Glasgow Warriors coach Dave Rennie believes his side can click up another gear from the scintillating display of last weekend.

The Scottish outfit demolished Ulster 50-20 in the Guinness PRO14 semi final. That effort suggests that Warriors have struck top form at the right time.

But Rennie wants his men to improve on that showing when they meet Leinster in Saturday’s showdown for the silverware.

“I was really pleased with our attitude against Ulster because we really went out and expressed ourselves”, said Rennie. “We want to do the same in the final.”

But he was not completely satisfied and is demanding more against Leinster. The Dubliners bounced back from losing to Saracens in the Champions Cup final to beat Munster last week. And Rennie expects them to be typically robust opponents.

“We can still be a lot better than we were against Ulster. The scoreline obviously looked good, but Ulster are a lot better than that. They were probably a couple of cogs off where they would normally be”, added the New Zealander.

“We’ll be better for the hit-out because we hadn’t played in three weeks. I still think we can be better defensively, although we did actually defend well for big chunks.

“In attack, I thought we were pretty clinical. But I still believe we can generate quicker ball. We’re always striving to be better – and we know we’ll have to be against Leinster.”

The match will take place at the home of Glasgow Celtic, so Warriors should have a strong support. It will be Stuart Hogg’s final appearance for the club before moving to Exeter.

Warriors have reached the final on two previous occasions. They lost to Leinster in 2014 and beat Munster in 2015.


Written by Colin Renton