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April 13, 2019

"Big moment" for Warriors

Posted by Editor on April 13, 2019 07:26 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Dave Rennie
Glasgow head coach Dave Rennie says his side's win over Leinster was a "big moment" in their season.

The 39-24 win was Glasgow's first over the defending champions in Dublin since 2011.

It moved Warriors back ahead of Munster at the top of PRO14 Conference A, and a win against Edinburgh next will secure a home semi-final.

"This time last year we limped into the play-offs - we had a massive lead," Rennie told BBC Scotland.

"I wasn't that upset seeing Munster get home (by beating Benetton) Friday night because it kept the pressure on us. I think it brought the best out in us.

"We're aware of what it's going to take to win a title. So we've got three big games left hopefully."

Warriors led 18-12 at the break, with tries from Sam Johnson and Tommy Seymour cancelling out scores from Rob and Dave Kearney.

Both Kearney brothers crossed again to put Leinster in control, but Glasgow's own set of brothers, Matt and Zander Fagerson, responded with tries and George Horne sealed the win.

It was Glasgow's second impressive performance in a week, having overcome Ulster 30-7 last weekend, on the back of a disappointing Champions Cup exit at the hands of Saracens.

They were they were forced to make 307 tackles against Leinster, and Rennie was pleased with his side's resilience.

"We were pretty embarrassed by the Saracens performance, especially defensively," the New Zealander said. "So a couple of big Irish sides who carry hard has been a good test for us, and it's about attitude."

Edinburgh on April 27 are all that stand in Glasgow's way in their bid to secure a home-semi final, but Richard Cockerill's men have already got the better of them twice this season.

"They're the type of team that can choke you," said Rennie. "They don't play an enormous amount of footy but they defend very well and they've got a good kicking game. We know what's coming."

Securing a home semi could result in the Warriors having Nick Grigg and DTH van der Merwe available for the play-off run. Ryan Wilson is targeting a comeback in the Edinburgh game and Callum Gibbins will be available for that fixture as well.