Glasgow can still make an impact in Europe

Glasgow Warriors are eight points off the pace in Pool 6 – but they can still have a major say in the qualification process for main challengers defending champions Toulouse and former double Heineken Cup winners London Wasps.

The Warriors face Toulouse at Stade Ernest Wallon on Saturday with talented young outside half Ruaridh Jackson adamant they still have plenty to play for. “There is no doubt that it is going to be a tough week’s training,” he said. “Hopefully we can get some good sessions in and I think the set pieces will be right up there with the things we’ll be working on.

“Unfortunately I missed the game two years ago through injury so never got out there. It’ll be a new stadium and new surroundings for me on Saturday and a game I’m very much looking forward to. “Hopefully we can play a bit of rugby out there, show what we can do, and maybe sneak another result like we did two years ago.

“We are a young team and we’re learning all the time but as a side we set our goals and one of them was that we want to be winning these types of games. However, there is no doubt that we’ll learn a lot from these games and that can only stand us in good stead as long as we make sure we take these points onboard.

“In some respects playing them back to back in a week is a bit better because you’ve got just a week to right some wrongs. We’ll be hurting from this week and hopefully we can take some of those feelings into next week and give them a good fight.

“Their whole team is full of internationals and they play at such intensity and with such skill that it’s probably as close to international rugby as you can get in the club game – and what a midfield combo.

“I take a hell of a lot from that experience. They’re all great players and the way Skrela controlled the game and his decision-making was spot on.

“There was a fairly deflated feeling in the changing room and we were mightily disappointed. In the first half we couldn’t really get anything going, they had all the ball and they thrive off that. To their credit, they played very well in that first half and we couldn’t live with them.
“It is all about challenging yourself against the best teams and best players and they’re a star studded side. We’ll look at the video, look at the positives and try and go into the return game as positive as possible.

“We showed in the second half when we had a little bit of ball that we looked pretty dangerous but we have to nail those opportunities and get points when we’re in the red zone.

“We knew we would have to score some points to beat a team like Toulouse and Sean (Lineen) gave us the responsibility to go out and attack. I thought when we did get the ball we did throw it about, we backed our skills and that’s the kind of rugby I and Glasgow want to be involved in.

“In the first half we just shot ourselves in the foot. We couldn’t get any good set piece ball, which was a shame, because when we had the ball we did look dangerous but we have to make sure we’ve more ball to play with.

“These are the games you want to be playing and, while playing second fiddle the last couple of seasons to Dan (Parks), I’ve tried to learn as much as possible from him. Hopefully, I can take those things into matches. I am trying to take in as much as I can, keep learning, keep progressing and keep starting games.”

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