To start the pool with a win is important - Rennie

To start the pool with a win is important - Rennie

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie believes there is still more to come from his side, following their 13-7 victory over Sale Sharks to open their 2019/20 Heineken Champions Cup campaign.

In front of a capacity crowd at Scotstoun, the home side opened up a 13-0 half-time advantage before producing a sterling defensive effort to hold off a late fightback from their English opponents.

However, Rennie underlined that improvements will still need to be made ahead of their second pool match next weekend.

“We played pretty well, especially in the first half, but I thought we overplayed in our own half at times,” said the Warriors boss.

“Sale are too good a side to stay in an arm wrestle with, and they asked us a lot of questions.

“I felt we were comfortable at 13-0 at half-time, but we turned a lot of ball over and put ourselves under a lot of pressure. We’ll need to be better next week.”

The New Zealander highlighted the contact area and breakdown as particular strengths in his side’s performance, before turning his attention to the training week ahead.

“I thought we were excellent in contact today – our carrying was strong, we were excellent in the clean out and generated quick ball and our defensive lineout was superb,” said Rennie.

“We’ll keep tweaking those, but I’m happy with how we played in those areas of the game.

“We’ll work on decision making and how we manipulate the defence for next week and look to improve ahead of next Saturday.”

Exeter Chiefs will provide the next test for Rennie’s men, with the Warriors making the trip to Sandy Park in seven days’ time.

“We back ourselves no matter where we play,” said Rennie.

“I guess that’s why there’s a bit of frustration after that one – we know we can be better. We’ll have a beer tonight though, because we’re happy to get the win.

“To get all four points and to start the pool with a win is important, and we’re delighted.”

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