Dave Rennie has urged Glasgow to take their Heineken Champions Cup frustrations out on Edinburgh.

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The Warriors’ hopes of making the knock-out phase suffered a major blow on Saturday as they allowed La Rochelle to raid Scotstoun for a 12-7 win.

Rennie believes back-to-back victories over English duo Exeter and Sale next month with at least one bonus point might still rescue the situation, but for now he is turning his mind back to domestic matters.

Glasgow host Edinburgh in the opening leg of the 1872 Cup – which also doubles as a Guinness PRO14 fixture – next Saturday and coach Rennie does not want his team feeling sorry for themselves.

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“We’ll be up for next weekend,” Rennie told the club’s website. “We’re hugely disappointed about Saturday, but we’ve got to move on.

“We’re going into a period of tough games in the Guinness PRO14 and we’ve got to be up for them now.

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“As for Europe, we probably need to beat both Exeter and Sale to qualify the way a couple of groups are looking. You’re going to need some big numbers to get through, 19 points or something is looking like the target. Saturday isn’t terminal for us, but it’s tougher now for sure.”

Edinburgh, meanwhile, remain in the hunt to qualify out of their Challenge Cup group after Richard Cockerill’s team dumped Wasps out of the race with a narrow 9-7 win in Coventry.

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