Glasgow in huge momentum swing following wins over Irish provinces

Warriors' Tommy Seymour goes over for a try' against Ulster
Warriors' Tommy Seymour goes over for a try' against Ulster

Gregor Townsend believes momentum is well and truly with his Glasgow Warriors side after they defeated Ulster to make it five straight PRO12 victories and increase their play-off credentials.

Since narrowly losing to reigning PRO12 champions Leinster at the start of March, the Warriors have been on a charge up the table, with the 27-9 win over Ulster moving them up to third.

Sean Maitland’s try on the stroke of half-time had edged them into a 10-9 half-time lead before further scores from Tommy Seymour and man of the match Mark Bennett, coupled with 12 points from fly-half Finn Russell, confirmed victory.

It was a second-half performance which had Townsend purring with satisfaction and with a home game against rivals Edinburgh next up, the head coach insists his side are shaping up nicely.

“We’ve built up a bit of momentum now and tonight’s victory was another important one for the club,” he told their official website.

“The key game for us was probably the Leinster game about six weeks ago when we scored three tries over at the RDS.

“We played some really good rugby that night and almost came away with a win and since then we’ve won every game.

“I thought our attack was probably better last week in Munster but it was great to see the decisions the players were making like the decision of Finn Russell to switch with Mark Bennett for the try.

“We got more into the game in the second-half and it was a really good performance, one of our best 40 minutes of the season.”

p Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons admitted his injury-hit side were caught out on their set-piece after they fell to an away defeat to Zebre.

The Italians were already 14-6 up at half-time thanks to Giovanbattista Venditti’s 16th minute try as Edinburgh failed to find a footing in the game.

And despite Edinburgh rallying briefly after the break through Matt Scott’s converted try to get them back within a point, Zebre came again through Filippo Cristiano and Kameli Ratuvou for a 26-13 win.

The Scots were not helped with injuries as flanker Roddy Grant hobbled off leaving centre Andries Strauss to take his place, while David Denton switched to the second row after Ollie Atkins went off.

And Solomons, whose side take on rivals Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun on Saturday, conceded the enforced changes had left his side short.

“We didn’t play well in the first half but made changes and in the second showed a lot of grit,” Solomons said.

“It was a gritty second half but our injury situation before and during the match made it very difficult for us and our set-piece got hammered. That is the way it is and we have to take it on the chin.”