Gregor Townsend strikes upbeat note despite Heineken Cup defeat to Ulster

Last Updated: 20/10/12 3:59pm

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Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend believes his side can upset the odds and win their remaining four Heineken Cup group games after a 19-8 home defeat by Ulster left them bottom of Pool 4.

Townsend said: "I thought we were competitive in the first half then just couldn't get going. Ultimately indiscipline led to them getting points on the board. They have got a strong line out and that helped them get out of reach.

"The game was there for both teams in conditions like that, to take a grip and just didn't in the second half."

"We have got four games to play and we'll have to win all four to qualify. I believe we have got a group of players who are capable of doing that.

"By the time the games come around in December we should have a bigger squad with the players coming back from injury."

Ulster head coach Mark Anscombe praised his side's attitude after they took a grip on the game in the second half. He said: "It's not easy to come here and get a victory as other teams I'm sure will find out.

"We showed a lot of character out there, the boys battled their way through tough conditions against a very good team. You have got to be able to work through things because the game of rugby doesn't always go the way you want it.

"If you don't have that character and attitude to hang in there and battle through the tough times, you won't come out the right end.

"We have done that a few times this year, and shown there is a bit of character there. That's a good benchmark to build a good team from."

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