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Townsend upbeat despite Leinster loss

Guinness PRO12 Editor

24 Nov 2012


Glasgow’s six-match unbeaten RaboDirect PRO12 run may have come to an end against Leinster on Friday but head coach Gregor Townsend still found reasons to cheer.

The Scotstoun clash was dominated by a downpour, resulting in incomplete attacks and a dour-sounding 6-0 victory for European champions Leinster.

Ian Madigan was the man who kicked both penalties for the Irish province, with the hosts’ chances reduced further when Tom Ryder was sin-binned in the first half.

The result leaves the Warriors still firmly in the RaboDirect PRO12 play-off places, and despite failing to break down a resolute Leinster defence Townsend was quick to draw on the positives.

“I thought we defended very well in the first half but we didn't capitalise on the pressure we had in the second,” he said.

“We dominated the territory in the second forty but found it difficult to string more than three phases of play together.

“We made some mistakes, whether of our own making or through the weather, but I thought it was a game we could have won.”