Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Rugby

Townsend calls for improved display

Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend has called for a far more clinical display from his side when they face Cardiff in the second part of their Heineken Cup double-header.

The Warriors dropped to the bottom of Pool Two with a 29-20 defeat in Wales last weekend after losing possession at crucial times and conceding too many penalties.

Fijian second-row Leone Nakarawa has been handed his first start for the club for Friday night's Scotstoun meeting after claiming a late try at Cardiff Arms Park, while the fit-again Ryan Wilson makes his first start of the season at number eight.

Townsend said: "As a group we were frustrated by the nature of our defeat in Cardiff last week, as we gave up a number of scoring chances.

"We undid so much of our good work primarily by allowing Cardiff to disrupt the ruck area. We pride ourselves on being tough to beat through our defence and being aggressive in contact, but we fell short of the required standards last Friday night.

"Despite having so much possession and territory in the first half, we were unable to translate that into points and that is something we've worked hard to improve this week.

"We can still progress in this tournament and a huge positive for us is that we have an early opportunity to make amends for last week's defeat.

"Cardiff Blues are a quality side and played tough rugby for 80 minutes, so we know we'll face a very difficult game.

"But it looks like we'll have a big home crowd behind us and I'm confident that those selected will be full of determination and focus to make our supporters proud."

Tommy Seymour returns from injury in place of DTH van der Merwe on the left wing while Byron McGuigan comes in for Gabriel Ascarate at outside centre and Ruaridh Jackson replaces Duncan Weir at fly-half.

Pat MacArthur, Jon Welsh and Tyrone Holmes come into the pack along with Wilson and Nakarawa.


From Belfast Telegraph