"The key is learning something from this" - Rennie

Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie lamented his side’s lack of accuracy after their 29-22 defeat to Montpellier, a result that all but eliminates the Scotstoun outfit from the European Rugby Champions Cup.

Despite holding a 17-5 lead after half an hour, the Warriors were ultimately undone by two yellow cards, as the French side’s physicality ultimately told.

“I thought we started pretty well” said Rennie.

“Obviously George [Turner]’s sin-bin was dumb – leading by 12, we should have had a lineout 20 metres out to apply more pressure. Instead he ends up in the bin, they score three minutes later and then again jus before half-time. It was a game-changer.

“They scored 21 points when we were down a man and we lost by seven. Even without that though, our ball retention was woeful tonight. We were too manic in chasing the game. For us to put Montpellier under pressure, we needed to build phases and try and run them off their feet, but we came unstuck.”

However, Rennie refused to solely blame ill-discipline for the defeat, in which a brace for Leonardo Sarto and a try from Turner ultimately proved not to be enough.

He said: “Some of it comes down to our decision making. We’ve talked about Europe, and it’s about attacking balance – you’ve got to be prepared to go through the middle a few times instead of trying to run around them all day.

“I was pretty happy with the first 20 minutes, but we’ve got to find a bit more balance. It was a tough lesson for us.”

The Warriors now have a week to address any issues before the return fixture in the south of France, with the onus for Rennie and his coaching staff firmly on improving for the future.

“The key is learning something from this” said Rennie.

“We were very much in the game tonight. We were in control of the game after 25 minutes, but discipline and inaccuracy hurt us. We gave up a couple of soft tries, so it was a frustrating night.

“We’ll reassess next week and work out what our team looks like, before a couple of big games against Edinburgh over the festive period.”