Gray hails Glasgow spirit

Date published: December 12 2016

Glasgow second-row Jonny Gray praised his team after their impressive 23-14 Champions Cup victory over Racing 92 in Paris on Saturday.

The win boosts Glasgow’s hopes of progressing from Pool 1 of the competition with their next game against the same opponent at Scotstoun Stadium.

Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, Gray revealed his delight after the Stade Yves-du-Manoir result and believes it was a defining moment in their season.

“It was such a team effort, from those playing to those off the pitch like the strength and conditioning guys and the supporters. The last few weeks have been tough, and when you’re not out there playing and you’re sat in the stand, you feel it too,” said the hard-working forward.

“Even when times are tough, we never go away from who we are as a team. It’s great to get that result and it is all down to the attitudes of those at the club – all the hard work paid off.”

Looking forward to this week’s fixture, Gray added: “We need to recover ahead of Friday. With the squad they have, we knew they were going to put us under a lot of stress at points throughout that game, and we need to look at what they did to put our set-piece under pressure.

“We’ll also look at our strengths from the game and work on them – I thought our backs linked up really well and our work-rate and desire in defence was outstanding.”

Gray admitted they don’t have much time to savour the win but knows what the Warriors achieved last Saturday was something special.

“It’s certainly one of the biggest wins I’ve been involved with whilst I’ve been here. It’s one for everyone associated with the club, especially the fans that made the trip out to Paris,” he said. “When you go through their squad and see the world-class names they can call upon, to win out there is very special.

“When we go out there, we feel like we’re playing for the entire city of Glasgow, and we’re looking forward to playing in front of our supporters again on Friday night.”

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