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October 09, 2017

Glasgow must step up a level

Posted by Editor on October 9, 2017 08:30 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Henry Pyrgos says Warriors must step up this weekend
Warriors turn their attention to Europe over the next couple of weekends and expect an increase in physicality and intensity.

Glasgow sit top of PRO14 Conference A but Henry Pyrgos knows European rugby is a different challenge with no easy matches. Dave Rennie's men travel to Sandy Park on Saturday to take on English champions Exeter Chiefs.

Speaking in The Scotsman, Henry said: "It's great to be top of our pool and to have built up a few wins but to be honest it doesn't count for much now. We're looking ahead to an exciting competition and there's no doubt that winning regularly gives you confidence and breeds confidence through the squad, but these European pools are very tough and Exeter are a quality team so we know we have to step it up again this week and the next week.

"But that's the really exciting challenge. You have to be excited looking at another high-quality group and as soon as the bodies recover from the travel back from South Africa I know boys will be wanting to get into each other at training.

"There is a huge competitiveness in our squad, with a lot of guys playing for positions, and as much as that has been building through the season I think it will go up a notch with the European games now here."

Glasgow haven't always impressed with their rugby this season but they've proved to be a tough team to score against - the eight tries they have conceded this season is the best defence in the UK.

Henry added: "The Munster game was a really good performance but in the other games we haven't put in that 80-minute performance and so we're still pushing each other to get there. But on the flip side you learn in games like that how to stay in it, how to keep it tight when things aren't necessarily coming off; keep your composure. That gives us confidence. We're fit and we know how to win. There are areas we can get better and improve on but we have become a team, whoever plays, that is always hard to beat and very hard to put away and we take a lot of confidence from that."