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Gregor Townsend delighted with Glasgow Warriors' bonus-point win

Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend expressed his pleasure after his Warriors side secured a 43-6 bonus-point win over Scarlets to keep their hopes of qualifying for the European Champions Cup quarter-finals very much alive.

Townsend's men scored six tries but led only 10-3 at the break, with Duncan Weir responsible for all of the hosts' points in the first 40 minutes. Australia wing Taqele Naiyaravoro was the star of the second period with a hat-trick of tries while James Malcolm and Tim Swinson also touched down, with a penalty in either half from fly-half Steven Shingler all that Scarlets had to show for their trip to Scotland.

"Not only was it a satisfying win but it was a better game than I had anticipated in what were quite heavy conditions," Townsend said.

"We saw a very good first-half performance. The forwards had set the platform and we were knocking on the door several times. We came very close twice and Stuart Hogg dropped the ball on a certain intercept score - we could have had at least another 14 points."

Townsend was impressed by Naiyaravoro's try treble, and felt aggrieved that he had had a fourth ruled out.

"It was a pity that what was a world-class try from Taqele was chalked off in the first half by the TMO. Taqele is not just big and quick but moves quickly to both left and right," the Glasgow boss said.

With Scarlets now almost certainly unable to qualify, coach Wayne Pivac was naturally disappointed.

"We were still in it up to about the 50th-minute mark," he said.

"When down by 17-6 we had a chance that we were unable to finish off. Then we fell off too many tackles, and in the last half-hour they put us away."

Pivac also revealed that two of his players - who he did not name - had suffered concussions during the match.


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