Pair lift Pro12 tro­phy

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Kenny Smith

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.”

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