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Tim Swinson backs Finn Russell to bounce back from costly error

Tim Swinson believes Glasgow colleague Finn Russell will not let the mistake which cost Warriors victory against Munster put him off masterminding their charge for the Champions Cup knockout rounds.

Glasgow were left looking for a late piece of magic after falling behind 14-12 at Scotstoun on Saturday night.

But stand-off Russell gambled on a risky chip and charge instead of taking the safer option of a drop-goal.

The decision proved to be the wrong one as the men from Limerick covered up and grabbed the win which sees them through to the quarter-finals as Pool 1 winners.

Gregor Townsend's side, however, are guaranteed to finish second after Leicester slumped to defeat against Racing 92 in Paris.

However, with only three of the five runners-up qualifying, the Scots will likely have to grab a bonus-point win away to the Tigers next Saturday in their decisive final pool match.

Russell will again have a vital role to play but lock Swinson is confident the playmaker will have forgotten all about his costly blunder by the time they run out at Welford Road.

He said: "Finn is one of the most chilled out guys I've ever met.

"I don't think I've ever seen anything faze him. He is a fantastic guy to have around.

"He can be a little bit frustrating at times but he is a real mercurial person and brilliant to play with. It's nice to know what he's going to do some of the time.

"He is disappointed because he expects such high standards of himself. We trust him to make decisions. He made the wrong one this time but that's the way it is.

"We'll stick together as a group. Hindsight is fantastic and sitting here after the game, we can easily say it would have been great to have taken the drop-goal.

"But it would have been great if we'd scored a try or done something else to get the win.

"It's more a question of what can we do to be better than pointing the finger. That's what a good team does and it's what we've been doing the last few years."

Aaron Mauger's side may be out of the competition but they are still likely to place a sizeable hurdle in Warriors' path.

Leicester have suffered just one European loss at home in the last 10 years but Swinson insists Glasgow are determined to make history by claiming a place in the last eight for the first time.

"We're going down to Welford Road and we always wanted to win that game," said the Scotland forward. "Now it means we probably have to do it instead of just wanting to.

"I've played down there a couple of times and the atmosphere is immense with its 26,000 capacity, so we're looking forward to the game.

"Our main aim this year has been to make it to the quarter-finals. It's a fantastic carrot but we need to go down there and play our own game and not get overawed by the occasion.

"We know when we play to our capabilities we can beat any team in Europe. We showed that by beating Racing twice and Leicester when they came to our place. "


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