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Johnson savours Toulouse victory

Toulouse prop Census Johnson was relieved to lay the ghost of defeat at Glasgow two years ago as the French side triumphed 28-16 at Firhill in Heineken Cup Pool Six.

First-half tries from centres Florian Fritz and Yannick Jauzion and winger Cedric Heymans set them on their way to a comfortable victory despite a lacklustre showing after the interval.

And Samoan tighthead Johnson said: "In our build-up, a lot of emphasis had been placed on that win, so we go home pleased to have a victory."

He acknowledged it was disappointing not to have got a fourth try and a bonus point in the second half, but said: "Glasgow have to take some credit. They played really well and forced us into errors. At times we tried to play too much, aiming to score off first phase. That will be have to be sorted for next week.

"Undoubtedly we will have to be focused for Glasgow but we are at home where we haven't played for some time and we will have a full house behind us."

Glasgow had contributed to an exciting first half, with an outstanding try from winger Federico Aramburu converted by Rhuari Jackson, who also landed three penalties.

Home coach Sean Lineen admitted: "At European level you need to get your set-piece right - we were destroyed there. Our performance at the scrum killed the game. Toulouse stretch you. The way they off-load and counter-attack shows what a quality team they are."

Lineen felt that his own players had shown spirit, picking out forwards Richie Gray and John Barclay and backs Max Evans, Graeme Morrison and DTH van der Merwe.

However he commented: "The try showed what we can do if we get the ball, we didn't have enough of it. We also failed to be aggressive enough in defence.

"The good thing is that we play them again right away. We know the areas that we need to improve and we will work on them. We'll go over there and go for it!"

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