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Welsh rugby enveloped in its latest existential crisis

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'We've got to take a long, hard look at ourselves... It's not the first time it's happened'

By PA
Danny Wilson /PA

Frustrated Glasgow coach Danny Wilson told his side their discipline must improve as he lamented the way they threw away victory against Benetton.

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The Scotstoun outfit led by two points with 90 seconds remaining in Treviso but gave away three penalties in the closing moments and the Italians ended up winning 19-18.

Wilson said: “We’ve got to take a long, hard look at ourselves in the mirror, because that’s not good enough from us.

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“Not to take anything away from Benetton, who played well, but we were in a position to win that game with 90 seconds to go and we conspired to throw it away.

“It’s not the first time it’s happened either, which makes it all the more frustrating. Our effort was there, but we let ourselves down with discipline. It needs to improve and it needs to improve fast.”

Jack Dempsey and Rory Darge scored Glasgow’s two tries in the first half but the visitors were ultimately undone by Leonardo Marin’s late penalty, as they returned home with only one bonus point to show for their efforts.

Wilson added: “They were just ridiculous penalties from us, to be honest. We’ve handed them the game with three penalties in 90 seconds.

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“We have to learn our lessons because we’ve let ourselves down. There’s a lot in that game that we should never have let get away from us. It’s not the effort of the players.

“There are two types of penalty – a penalty that happens through effort and a gamble that doesn’t pay off, and a dumb penalty. It was the dumb penalties that killed us.

“We had our opportunities to be further ahead than we were – we showed great fight to come back from that bad start to lead at the break, but we had no field position in the second half. That all stems from our own poor discipline.

“It’s frustrating, and we have to learn our lessons ahead of Dragons and put things right in front of our own fans.”

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