This week the Opposition View comes from Glasgow Warriors supporter @ThePenGW ahead of a crunch game at Scotstoun on Saturday night.
Dave Rennie signed a contract extension to stay at Glasgow for this season over the summer, just how much of an impact has he had at Scotstoun?
He’s had an impact but I’m not sure it’s been as much as we hoped for. We got to the final of the Guinness Pro14, which was a step in the right direction, but it was a disappointing end.
We have seen a lot of young players come through the ranks and start to establish themselves so maybe we won’t feel the full effect of his reign until a couple of years time and see where those players are then.
It’s been a tough start to the season, losing both opening games, how much of that would you put down to players being away at the Rugby World Cup?
It would be easy to put the two losses so far down to the players being away but I don’t want to use that excuse. The side left still has several international players in it and guys who have plenty of experience so we still have good players available to us.
Has the start of the season adjusted what you thought Glasgow might have been aiming for during this campaign?
Hard to say really. I didn’t necessarily expect wins but I expected closer games and better performances. I think it’s going to be a difficult season and in truth I’m not sure how we can do this season.
We have great players but if we can get the World Cup lads back in good fitness and form then maybe he outlook can be bright.
You made a couple of signings that seemingly bolster the squad all-year round over the summer. Which stand out as the most exciting?
Sadly the one I think will be most exciting hasn’t had the chance to pull the jersey on because of injury. Jale Vakaloloma looks like he could be the next Warriors Fijian superstar like Leone Nakarawa. He’s a big lad who can play back or second row and looks a really exciting prospect. Hopefully he can be back soon and start to play. If his highlight reels are anything then he could be a real class act.
How much confidence do you think Glasgow can take from the fact that you beat Cardiff Blues four times last season?
Normally I would have said a lot but Glasgow aren’t in a good place results and performance wise so far so I really don’t think last seasons games will have a bearing.
Finally, what is your prediction for Saturday?
It’s a must win for Glasgow. To lose the opening three games would be an early season disaster and losing ground in the Conference, while it wouldn’t be season ending, would be a lot of points to try and make up. Glasgow need the confidence boost and for that reason I think they’ll win.
Thanks to @ThePenGW for his thoughts, here’s to an entertaining game at least!