September 27, 2019
Cheetahs 48 - 14 Glasgow Warriors
GUINNESS PRO14 match played at Toyota Stadium on Friday September 27th 2019 | No comments
Dave Rennie says Warriors "were miles away from where we know we need to be" Glasgow Warriors went down to a heavy defeat to Cheetahs in the opening weekend of the new PRO14 season.
The home side ran in seven tries to claim a bonus-point victory on the high veldt, with Glasgow unable to live with the pace and fluidity of their hosts.
Glasgow's only reply came from tries by Nick Frisby and Robbie Nairn with Brandon Thomson converting both scores.
Handling mistakes, lost lineouts and missed tackles meant Warriors were unable to get any foothold in the game. The defeat also came at a cost with Nick Grigg, Andrew Davidson, Matt Fagerson and Kyle Steyn all forced off.
"We didn't do the basics well enough," said Glasgow head coach Dave Rennie.
"Our set piece didn't function at the level we'd want it to, we kept dropping the ball and if you do that at this level that you're going to struggle. They're a well-oiled team that have been playing well together for a few months, and we were miles away from where we know we need to be.
"We know we'll have to be better and we'll be looking for redemption in seven days' time."
The squad were dealt a difficult hand with injuries over the course of the match, but Rennie refused to use the blows as an excuse for the defeat.
"We'd trained well and prepared well, so we expected better tonight," said the Warriors boss.
"We weren't good enough and if you're a couple of cogs off you can get spanked in this competition.
"Nick Grigg was a knee, there were a few concussions, and Kyle Steyn got a knock to the shoulder. We had to go to the bench quite early, but we're not looking for excuses."
The Warriors will have a week to analyse and amend their performance ahead of their home opener next Friday, with the Scarlets the visitors to Scotstoun a week tonight.
"It's a pretty challenging start for us," admitted Rennie.
"We'll get home on Sunday night, and we'll start running things ahead of Scarlets on Monday. We'll regroup and go out and look to be better next week."