Townsend praises Glasgow's resilience

Date published: September 22 2014

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The resilience shown by Glasgow during the second half of their win over the Dragons is a positive sign for the rest of their campaign.

The resilience shown by Glasgow during the second half of their win over the Dragons is a positive sign for the rest of their campaign.

That is the word from Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend after his side played with 14 men, for most of the second half, when flanker Tyrone Holmes was sent off for serious foul play.

The Warriors held their composure and and went on to register a deserved 33-13 victory at Rodney Parade.

Three second half tries – from Josh Strauss, Tommy Seymour and Tim Swinson -after Alex Dunbar's first half five-pointer secured the Warriors a four-try bonus point and their third successive win.

Townsend admitted he couldn't have asked for a better response from his charges after Holmes' dismissal.

“It shows the character within the squad,” he said.

“It was a really good win. To get a bonus point with 15 men would be an achievement, to do it with 14 was fantastic.

“I always felt that if we got our game going, managed to get it past five or six phases, then gaps would open up.

“The Dragons are a really tough team to play, but we were making smart decisions to kick in behind and were putting on real pressure.

“The scrum improved as the game went on and the bench came on and made a difference.

“We had some excellent individual performances, the second rows looked fitter and fitter as the game went on, the back three were dangerous and Alex Dunbar was awarded man of the match.”

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