Pair lift Pro12 trophy
Two former Cambuslang Rugby Club players helped Glasgow Warriors lift their first piece of silverware on Saturday night.
Ex-Cathkin High pupil Duncan Weir came off the bench to slot over a penaltiy, while Jonny Gray, who grew up in King’s Park, played the full 80 minutes, as the Warriors defeated Munster 13-31 at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast to lift the Guinness Pro 12 trophy.
The pair played their part as a Scottish club won their first trophy in the professional rugby age, with Gregor Townsend’s men enjoying success in the annual competition involving the 12 professional sides from Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.
Speaking to the Reformer on Monday, a delighted Dncan said: “It was a bit strange to wake up and call ourselves champions!
“Over the last couple of years under Gregor, we’ve put in a lot of hard work, and it’s just great we’ve got something to show for it now.
“Last year, we were so close when we got to the final, and it wasn’t a good experience when we lost it. To go one better this year feels very special.
“It’s a great feeling to be part of that team, and making a bit of history for the club. No one would have believed a few years ago there would be a league title trophy for the club, so to be part of that, in a Glasgow jersey, it’s just terrific.”
Playing his part after coming on for the last 14 minutes of the game was a welcome relief for Duncan, who missed the Six Nations campaign earlier this year with an arm injury.
He explained: “When you’re coming back from a long-term injury, you know you have to be patient to get yourself back in.
“It just means when your chance comes, you have to take it. I really wanted to get on and be part of it.
“When we got the last try, we knew that was the final nail in the coffin for Munster, as at that stage they were having quite a lot of possession.
“We scored at a time in the second half when they were putting us under a lot of pressure, but once we got the third score, we were far more comfortable for the final few minutes.”
Duncan was particularly happy with another success this season, as his old club Cambuslang won promotion from BT West League Two.
He said: “Both clubs have really grown over the season, and it’s been great to see Glasgow and Cambuslang both doing the business on the field.
“It’s good for the sport, to have a bit of success and get people interested in the game.”
Duncan added: “We have a couple of weeks off, and won’t think about the rugby too much, and return for next season, refreshed, with all guns blazing.
“It’s another three months and we’ll get going again, but until then, we just enjoy the summer break, and then get that hunger again for more.”