Warriors want to prove a point

Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:50
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It is all about pride and proving what they are capable of for Glasgow Warriors when they take on Castres at Stade Pierre Antoine on Sunday.

It is all about pride and proving what they are capable of for Glasgow Warriors when they take on Castres in Sunday's showdown at Stade Pierre Antoine.

The 9-6 home defeat suffered by the Warriors in Round Three left the Scottish club rooted to the bottom of Pool Four with just a single losing bonus point to show from their opening three contests with Castres up in second spot behind runaway leaders Ulster.

"It is all about providing a response to our defeat last Friday which was our poorest display - certainly in terms of accuracy - of my time at Glasgow," said head coach Gregor Townsend.

"Obviously the European Cup campaign has not gone as we would have wanted. We started so brightly at Northampton and put ourselves in a great position to get a famous win, but were unable to see that one out and then lost a tight game in atrocious conditions to Ulster at home.

"Although that put us on the back foot we had the chance in the first tie with Castres to give ourselves a foothold but we did not take it and that was hugely disappointing.

"Of one thing there is no doubt and that is that Castres will be greatly improved from the team that edged us and we must make sure that improvement is matched by our own.

"I know that Glasgow have had some very big results in France in recent seasons like the famous win at Toulouse and these are ties that we can and must take inspiration from.

"This Sunday is all about Glasgow Warriors showing exactly what we are capable of."

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