Danny Wilson promises more from Glasgow Warriors

Date published: December 18 2021 - Planet Rugby

Glasgow Warriors coach Danny Wilson was delighted with his players’ performance in their 22-7 Champions Cup win against Exeter Chiefs at Scotstoun but promised they have still not reached their full potential.

For the hosts, Johnny Matthews scored a late try which Duncan Weir converted, after Ross Thompson added five penalties, while Sam Simmonds crossed for Exeter’s only try and his brother Joe added the extras.

Full of pride

“To win against a fully-loaded Exeter side in the manner we did stands as my proudest moment and as a group, our biggest achievement so far,” he said.

“But there’s a lot more to come. We need to get more consistent and do what we did tonight on demand.

“We have to play to our identity which is to play fast, but we also have to be able to be pragmatic.

“I’m really proud of the performance with the short turnaround.

“With the physicality of that game in France (against La Rochelle), to come back six days later and show even more physicality for long periods of this game was outstanding.

“This time last year our competition was a disaster so to get a bonus point away and a win today is massive.

“We had so many opportunities that we didn’t finish, such as that driving lineout at the end of the first half. But we showed real character when it got to 12-7 and we went down the other end and scored a driving line-out and finished the game off.

“So I’m really pleased that we won that game comfortably and were pretty dominant – but there was more we could have done.”

Meanwhile, Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter said he had no complaints about the result.

“Games in the Heineken Cup are tough, they challenge you in different ways and I thought we did well to stay in the fight for large parts of the game – but that’s what it felt like, that we were fighting to stick in there,” he said.

“The stats will show that we just could not keep hold of the ball. We lost it in a variety of ways, some of it very easily and some of it down to good play by Glasgow.

“It feels like today is a little bit of a blip on what I hope is still an upward curve.

“We’re a long way from dead in this competition, we’re a long way from dead in the Premiership, there is still a lot of exciting rugby left for us to play and that’s what we have to get on with.

“We’ve got our break week now which is probably the right time for us, then we go into our home game against Bristol, which will be a challenge for us.

“But our new stadium will be open and there will be a lot of reasons for us to be fresh and enthusiastic for that fixture.”

Lots of work-ons for Ulster despite bonus-point win

Meanwhile, Ulster head coach Dan McFarland has demanded more from his team despite registering a second Champions Cup win, this time over Northampton on Friday.

Scores from Rob Herring, Ethan McIlroy and Craig Gilroy plus a penalty try helped Ulster into a 27-12 buffer on the hour mark before their performance dipped.

Alex Mitchell and Courtnall Skosan went over for Saints as the game ended at 27-22 in favour of the hosts, with Northampton suffering back-to-back pool losses.