Gregor Townsend continues to be surprised by Glasgow Warriors

Glasgow's Stuart Hogg celebrates at the final whistle against Ulster
Glasgow's Stuart Hogg celebrates at the final whistle against Ulster

Glasgow head coach, Gregor Townsend hailed his side’s character as they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Ulster in the PRO12 semi-finals.

DTH van der Merwe’s 75th minute try and Finn Russell’s touchline conversion nudged the Glasgow side into a 16-14 lead after they had trailed Ulster for most the game.

Townsend, who guided the side to last year’s PRO12 final only to lose in Dublin to Leinster, will bring his side over to Ireland again this weekend and a final against Munster at The Kingspan Stadium, in Belfast.

Townsend said: “Ulster played really well in the first half they were certainly the better team and were unlucky not to be further ahead.

“In the second half we had most of the possession but we weren’t doing that much with it.

“We were starting to get into the game and two points behind with a bit of momentum I thought we could win.

“But five points behind is a big margin in a tight game but this team never stop surprising me and they pulled something out of the bag which was great to see.

“To score in the corner I was thinking extra time and I didn’t know how many bodies we would have had for extra time, all credit to Finn Russell that was a great match winning kick.”

He added: “It was good emotions at the end, we were struggling to get ahead of Ulster and I though they played very well.

“We made a few errors and couldn’t get a hold of the ball but the character and effort that went in and the challenges the players overcame makes me very proud and the supporters very proud and we have another week in this competition.

“We have had the experience of playing in a final and that should help us out and it will definitely help me as a coach, that was my first final last year.”