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'I'm not going to lure myself into any discussions regarding that'

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Warriors Head Coach Franco Smith during a Glasgow Warriors Open Training session at Scotstoun Stadium, on August 29, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Glasgow coach Franco Smith refused to engage in talk of his side going on to win the Challenge Cup after their record-breaking last-16 destruction of Dragons at Scotstoun.

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The Warriors scored 11 tries for the first time in their history and ran in their highest points tally in a match as they beat the Welsh side 73-33 on Saturday to set up a quarter-final clash at home to Emirates Lions this weekend.

Asked if his side were now equipped to get their hands on a maiden European trophy, Smith said: “If you look too far ahead you stumble over the rock in front.

“I’m not going to lure myself into any discussions regarding that yet.

“We’re looking forward to next week. It’s going to be a different challenge. We’ve got to be accurate in what we do.”

Despite the emphatic victory, Smith insisted he was not happy with elements of his team’s performance, particularly the fact they conceded five tries, three of which came after a red card for Dragons prop Aki Seiuli.

“There’s a lot of work to be done, but at least on an offensive side we were good,” he said.

“We’ve got to stay focused because we’re going to play some top teams going forward, without disregarding the Dragons because they scored some good tries, three of them with 14 players on the field, but we’ve got to be much more clinical in our approach.”

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Adding to the record-breaking theme, Johnny Matthews became the first Glasgow player to score five tries in a match.

“Fantastic,” said Smith of his hooker’s stunning haul. “He’s the first to congratulate the guys in front of him but the one he scored off Allan Dell was a decent sprint. Fantastic.”

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