RaboDirect Pro12: Gregor Townsend hails Glasgow after Connacht win

RaboDirect Pro12: Glasgow Warriors beat bottom-of-the-table Connacht on Sunday

By Gareth Llewellyn

Gregor Townsend was proud of the way his side overcame tricky conditions and a determined defence to defeat Connacht on Sunday afternoon.

The Scottish side were 8-6 winners against bottom-of-the-table Connacht in the RaboDirect Pro12, and the Glasgow head coach hailed his side’s win.

It was a really good effort

Gregor Townsend

“The conditions were really bad. It’s tough to play into the wind, but it’s also tough with the handling with the wind behind,” Townsend said.

“I thought the effort the guys put in in the first half, [it was] disappointing to be 6-5 down when we’d just lost that penalty before half time, but it was a really good effort.

“Connacht put in a huge effort. I thought defensively they were very good, they were disciplined. There were times there where we looked really good, playing at tempo, creating opportunities.

“The wind is really important in conditions like that, so I’m very proud of the effort, but as a team we would have learnt a fair bit out there – how we need to keep hold of that ball when we’ve got a defence under pressure and also adjusting to the referee to make sure that we’re more disciplined.”

With 20 players either away on international duty with Scotland or injured, the Warriors showcased their strength in depth, boosted by the loan signing of Edinburgh and Scotland 7s wing Lee Jones who made useful metres for the Warriors on his debut after flying in from Wellington in midweek.

But Townsend was impressed with the effort from several players.

He said: “A lot of guys put their hands up today for Glasgow. I thought the effort there from the players and guys coming off the bench – James Eddie and Fraser Brown – you’ve got [Jones and Rory Hughes] making their debuts for the club in weather like that. I know their hands were freezing most of that first half before they got warmed up at half time.

“I thought we played well. [Man of the match] Henry Pyrgos had a very good game – very smart play in the first half into the wind: when to go himself, when to use forwards and then get his kicks away under pressure and Leone [Nakawara] had an outstanding game, I thought he carried the ball very well.”

With the elements conspiring against the Warriors over the winter period which saw the Scotstoun pitch unable to host matches against Treviso and Edinburgh – which should now be rearranged to take place on the two Heineken Cup weekends in April – the former Scotland international was delighted to deliver a win for the Warrior nation.

“We could have got more with that possession and some of our play, but just very happy to get the win,” he added.

This has been out first home game in the league since November so the players were really keen to put in a performance and I believe we did.”

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