Townsend lauds Scottish rugby progression

Date published: January 22 2017

Glasgow Warriors coach Gregor Townsend has lauded a great weekend for Scottish rugby after both Glasgow and Edinburgh produced incredible performances.

The Warriors clobbered the Leicester Tigers at Welford Road 43-0 to get into the European quarter-final while Edinburgh had an impressive victory with a 49-3 win over the Timisoara Saracens.

The Glasgow boss says that Scottish rugby have played themselves into a purple-patch and are growing steadily.

"It’s a great end to the chapter, from where Scottish rugby started in professional rugby and where it is today," Townsend told the Herald Scotland

"Twenty years ago, Glasgow were losing by 80 points. Ten years ago there wasn’t that much hope in the future of pro rugby, with one of the teams closing down and the other two not doing well. Now we’ve got a situation where we’ve had a huge number of fans down here and the team winning.

"Edinburgh got a great crowd last night, so it’s been a brilliant weekend. A weekend we’ll all remember.

"Leicester are a very good team, but the way we started and got that first try would have affected their confidence, and it gave us huge confidence that if we were accurate and worked really hard, there could be space there. That was one of our best-ever performances and it got its rewards in the end, when the players’ desire to win meant we managed to keep going for the 80 minutes."