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September 30, 2017

Warriors tough it out for valuable win

Posted by Editor on September 30, 2017 12:10 AM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Dave Rennie is happy to get the five points from the Benetton game
Tonight's 37-21 win over Benetton Rugby made it a perfect five wins from five in the PRO14 but head coach Dave Rennie says his Warriors lacked the edge they showed in last week's game against Munster.

Tommy Seymour, Robert Harley, Peter Horne and Sam Johnson crossed for Glasgow against a tough and hard-working Benetton side.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, Rennie said: "We carried a little bit high, our ball was too slow and it allowed Treviso to reorganise their defence.

"Treviso have been going really well and what history tells us is that they concede points but they hang in there and are difficult to deal with. It was an arm wrestle tonight but we got home in the end."

Rennie felt his team struggled to replicate the level of performance they delivered in last weekend's impressive win over Munster at Scotstoun.

"We didn't have quite the same edge as last week. We gave away too many soft penalties late in the game which gave them field position and they were good enough to score off a couple of them," said Rennie.

"They showed a lot of character, a lot of fight to hang in there. We expected that.

"Deep down we're pretty happy to get five points tonight and we head off to Africa on Sunday."

Having consolidated top spot in Conference A, Warriors now head to South Africa where they will face Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Friday night.

Rennie is expecting a huge test for his players against a side who have put Leinster and Ospreys to the sword in their last two games on home turf.

"They're a different beast at home," he said. "The two teams that they sent away certainly weren't anywhere near their best sides when they played at Ulster and Munster. They're trying to juggle playing Currie Cup as well as playing in PRO14.

"At home they've been able to put a stronger side on the field. They've got a very dominant pack, they scrum well, have an excellent line-out drive and some absolute gas out wide.

"We're looking forward to it. We'll get a whole week together and a chance to get a little bit tighter."