Warriors can use Leicester experience - Townsend
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 16:02
OWEN FARRELL believes that Saracens still have room for improvement as they get set to host Glasgow in the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup tomorrow (1pm).
Gregor Townsend, the Warriors' head coach, suggested after the game that the contact had been accidental, but a three-man disciplinary panel, meeting in Neath, upheld the referee's decision and banned the player until Monday, April 24.
"We have to be able to impose our game in the way that has been successful for us in both defence and attack", he said.
"It's been wonderful. We were blown away in the first PRO12 final (in 2014) when we had three or four thousand there in Dublin with is. We'll need that again this weekend".
"We were up against a team who had only lost one European game at home in the last 10 years". Now its 5500 officially and I'm sure a few others will get along there.
However, he warned his players none of them can afford an off-day if they are to shock a side who have gone 15 games in Europe without defeat.
The Warriors will confront an global team-mate in Saracens wing Sean Maitland, a former Glasgow player, with three other current or former Scotland operators - lock Jim Hamilton, plus replacements Kelly Brown and Duncan Taylor - also in the home ranks. Should Saracens and Munster win, then the two teams will be off to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, given that there are no away teams in the draw, and Munster would prevail courtesy of their better seeding in the quarter-finals.
"If we can have the same sort of preparation we've just had and replicate what we showed in the last half an hour of Sunday's match, we'll be tough to beat". "We have talked about what they do and how we will respond to it".
"There are a lot of fix-ups and stuff we can do better". There is a defensive side and we've talked about how our defence can cause them problems.
"We are playing Saracens, not England", said the coach. I didn't really expect to get as much game time as I've had, but I'm really glad to be given the opportunities.
"We respect them very highly, so it's a brilliant challenge for us to go up against what's realistically the best team in Europe".
"We know the challenge that faces us".
"We have to make them have an off-day", he said. "What a brilliant occasion for Scottish rugby that makes it".
Subs: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Sila Puafisi, 19 Greg Peterson, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 Ali Price, 22 Nick Grigg, 23 Rory Hughes.