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'That's something that I'll hold my hand up and accept responsibility for'

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Ross Thompson is confident that Glasgow will respond positively and immediately to their 52-17 defeat to Exeter on Saturday.

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The loss at Sandy Park, where wing Tom O’Flaherty scored a hat-trick with the home side dominating the second half, means that a victory over La Rochelle at Scotstoun next weekend is crucial to Danny Wilson’s side’s chances of reaching the last-16 of the Heineken Champions Cup.

Fly-half Thompson told glasgowwarriors.org: “From a personal angle, we didn’t play the game in the right areas throughout the game.

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“That’s one that we as half-backs should be controlling and that’s something that I’ll hold my hand up and accept responsibility for.

“As a team, we know that performance wasn’t reflective of who we are as a group.

“We demand more of ourselves and that starts this week. We’re a team that pride ourselves on reacting well.

“We’ve had these blips in the last year as we grow and develop as a squad and we always go away, work on what we need to work on and come back stronger.

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“We know we can turn it around and I have no doubt we’re capable of turning it around again.”

Thompson believes a packed Scotstoun next week – where fans are now allowed back in after the relaxation of government Covid-19 attendance rules – can make the difference.

He said: “The Warrior Nation are going to be huge for us next week, as they always are.

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“Their support gives us that extra lift in the key moments and it’s a match that is going to hinge on those key moments.

“Next weekend is a massive match for us. We know a place in the last 16 is still within our control, so we want to go out there and get the win that will get us through if results go our way.

“They just got the better of us over there, so it’s a chance for us to bring them over to Scotstoun and have a real crack at them.”

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