Heineken Cup Pool 2: Townsend pleased with Glasgow fightback

Last updated: 14th October 2013  

Heineken Cup Pool 2: Townsend pleased with Glasgow fightback

Gregor Townsend: Pleased with players after first-half shocker

To get a bonus point was a huge effort from the boys and I'm very proud of them.

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Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend was proud of his side's comeback in their 51-28 defeat at Toulon in their opening Heineken Cup match.

Glasgow looked dead and buried at half-time at the Stade Felix Mayol after star-studded Toulon raced into a 34-0 lead on the back of tries from France centre Maxime Mermoz (two), Delon Armitage and Chris Masoe.

However, the visitors battled back superbly after the interval and ran in four tries of their own in 22 minutes to find themselves within 13 points of their opponents with 20 minutes to go, before Toulon secured victory late on.

"Our goal today was to show who we were," he said. "We did that in the second half. It wasn't us in the first. And if you stand off a good team like Toulon, that's what happens to you.

"To get a bonus point was a huge effort from the boys and I'm very proud of them. With 10 minutes to go, if a few passes had stuck, we could have been close to winning."

The former Scotland and Lions back felt his team might have been affected by the occasion early on, which allowed Toulon to get off to their flier.

He said: "The first half is difficult to explain, the whole excitement got to us as a group, the atmosphere... we forgot to focus on doing our individual tasks.

"And if you don't slow down a team like Toulon, they're going to cut you apart. They played some great rugby.

"I wouldn't have signed for a bonus point before the game, but I would have at half-time. We approach every game with the belief that if we play our best, we can be a match for anyone. We didn't take a shot at goal in the whole game.

"The guys really performed well, the subs that came on were fantastic. That helped put Toulon under pressure, and the tries we scored were cracking tries."

You can watch the Heineken Cup live on Sky Sports - the second round of pool games begins this Friday with Saracens v Toulouse on Sky Sports 1HD at 7.30pm.

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