Townsend praises charges after win

Date published: September 7 2014

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Glasgow boss Gregor Townsend couldn't hide his delight after his side claimed a 22-20 win over Leinster at Scotstoun on Saturday.

Glasgow boss Gregor Townsend couldn't hide his delight after his side claimed a 22-20 victory over Leinster at Scotstoun on Saturday.

Tries from Peter Horne, Jonny Gray and Josh Strauss gave the Warriors a 19-0 lead but Leinster fought back with penalties from Ian Madigan and Jimmy Gopperth before tries from Jack McGrath and Tom Denton gave the champions the lead.

But Stuart Hogg slotted last-gasp penalty to secure Glasgow's victory and Townsend admitted he couldn't have asked for a better start.

“It was a great win, we were playing against the champions and to get any win against them is obviously a massive boost for us,” he said.

“There was a drop-off in the second half but I was really pleased with our intent to start the game.

“We looked sharp, played real high tempo rugby and came close to scoring more than 20 points in that first half.

“The second half didn't flow for both teams – there was a strong wind and we didn't deal with it that well.

“We did drop-off in that last ten to 15 minutes but I'm delighted with the effort at the end and the character to come back and win was excellent.

“There were some nicely worked tries in that first half and I thought the support play was really good.

“I thought our forwards and backs combined well and it was great to see us scoring three tries.

“We want to play that fast, exciting brand of rugby and Leinster want to play the same way and when they get their game going it becomes a great game.”

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