Rennie eyes improvement ahead of Montpellier double header

Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie insists his side can still improve upon their club record tenth consecutive Guinness PRO14 victory, after running in six tries in a 40-16 win over Cardiff Blues.

With three of the six scores coming in the game’s final quarter, the New Zealander was unsurprisingly pleased with his side’s strong finish to the encounter.

“It was foot-on-the-throat stuff – a couple of late tries, and it was probably more of an indication of the dominance we had,” said Rennie.

“We lacked a little bit of urgency, and maybe, with Cardiff’s red card, at the back of some of the guys' minds they thought it might come a bit easier.

“Cardiff were tenacious and hung in there – they were difficult to beat down there the last time we played them, but I guess in the end the cards told.”

The game turned in the Warriors’ favour after Cardiff prop Taufa’ao Filise was sent off for a dangerous tackle on George Turner. However, Rennie believed his side could have made more of their extra man.

He said: “Being down a player, they benched a player off the scrum a couple of times, which opened up a lot of kicking space for us. At the same time though, we have to be clinical, and I thought we played pretty slowly tonight.

“We had a couple of opportunities to take some quick taps that we didn’t take and ended up kicking to touch, which slowed the game down and let their defence get organised again.”

However, Rennie praised the efforts of his side during their last two outings, with the Warriors notching up 13 tries despite being without a number of their international contingent.

“It’s something we’ve talked about since I first signed – we need to create a lot of depth, because we know at times we’re going to be without a good chunk of our squad due to internationals and injuries,” said Rennie.

“We’ve got a lot of confidence in the guys that have been here training and working hard, and we’ve learnt a lot about some of the young guys in our group.”

The Guinness PRO14 now takes a break for a fortnight for the return of the European Rugby Champions Cup, with French high-flyers Montpellier the visitors to Scotstoun next Friday. Despite being without a win in this year’s competition to date, Glasgow’s head coach insists nothing will change in their preparation for the upcoming encounter.

He said: “We’ll put the best team out that we possibly can. Obviously, Europe is a bit of a sprint, being over six weeks instead of the 21 in the Guinness PRO14. We know we’re in a tough pool, with Exeter leading in England, Montpellier leading in France and Leinster doing well in their conference.

“It’s exciting though, because it’s where we want to be, and Montpellier will be a good test for us next week.”