Christmas cheer for Dave Rennie before dissecting defeat

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Dave Rennie hosted a number of his Glasgow players for Christmas dinner but banned them from talking about their “embarrassing” defeat by Edinburgh.

However the Warriors head coach encouraged his men to talk openly about their last-gasp 18-17 defeat since returning to work and preparing for the second leg of their double header at Scotstoun on Saturday.

Glasgow suffered their first defeat of the Guinness PRO14 season when they blew a 12-point lead and lost a try in the dying seconds against a side which played with 14 men for 74 minutes following Simon Berghan’s red card.

Warriors remain 12 points clear in Conference A but Rennie admitted the loss threatened to spoil his first Christmas Day in Scotland.

“We had a crew of about 27 round,” the New Zealander said. “The ones who are without family here, the foreigners. They came round with their families.

“We had a good day, we promised not to talk about rugby, which made it palatable. Everyone did traditional dishes so we had a lot of island food. It was a great day.”

But there was no talk whatsoever of their BT Murrayfield defeat.

“Not at all, it was banned,” he said. “Otherwise I would have been grumpy all day.

“I’m embarrassed. And that’s nothing against Edinburgh, they are a good side, they have been in good form. But, up 7-0, against 14 men for 70-odd minutes, we had so many opportunities to put them away and didn’t, and it hurt us in the end.

“We have tweaked our game and had a little bit of a heart-to-heart about what is expected. We kicked a lot of ball away aimlessly last week, and we had so many opportunities to score.

“Credit to Edinburgh’s scrambling but our skill set let us down at crucial times. Eventually, if you give the ball back to the opposition, they are going to hurt you.

“If we have got aspirations of winning the title, you can’t do that against good sides. Hopefully we see a more clinical performance this week.”

Rennie felt it was important to involve all the players in the analysis.

“We have got to make sure we are all part of the process, so it’s not just old fellas up there wagging their fingers,” he said. “The guys were really disappointed, they know we let ourselves down, we let our supporters down. We need retribution this weekend.

“There is plenty of motivation. There is a healthy respect for Edinburgh, we just need to be a hell of a lot better and a hell of a lot more urgent than we were last week.

“We are a better side than that and we need to show that this week.”

Rennie has recalled Finn Russell to his starting line-up along with winger Niko Matawalu and centre Nick Grigg. Kiran McDonald and Matt Fagerson come into the pack. Tommy Seymour drops out with a foot injury.

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