Townsend staying positive despite tough start for Glasgow

Guinness PRO12 Editor

13 Sep 2012



Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend insists his side head into their clash away to defending RaboDirect PRO12 champions Ospreys full of confidence despite a difficult start to the season.

Townsend, in his first season at the helm of the Warriors, has seen his side lose their opening two RaboDirect PRO12 matches to Ulster and the Scarlets despite plenty of pre-season optimism, following last year’s fourth-place finish and the move to the Scotstoun Stadium.

Ospreys have also endured a start to their campaign to forget – going down away to Treviso on the opening day of the season before being edged out by Ulster at the Liberty Stadium last weekend.

And while Townsend is only too aware of the challenge his side face, he is convinced they can get back to winning ways.

“We're clearly disappointed to have lost our opening two matches, and there's a determination about the whole group to achieve a win this weekend,” said Townsend.

“To do that away from home against a quality outfit like Ospreys, we know our performance will need to be spot on in all the key areas.

“In both the Ulster and Scarlets matches, we've done certain things very well, but haven't been as accurate as we know we can be in other facets of the game.

“Ospreys have one of the most aggressive defensive lines in the competition, and they bring the same principles to the breakdown.

“We know our players are more than capable of matching that sort of relentlessness, and we're heading to Swansea with confidence.”