Townsend chuffed with famous Paris win

Date published: December 11 2016

Great defence was at the forefront of Glasgow’s impressive win over Racing 92 in the Champions Cup, says head coach Gregor Townsend.

The Warriors caused an upset with their 23-14 victory over Racing in Paris on Saturday as Finn Russell kicked 13 points to give his team the edge.

"It was great to see the players go out there and perform," Townsend told glasgowwarriors.org.

"We came here in this competition last year and missed an opportunity but yesterday we looked after the ball and took our chances. We were outstanding in defence at times, but also the way we defended specific Racing threats, the line-out for example.

"The defence of their drive was the best we’ve ever produced so credit must go to the players on the field but also Dan McFarland who puts in a lot of work in that area. The players’ defensive effort won that game."

Despite losing their last three games prior to this weekend, Townsend said he knew a turning point was just around the corner.

"The three losses were tough, but to play Scarlets, Ospreys and Munster in November when we’re missing players is a challenge," he said.

"The effort from the players has always been there, even in those defeats. The effort to keep going in the second-half against Ospreys despite being down to 14 and the effort to come back against Munster.

"That same effort got us the win yesterday. This is what these players are capable of, it was a great day."

Glasgow face Racing 92 again on Friday at Scotstoun and Townsend admitted getting another positive result would be a challenge.

"Playing them at home is going to be difficult, they’ll come with more knowledge of what we look to do, they’ll throw everything at it. They’re still very much in this competition.

"They’re a quality side and we’re going to have to make Scotstoun a really uncomfortable atmosphere for them, through the noise the supporters bring and the way we play."

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