Rennie insists Warriors still in the hunt
Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie remains optimistic about his side’s chances of progressing to the Heineken Champions Cup knockout stages, following their 31-31 draw against Exeter Chiefs at Scotstoun this afternoon.
In front of a sold-out Scotstoun, the two sides were locked in an intense battle until the final whistle as both teams ran in four tries to claim a valuable try bonus-point.
“We are rapt with the attitude,” said Rennie.
“We showed plenty of courage and heart out there, but obviously a draw is a disappointing result for us.
“They are an extremely strong side and they hit us around the fringes. We needed to defend better there.
“I thought we played well and created a lot of opportunities, we just needed the ball to sit up – four tries were left out there if the ball had sat up. That would have made a big difference.”
Amongst the flurry of tries, Sam Johnson and the Warriors had a try disallowed in the 71st minute after a looping pass from Adam Hastings was deemed forward.
“It was tight,” admitted Rennie.
“They ruled on that but we will accept it.
“We felt a bit of frustration on how the scrums were refereed today – we felt like we put them under a lot of pressure and we didn’t get rewarded for that.”
One of the game’s standout performers was Warriors fly-half Hastings, whose consistent boot and expert play-making skills earned him his second Heineken Champions Cup Man of the Match award this season.
“He was pretty solid today,” smiled the Glasgow boss.
“He needed to be a little bit more patient with the drop-goal, playing against the wind. We maybe should have built some phases and then go for the drop goal.
“We played a lot of good footy this afternoon, though, and there are a lot of positives to take.”