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Gregor Townsend hard on himself despite Glasgow's bonus-point win over Leicester

Published 14/10/2016

Mark Bennett sprinted clear in the 69th minute to seal a bonus point for Warriors
Mark Bennett sprinted clear in the 69th minute to seal a bonus point for Warriors

Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend hailed his players following their memorable 42-13 victory over Leicester but claimed he still had much coaching to do after being made to wait for their bonus point.

Warriors blew their English visitors away with three tries in eight first-half minutes in their opening European Champions Cup game as Leonardo Sarto, Fraser Brown and Henry Pyrgos put the home side firmly in control following Adam Thompstone's early try.

Mark Bennett and Sarto scored breakaway tries in the final 11 minutes of a second half in which Leicester failed to register a point, but Townsend was still disappointed it took so long to capitalise after visiting replacement Logovi'i Mulipola received the game's third yellow card.

The future Scotland head coach said: "Parts of the performance were outstanding, the forward pack in particular: the way they scrummed, the way they carried the ball, the way they defended the lineout drive. We drove well ourselves, we got penalties and our scrummage up against a very big pack was outstanding.

"The occasion was brilliant, the supporters were great. It was a brilliant night for our wingers and for Zander (Fagerson) to go up against two very good loosehead props, he was really controlled and strong.

"It was great to see the players play well but there's a bit of work to do and it's mainly my coaching because there were a few attack plays that didn't work well."

The match exploded into life in the 14th minute when Leicester debutant Matt Toomua was sin-binned for a tip tackle on Finn Russell, but Tigers soon took the lead and Glasgow temporarily lost Ryan Wilson before their try spree began.

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: "The first 15 minutes were all right and then we went downhill rapidly.

"We started well against a stiff breeze, controlled the game well, our tactics were good, even with Matt Toomua in the bin. Then we made silly errors and invited Glasgow into the game, they are very good on the front foot and they played very well and they punished us.

"We couldn't cope when they had quick ball and quick recycle."

Cockerill had expressed his dislike for artificial pitches during the week but refused to use the new Scotstoun surface as an excuse.

"I don't like artificial pitches, that's my personal view," he said. "That's got nothing to do with what happened tonight. Purely to do with us."

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