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June 02, 2024

Warriors focus on quarter-final

Posted by Editor on June 2, 2024 12:02 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Kyle Rowe has scored 12 tries in 17 appearances for Warriors
Glasgow Warriors will take on the Stormers in next Saturday's URC quarter-final meeting at Scotstoun (ko 7.35pm).

Warriors rounded off their regular league campaign with a hard-fought 38-26 win over Zebre on Friday with Kyle Rowe among the scorers taking his season's tally to 12 tries from 17 appearances.

Asked if he felt Glasgow could go all the way to the URC Final , Rowe said: "We feel as a playing group we can. We're not looking too far ahead. We'll completely focus on the quarter-final first. The week after we'll focus completely on the semi-final and not look too far ahead because that will be a detriment to how we play.

"We can beat anyone here [at Scotstoun]. I don't think we really mind who comes here. We'll do a job. We'll have to go away for the semi-final I think, but we're still confident to go away and do a job."

Glasgow came up short last season, losing at Scotstoun to eventual champions Munster in the URC quarter-finals and then to Toulon in the final of the European Challenge Cup in Dublin. Rowe says those disappointments has hardened the squad's resolve to do better this time around. "I wasn't here but I know there is a lot of disappointment from last year," he said. "Everyone who has come in this year, players and coaches, we want to put that right and go on and do special things with this group. We know as a group we can beat anyone on our day so we're focused on ourselves. We'll preview the team we have in the last eight but a lot of it is about how we can get better as a collective but also individually."

The URC final is scheduled for June 22 and shortly after Scotland will undertake a summer tour of North and South America.

Some players might welcome a break after a long season but Rowe is keen to keep going and build on the progress he has made. He missed the whole of the 2022-23 season with a serious knee injury sustained in the opening minutes of his Scotland debut on the tour of Argentina two years ago. His hard work was rewarded with a return to the international squad during the Six Nations and he wants to add to his four-cap tally.

"I've managed to stay fit, played three times for Scotland [this season]," said Rowe as he reflected on the season. "Probably one of my best seasons apart from that first season with London Irish. I'm really pleased with the form I'm in and have been in for the past year. I'm not looking too far ahead but... take that into the quarter-final, semi, final and the summer tour hopefully.

"I want to play for Scotland as many times as I can. If I'm selected to go on the tour, great, but if not I'll be looking over the off-season to rest and recuperate and come back in and try not to lose what I've gained this season playing wise. We'll wait and see."