Glasgow Warriors’ reward for reaching the quarter-finals of the European Rugby Champions Cup for the first time is defending champions Saracens – “the best team in Europe in the last two years” according to head coach Gregor Townsend.
Glasgow Warriors cruised into the quarter-finals of the European Rugby Champions Cup with six tries in a record humiliation of two-time champions Leicester Tigers at their famous Welford Road ground.
Gregor Townsend dismissed the distraction of Conor Murray’s complaints of Glasgow’s tactics and stressed the Warriors entire focus is on qualifying for the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finals with a historic win at Leicester.
Chris Fusaro admits that Glasgow are “a bit desperate” to reach their goal of the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finals but will remain composed about the job tomorrow night at Leicester.
Fewer than 800 tickets remain for Edinburgh’s long-awaited return to Myreside with a European Challenge Cup quarter-final at their “new” home the carrot tonight.
Outgoing Scotland head coach Vern Cotter admits the team face a “brutal” RBS Six Nations as he shuffles a squad missing key men and with others desperately short on games.
Scotland prop WP Nel is in doubt for the RBS Six Nations despite having just had three months rest and could be pulled out of the squad named by head coach Vern Cotter at Murrayfield this morning.
Glasgow assistant coach Matt Taylor thinks the Warriors’ defensive performance was ten per cent off against Munster last week – with even skipper Jonny Gray missing a tackle - and will need to be near perfect if they are to get the win over Leicester they need for a European Cup quarter-final place.
In the end, after the crushing disappointment of the biggest game of their season, Glasgow Warriors have another one of that calibre at Welford Road in Leicester on Saturday.
A controversial yellow card against Glasgow’s Stuart Hogg late in the game allowed Munster to snatch victory and in all probability top place in Pool One of the European Champions Cup at Scotstoun.