Friday 24 March 2017

Glasgow boss Townsend: 'It seemed like we were playing with 15 against 25,000 today'

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend
Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend

Cian Tracey in Thomond Park

Gregor Townsend hailed the spirit that Munster conjured up today to pay tribute to the late Anthony Foley.

The Glasgow coach watched his side be dismantled by an inspired Munster outfit who from the kick off never liked like losing on an very emotional afternoon in Thomond Park.

While he was naturally disappointed about his own side’s lacklustre performance, the former Scotland international was full of admiration for the way that Munster played and how the crowd made it such a special occasion.

“It’s disappointing that only one team turned up today,” Townsend admitted.

“I have to say, it was a great occasion and a great tribute for Anthony Foley. The way the whole build up to the game was. The way Munster played as well.

“I’m obviously very disappointed from the perspective of how my team played and also the way that we didn’t show the reaction in the second half that was required.

“It’s Champions Cup and we know every game is difficult. This was really difficult today but we’ve missed not picking up any points today and we’ve given one of our rivals five points. It will be tougher now.”

Despite playing for over an hour with an extra man after Keith Earls was sent off, Townsend conceded that it was Munster’s day.

At a sold out Thomond Park, the atmosphere was up there with the most special that the old ground has seen and Townsend had no complaints about the end result.

“Munster started very well and they never stopped,” he said.

“Maybe neutrals or some of our players thought we would have an advantage playing against 14 but it never looked like we were playing against 14.

“It seemed like we were playing against 15 and 25,000 today. Munster were better in every aspect of the game.

“The more important aspect of any performance is effort and they put in much more effort than we did. It didn’t look like us out there at times.”

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