John­son says War­riors are in Europe to win it and have se­ri­ous depth

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GLAS­GOW cen­tre Sam John­son in­sists they are aim­ing to win the Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons Cup this sea­son. War­riors have made a scin­til­lat­ing start un­der the lead­er­ship of Dave Ren­nie and have won all six of their open­ing Guin­ness PRO14 games – and they travel to Ex­eter to­mor­row for their big­gest chal­lenge yet.

The new coach­ing staff and play­ers made it abun­dantly clear be­fore the start of the sea­son that noth­ing but win­ning the PRO14 would be a suc­cess, and John­son says they are ap­proach­ing Europe with the same mind­set. “You’ve got to be con­fi­dent, and you want to win it,” he said. “We play this game to win tro­phies, and it’s a first step this week­end to­wards that.

“We have to be con­fi­dent, we can’t just say ‘we’re play­ing well’ – we want to win it.

“We haven’t re­ally spo­ken about it, but the boys are talk­ing in the sheds and mo­rale is high.

“We just have to keep go­ing through the pro­cesses and play good footy.” He added: “This week­end will be a good test for us, won’t it? “Ex­eter were the Pre­mier­ship cham­pi­ons last sea­son and it will be a real test. We just have to go out there all guns blaz­ing and blow them off the park.” A change in men­tal­ity is not all Ren­nie has brought to Scot­stoun since ar­riv­ing in the sum­mer. Thir­teen se­nior play­ers were brought into the War­riors’ squad dur­ing the off­sea­son, and that depth leaves them in a po­si­tion to im­prove on a poor record in Europe – where they have only pro­gressed past the group stages once in the last 10 years.

When asked how well equipped the squad was ahead of the de­mands of the com­pe­ti­tion, John­son said: “Very well. Depth is a ma­jor thing that the coach is harp­ing on about this year.

“A cou­ple of good sign­ings here al­ready, and some more still to come, so that’s prob­a­bly the ma­jor dif­fer­ence this year, is the com­pe­ti­tion for places.”

We have to go out there all guns blaz­ing


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