Townsend hails in-form Warriors

Date published: April 27 2015

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend was delighted with his side's bonus-point win over Connacht at the Sportsground on Saturday.

The 31-13 result means Townsend's team have now guaranteed a play-off place for the fourth successive season, with two PRO12 rounds still to play.

Despite tough spells in Galway, the Warriors were in good form over the weekend and joined Munster, Ulster and Ospreys in picking up a victory.

"We were very pleased with the win and we had worked very hard pre-match on Connacht as we knew they would pose us a strong challenge," head coach Townsend told the Scottish club's official website after the away triumph.

"We made things difficult for ourselves at times, especially in terms of discipline as at one stage it was 9-1 in the penalty count and that's nowhere near good enough at this level.

"As a result we had to defend in our half for a lot of the game and with 14 men on two occasions, but credit must go to the players for getting us through those periods of adversity.

"We probably led against the run of play in the first half as Connacht had controlled most of it.

"The last 20 minutes we worked really hard though and I believe we deserved the win. We are delighted that it became a bonus point win."

Townsend added that his sights are now set on securing a home semi-final, with games against the Ospreys and Ulster their regular season run-in.

"I'd like to congratulate the players on the fantastic effort to reach their fourth semi-final in a row," he said.

"To show consistency of being at the top four is difficult and the work the players have put in throughout the season is superb.

"It's a real squad effort and the next priority is to finish as high up the table as possible.

"A home semi-final would be amazing as it was a great event when we reached that stage last year and played Munster.

"I believe we have to win one more game, possibly two, depending on how other results go. We now have two weeks to prepare for the next challenge, which will be against the Ospreys."