Rennie rues missed opportunity

Rennie rues missed opportunity

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie expressed his frustration at his side’s start to the second half, after coming up just short in their Guinness PRO14 home opener at Scotstoun this evening.

Three tries from the Scarlets in eight second-half minutes ultimately decided the contest in favour of the West Walians, who came away with a 25-21 victory over their opponents.

“Conceding three tries in such quick succession, all from situations where we made errors, really hurt us,” said Rennie.

“It’s incredibly disappointing.

“I’m rapt with the character the boys showed at the end there – at 25-9 we looked dead. We got ourselves in a position where we could and maybe should have won it, which was pleasing, but we made too many errors.”

The Glasgow boss also highlighted errors made at key times, ruefully reflecting on a comeback attempt that ultimately ended in vain.

“I felt we carried well and got in behind them in the first half, and then we’d make an error,” said Rennie.

“We got points when they were on offer and exited well, but we’ve still got to communicate better and make better decisions.

“It’s frustrating, because we handed it to them in that eight-minute spell.”

However, Rennie and his coaching staff are refusing to press the panic button after the disappointing opening to the campaign, instead focusing on next week’s meeting with Cardiff Blues in front of the Warrior Nation.

“We always knew it would be a tough draw to start,” said Rennie.

“Cheetahs away, when they’ve just come off the Currie Cup and are well oiled, was always going to be tough, but we were poor last week. I thought we were better this week, and we showed a lot of fight.

“We want to win though, and we’ll keep working hard. We’ll sit down and watch the Edinburgh take on Cardiff tomorrow and start building towards next weekend.

“This competition is 21 rounds long, though, so there’s no panic from us.”

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