Townsend credits players for win over Connacht

Warriors coach Gregor Townsend says their superior second-half performance ensured the 41-5 win over Connacht on the opening weekend of the PRO12 season.

Glasgow took five points from the game in an unexpected but deserving victory over the defending champions.

"It takes a lot of effort to win games against quality teams like Connacht so all credit to the players for the work they put in, not just during the game but also preparing for it during the week and through pre-season," Townsend told

"We lost our last two games and we lost them in Galway, so it would have been disappointing to have lost three-in-a-row at the same venue. The first-half was very competitive and Connacht were probably the better team. We knew we needed to get hold of the ball and improve our discipline and the players did that and much more.

"I thought the work in the contact area to produce quick ball was excellent and the players put in huge tackles in the second-half. It was effort that really drove that win but the players played some outstanding rugby too."