches knowing that we didn’t play our best in our last game here. Not just our last game but last game for a number of players too. 

“Credit to Edinburgh, they showed that they are a quality team with quality players today.”

Townsend will commence his head coach role with Scotland immediately and has a busy week ahead.

He said: “There are a few things that we still have to complete here in Glasgow. We have the end of season dinner on Wednesday where will recognise the people who have really worked hard this season and showed the clubs values.

“It is important to recongise those who played very well and also our leavers. It is nice that my last engagement with the club is a celebration of achievements.”