Head Coach Gregor Townsend and centre Nick Grigg believe Glasgow Warriors can kick on from Saturday’s 47-17 win over the Dragons.

The bonus point victory leaves the Warriors sixth in the Guinness PRO12 table with five regular season matches left.

They will have to go some to make the top four, but this emphatic triumph will have given them confidence ahead of the league resuming after the 6 Nations.

Townsend said: “It’s been a tough run for us in terms of the games we’ve played, so to get the joy of winning in front of our own supporters is great.

“I’m pleased for the players who put in huge effort not just in the games, but in training too over the last few weeks.”

Grigg, who scored two tries, said: “The boys knew we had this kind of performance in us and now we are focused ahead of the rest of the season.”

Second-row Brian Alainu’uese starred as the Warriors won at Scotstoun on Saturday.

The Dragons led 10-0, but a Grigg try and a conversion by Pete Horne reduced the deficit.

A moment of magic from Grigg then put the home side ahead. The centre got the ball 10 metres out and twisted and turned the Dragons defence before scoring his second of the match. Horne converted.

Richie Vernon was then forced off injured and it was 14-10 at the interval.

Within minutes of the second-half kicking off Rory Hughes showed his power and pace to get over for Glasgow’s third on his birthday and Horne’s conversion made it 21-10.

Replacement Ratu Tagive, on his home debut, then bagged try number four.

Lee Jones, on his 50th appearance, and Mark Bennett then added tries five and six and number seven came from Horne.

The visitors grabbed a late consolation to make it 47-17, but it was the Warriors who were celebrating at the final whistle after securing a vital win ahead of a three week international break.

Man of the Match Brian Alainu’uese is pictured by David Gibson/FOTOSPORT

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