Rennie pleased with Glasgow's composure
Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie paid tribute to his side’s composure to secure a first Guinness PRO14 win of the season, as well as highlighting the effort of both defences in Glasgow’s 17-13 win over Cardiff Blues at Scotstoun.
Tries from Callum Gibbins and Nick Frisby saw the Warriors claim victory in a closely-fought affair, with Rennie underlining the importance of securing the right result in front of the Warrior Nation.
“It was important to get the win,” said the Glasgow boss.
“It was probably a bit ugly in the end, but it was important we got the result.”
A dogged effort from the visitors ensured that the Warriors were made to work for every inch of territory under the floodlights, as man-of-the-match Olly Robinson led from the front for the Blues.
“On the whole they won the contact battle tonight,” admitted Rennie.
“I thought Olly Robinson was outstanding tonight. We knew they’d be good in that area, and that nullified our ability to keep applying pressure.”
“I thought we started well, and I thought our lineout drive was pretty good. We generally played a good territorial game and we managed to apply some pressure to them in that second half, but to credit their defence they did well.”
The Warriors – along with their Guinness PRO14 counterparts – now enjoy a week off from competitive duty, before returning to action with a visit to the Dragons on Saturday 26 October. It’s a break that Rennie believes will allow his side to rest and recuperate, as well as reflect on the positives from a first win of the campaign.
“We’d rather keep playing to be honest, but we’ve got a couple of bumps and bruises to a few boys, so this break allows them to recover,” said Rennie.
“We felt that we could maul them well tonight – obviously we kicked a penalty to the corner early on and scored from it, and we decided to kick to the corner rather than the posts when they had a man in the bin.
“Even the last one tonight, when the penalty was so wide there was no guarantee of the points. Again we backed ourselves in the maul, but unfortunately turned the ball over.
“I thought we showed a good amount of composure when it mattered tonight though.”