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January 03, 2019

Warriors expect tough Italian challenge

Posted by Editor on January 3, 2019 04:18 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Tim Swinson expects a tough challenge when Warriors take on Treviso
Tim Swinson expects a tough challenge when Glasgow travel to Italy to take on Benetton Treviso on Saturday.

Speaking in The Scotsman, Swinson said: "Benetton have been a really good side over the last 12 to 18 months and they are well organised with a good quality forward pack so it will be a very good test ahead of two games in Europe against two more strong forward packs."

After their Italian challenge Warriors will host Cardiff before travelling to Saracens in the Heineken Champions Cup. Warriors will also be keen for a confidence booster after back-to-back defeats to Edinburgh.

"It is coming thick and fast for us at the moment, but that is what professional rugby is and we are playing in two of the best competitions in the world at the moment in the PRO14 and the Champions Cup," he added.

"I don't think it is giving them enough credit, that just because we have lost a couple (against Edinburgh) it is a bigger game. They are a quality side as you have seen from watching them and the results they have had over the last 18 months.

"The way they have played, they deserve to be respected as a team themselves never mind whether we have won some or lost some leading into it.

"We know it will be a tough game and when you have lost a game you always want to bounce back with a win."

"Fair play to them they stuck to their game plan, but for us we are more frustrated about the things that didn't go well," said Swinson of the defeats to Edinburgh.

"We weren't beaten by a team that were exceptional, they were just doing exactly what they were supposed to do in the right way.

"Set-piece is something that we will look at during the week and really try and improve on.

"It is a situation where we have got a few guys switching in and out and I know that is not really an excuse, but again we have got to get better at that.

"That is our job to fix things, you go through it all the time. You get patches where you can't do anything right and then magically the next week you can do everything right and you don't know what the worry was all about, but that is rugby.

"The scrum seems a bit of an art where nobody has a clue what is going on. It didn't go our way, but we definitely have guys who know what they are talking about in front of me. I just put my head in there and push and hopefully we'll get some answers after a tough day at the office."