Holley reflects on a "typical cup tie with

Head Coach Sean Holley happy to reach first ever Magners League Grand Final after a "huge effort"

Speaking to the Welsh media at the Liberty Stadium, Holley said:

 “It was a fair result, I don’t think anyone could deny us that. The phrase that comes into my head is that we went to win it, we didn’t play to not lose it. I think that was clear, we tried to play some rugby. Glasgow did very well to stop us, they were very physical and they put in a big defensive effort. Again we lacked a bit of a clinical edge in the 22, we knocked a few balls on and lost a line-out here and there, but what was pleasing was the way we applied ourselves. We put the pressure on and they were forced to give penalties away which cost them. I thought it was a great game, a typical cup tie with thrills and spills. The physicality was huge.

“Sometimes we tried a little bit too hard and spilt some ball. We tried to play a bit of territory and take the sting out of them, but we need to be more clinical. The positive is that we are creating those chances.

“It would be nice for the fans if the final were home. It is an advantage being home, albeit the crowd tonight wasn’t a huge number. We were delighted with those that were here though, they really turned up the volume and created a great atmosphere, they made the noise of a lot more than 7,000 people. We’re just happy to be in the final.

“If you look at our performances against Leinster and Munster this year, in Munster we won ugly, it was a huge effort, and in Leinster, having played Ulster on the Tuesday night, I thought we played really well for two-thirds of the game. We just ran out of gas at the end. But we’ll have a full two week prep now, and we’ll take comfort from those performances. Certainly, the Munster win will instil some belief. We’ll be confident, we’ll back ourselves. We’ve got some good players and we are gelling at this part of the season.

“We’ve worked very hard to get there, with very little credit. We’ve done it the hard way and it’s credit to the whole squad and management for a huge effort after the disappointment of Biarritz. We lost two home games early on in this campaign, so we had a lot of work to do, we were a little bit behind. We spoke in training yesterday about how it feels that not a lot of people want us to do well, it does feel the world is against you at times. A lot of people want to criticise, or bat you down, and instead of letting it get to you individually, you have to use it to galvanise you collectively.”