Johnson says Warriors are in Europe to win it and have serious depth
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
HUNT FOR SILVERWARE: Sam Johnson.