Euro progress beckons for Glasgow and Edinburgh
● Capital side can help Warriors reach quarters
Glasgow coach Dave Rennie would welcome a bit of help from “our mates down the road” but says his side will head to Saracens on Saturday looking to win and take top spot in Heineken Champions Cup Pool 3 after yesterday’s 33-24 victory over Cardiff Blues at Scotstoun.
If Edinburgh beat Montpellier on Friday evening at BT Murrayfield to seal Pool 5, then Scotland will have two quarter-finalists in Europe’s elite competition for the first time even before a ball is kicked at Allianz Park the following day when Glasgow line up against the English giants.
The Warriors boss will approach the week with the mindset that points still need to be added to the total of 19 they currently have – the same as Edinburgh following their famous win in Toulon.
“It’s another couple of rungs up, isn’t it?” said Rennie of the Saracens showdown.
“You’ve got to defend really well against them, so we’ll need the same sort of intensity that we played with a few months back, and be a little bit more clinical with ball in hand than we were that day [the 13-3 home loss in October]. We’ve got it in us, we’re looking forward to it.
“We know it’s a bit of a logjam with Ulster winning [on Saturday]. We think we’ll need more points next weekend.
“Our mates down the road could do us a favour if they win on Friday night, but we’ve got to go with the mindset that we need to win. Try and win the pool and so on. I think if we prepare that way, we’ll front well. It’s not a bad thing that we still think that we need
0 A jubilant George Horne scored Glasgow’s fifth and final try in yesterday’s Champions Cup win over Cardiff Blues.
DAVE RENNIE “Our mates down the road could do us a favour if they win on Friday night but we’ll try and win the pool”