Toony targets Castres for quick redemption

RAGING Gregor Townsend today warned his Glasgow side there can be no repeat of the disastrous 31-3 thumping they suffered at the hands of Munster.

Loading Comments

Warriors host French cracks Castres, on Friday night at Scotstoun in a Heineken Cup tie that is a must win affair if their European hopes are not to be ended before Christmas.

But with Saturday's Thomond Park thrashing being Glasgow's heaviest defeat of the season– and also seeing Warriors drop out of the PRO12 play-off placings for the first time since the opening fortnight of this campaign – Townsend has warned his men that a massive improvement is a must.

The Warriors head coach said: "I was very angry and very disappointed with our performance on Saturday.

"Without doubt, it was our worst performance of the season since I have taken over and the boys know that there can be no repeat.

"I have challenged them to show that this was a blip and the only way to do that is by beating Castres on Friday night.

"That was our poorest performance of the season by a distance. We dropped off tackles and we stepped off Munster.

"We said before we came to Ireland that we had to make sure we put pressure on them but we did the opposite.

"So it is vital that we make sure we use this as motivation to get back to a far higher level of performance and show that we're the kind of side who belongs alongside the best teams in the competition."

A minor plus for Townsend was that Duncan Weir returned to the fray and it was from his boot that Glasgow earned their three points.

While Moray Low had to call off before kick-off with a bug, Glasgow came through their harrowing defeat at the hands of the Munster men without any further injuries.

Friday night's visit of Castres is the first leg of a home and away double-header that Warriors must take full points from if they are to resurrect their Pool Four hopes.

But with Saturday's defeat representing the first time Glasgow have suffered back-to-back setbacks since the opening two games of the season, Townsend is facing a major challenge to galvanise his men.

He added: "We know exactly what we have to do against Castres and it is a huge plus that the first game of the two is at Scotstoun.

"I am sure that with a big home crowd behind us we can get the win we need that will set us up nicely for the return leg in France on December 15.

"The boys know that they let themselves down at Thomond and they must show character to bounce back from that."

"So we need to make sure we have a focused and solid week in training and that we do everything we can to make sure that on Friday night we are in the best possible shape. We need to produce a performance."


Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.


Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email
A weekly round up of social highlights

A weekly round up of social highlights

Cat's Eyes on Glasgow

Chilling in Glasgow's first Ice Bar and getting Mhor than I bargained for




Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Columnist Michelle McManus is Sussed in the City, and loves to chat about anything and everything.

Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

My thoughts after Police Scotland are ordered to apologise over IRA interrogation techniques slur.

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.