It’s a pretty quiet dressing room - Rennie

It’s a pretty quiet dressing room - Rennie

Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie was disappointed to come up short at the RDS this evening, as his side suffered it’s first defeat of the new decade at the hands of Leinster.

The men in blue proved too strong for the Warriors under the RDS floodlights, with econd-rower Ryan Baird and winger Dave Kearney each crossing for a hat-trick in a 55-19 victory for the defending Guinness PRO14 champions.

“We got beaten all over the park tonight,” admitted Rennie.

“We didn’t look after the ball and made too many errors, and Leinster are too good a side to let you get away with that.

“They defended well for most of the match and they’re great with ball in hand. We just lacked energy – we struggled to make it difficult for them, which was pretty disappointing.”

A difficult start saw the Warriors concede two tries within the opening 15 minutes, as Leinster punished their visitors for any mistakes made. Whilst paying tribute to their hosts’ ability to break from anywhere, Rennie underlined the disappointment felt by his side in the immediate aftermath of the match.

“We were into the breeze in the second half, but we know we didn’t give ourselves the best chance tonight,” he said.

“We know that you can’t make that many errors, and from turnover ball they were lethal.

“It’s a pretty quiet dressing room, because we were miles off it tonight.”

The Warriors remain in the playoff hunt in Conference A, with nearest rivals Ulster and the Cheetahs both still to play this weekend. Rennie was able to identify bright moments in the game when asked following the final whistle, but believes the result underlines the level his side are required to reach at the business end of the season.

“Against a side like Leinster you’ve got to be at that level for longer than we were,” said Rennie.

“Kyle [Steyn]’s try was really well finished, but that was one of too few bright moments tonight.

“It doesn’t change too much for us in terms of the general picture, and it’s not terminal. We know that we need to be at a higher level in these big games, though.”

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