Half-century pleases Rennie as Warriors look to build momentum
Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie expressed his satisfaction at securing a bonus-point victory over the Southern Kings tonight, as his side ran in eight tries without reply in a 50-0 win at Scotstoun.
A five-try opening stanza saw the Warriors take full control of proceedings from the opening kick-off, with seven different scorers touching down in addition to a penalty try.
It was his side’s accuracy in attack that was most pleasing to Rennie, as his side returned to winning ways in their first home match for three weeks.
“I was very happy with our first-half,” he said.
“I thought Adam [Hastings] controlled the game really well and put us in the right parts of the pitch. We turned pressure into points, and I was pleased with our accuracy.
“The game stuttered through the second half – there were a lot of injuries and stoppages, but I thought we defended very well in the second half. We got a lot of turnovers and profited from a couple, so it’s certainly a step in the right direction.”
Whilst six players made their Warriors return from Rugby World Cup duty, it was second-rower Kiran McDonald that walked away with the man-of-the-match award after a typically combative display in the Glasgow engine room.
“Kiran’s done a really good job for us, especially in running our lineout,” said Rennie.
“He’s a really good athlete – he’s come back in a bit fitter this year, and has a bot more of an edge about him which is important for us.
“He’s putting a bit of pressure on the other guys in the second-row, and he’ll get more opportunities.”
Zebre are the next in line to face Rennie’s men, as the Warriors travel to Parma next weekend in search of consecutive wins in the Guinness PRO14. The Warriors boss believes tonight’s result will stand his squad in good stead over the next few weeks, with the opening round of the Heineken Champions Cup also coming into view for the Warrior Nation.
“We needed the win tonight,” said Rennie.
“It’s not that we’re lacking in confidence, because we’ve been training hard, but it’s good to get a quality performance out on the park.
“Zebre will be tough, especially over there, and then we’re back here against Sale who have recruited some beef this season.
“Hopefully we can build on tonight into next week and beyond.”