Strauss: Warriors have to cut out errors to keep European dream alive

Glasgow Warriors number 8 reacts to his side's disappointing 12-9 European Rugby Champions Cup defeat at home to Toulouse

By Gareth Llewellyn at Scotstoun Stadium

Josh Strauss concedes that Glasgow Warriors will have to get better and cut out their errors to reach the European Champions Cup quarter-finals.

The big South African number 8 was again captain as the Scottish club put in an error-strewn 12-9 defeat by Toulouse at Scotstoun Stadium with handling errors, turnovers and missed opportunities costing the high-flying Guinness PRO12 club in what was talked up as the biggest match in their history.

“I think we struggled at times,” Strauss said. “That’s the outcome of the game. We have to look at that, rectify and get better.

“It was the same thing last week. We let ourselves down with errors and discipline.

“Toulouse are a great team; big men, great defensively, and they showed that in both games, but it’s about being smart and playing a different type of rugby and getting around that.”

The result, coupled with a 19-11 victory over the Scots last Sunday, was a first ‘double’ win for the European rugby giants since 2010, when the Warriors were again the opposition.

I think it’s about playing to our strengths. Trying to expose weaknesses…we just kept running into big men.

Josh Strauss

For Gregor Townsend’s men, it was a first competitive home defeat since Toulon visited Glasgow in January and leaves the Guinness PRO12 club needing to win their remaining two pool four matches against Montpellier and Bath next month to have a chance of progressing to the knock-out stages.

The Warriors have already defeated those clubs in the first two rounds of the Champions Cup, but could need another bonus-point win if they are to overhaul Toulouse, or qualify as one of the best runners-up.

While Montpellier are already out of contention and have already turned their attention back to the Top 14, Bath also still have a chance of qualifying and look a much stronger side than they were where in October as they were blown away 37-10 at Scotstoun. Leaving The Rec with a win is no easy feat for any side.

After the Warriors inexplicably abandoned their high-tempo game against four-time European champions Toulouse, Strauss knows that the Warriors will have to revert to type if they are to have a chance of coming away with the points they need from the final two rounds.

“I think it’s about playing to our strengths,” he added.

“Trying to expose weaknesses and we perhaps didn’t do that [against Toulouse], we just kept running into big men.

“We’ve got to look at ourselves, especially coming into a big game [against Munster in the PRO12] next weekend.

“We showed a lot of character at times, built the scoreboard, and played well at times; it’s just those errors that we’ve got to get out of our game.”


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