Racing 92 battle excites Townsend

Date published: November 9 2015

Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend is looking for an improvement from his side when they start their European campaign against Racing 92.

Despite picking up a bonus-point win over Cardiff Blues over the weekend that moved them sixth in the PRO12 table, the Warriors have lost three games.

That has left Townsend keen to find another gear when they start the pools against the Paris side, who lost heavily at Castres on Sunday in the Top 14.

"The scoreline goes down as a bonus-point win and ahead of the game we would certainly have taken that, but looking at the game we didn't play as well as we can," he told PRO12 website about their win at the Arms Park.

"There are a number of aspects we need to improve and there will be a lot of coaching points that we can take out of that game and things we need to focus on during the week.

"We've shown glimpses of what we're capable of (this season) and what pleases me most is the effort which has gone in.

"We've been very close in every match and we've managed to win our last two with bonus points, but the three we lost we were in positions to win."

He added on the upcoming selection issues he has due to his strong squad: "When you look at the players on the pitch and those who weren't available you can see we have real competition for places within the squad.

"The competition is healthy and the players have really stepped up and now as coaches we need to select the team we believe is the right one to put Racing 92 under pressure and start Europe with a very good performance."