Pro12 final: More to come from Glasgow Warriors - Townsend

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Glasgow Warriors celebrate the first Pro12 title win for a Scottish team

Gregor Townsend predicted his Glasgow Warriors team would be even stronger next season after they became the first Scottish club to win the Pro12.

The Warriors ran in four tries to clinch a 31-13 triumph over Munster at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.

"We will be a much better team for having won," said the head coach.

"Jonny Gray is 21, Finn Russell 22, Stuart Hogg is 22. These players have committed to staying at the club and they have seen they can win trophies."

Townsend added: "There's a lot more to come from this group of players and they have now had the experience of winning something, which is fantastic."

One of the try scorers, winger DTH van der Merwe, is on his way to Scarlets, while Niko Matawalu has signed for Bath, injured full-back Sean Maitland is on his way to London Irish and prop Jon Welsh will join Newcastle.

Captain Al Kellock and hooker Dougie Hall are both retiring.

However, James Eddie and Jerry Yanuyanutawa are the latest in a series of players to sign new deals as Townsend prepares for the Pro12 and the European Champions Cup after the summer.

Three eye-catching first-half tries put Glasgow on the road to victory.

Rob Harley was first to cross, followed by Van der Merwe and Henry Pyrgos to secure a 21-10 half-time lead.

Leone Nakarawa was inspirational for Glasgow in the first half
Leone Nakarawa's powerful running and offloading skills led to the first two tries for Glasgow

Glasgow repelled a period of Munster pressure early in the second half and Russell's darting run between two red shirts added a fourth touchdown.

Townsend, in his third season as head coach, told BBC Scotland: "The players delivered big time with some fantastic tries.

"We knew the weather was coming in so if we could get ahead it would be a help in the second half. We had chosen to go against the wind.

"I'm very satisfied and very proud of this group of players. Fifty-two players got us into a home semi-final and it was the crowd and the players that got us into the final.

"We had the learning from last year's final [a loss to Leinster] to deliver that performance."

An ecstatic Townsend praised the contribution of his predecessor at Warriors, Sean Lineen, who "built the foundations" and highlighted the parts played by Harley, Ryan Wilson and Leone Nakarawa, who set up the first two scores.

"Rob and Ryan are fresh, they haven't played for a few weeks," he said. "Rob is perfectly suited for Munster, Ryan Wilson has been in great form.

"Leone delivered. I said to him, 'I'll be very happy if you don't make an offload. I want you going forward, concentrating on the set piece. If you do get away one on one then great'.

"I think he had two, and two tries. He was brilliant."

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