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June 16, 2024

Focus turns to Vodacom Bulls

Posted by Editor on June 16, 2024 01:03 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Tom Jordan impressed in Glasgow's win over Munster
The Warriors won't have much time to reflect on their URC semi-final win over Munster with the focus now on preparations for next Saturday's Grand Final against Vodacom Bulls in Pretoria.

Glasgow head coach Franco Smith said although his players were tired following their heroics in Limerick, they are relishing the challenge of taking on the Bulls in their own backyard.

"We watched the first half of the [Bulls versus] Leinster semi-final. It is going to be a good challenge. We didn't train this hard and work this hard to come up short. We're going to give it a full go," he said after Saturday's win over Munster.

"In this competition, travel forms part of the challenge, but we're not going to use that as an excuse. We know that it is going to be challenging but we've got a plan and we’ll see how we can recover as quickly as possible and get ourselves physically and mentally ready for an important game.

"We will fly out as soon as there is a flight available. We have made plans - flights were kept - but we'll only be able to confirm that tomorrow morning."

Zander Fagerson and Tom Jordan were picked out by many observers for the part they played in the Glasgow win but Smith, as always, was at pains to emphasise that it was a team effort which set up their victory.

"If I am going to start mentioning individuals I will name the whole team," he said.

"They both stepped up to the plate like they did last week so it's fantastic to have them doing what they do. But the whole team really stepped up tonight. I include the management, the medical staff.

"TJ [Jordan] is a converted guy. He reminds me a lot of myself when I played. I never knew if I was a 10 or a 12 so that's maybe why we favour him at the moment. He applies himself physically, he's a good communicator and I appreciate that he played really well tonight."

Max Williamson and Euan Ferrie's performances caught the eye after they came off the replacements bench in the second half and made big contributions, particularly during the game's tense latter stages.

"I think Scotland must be excited about that," said Smith. "There are a lot of players coming through and that is important for the growth. You mustn't compromise on results to bring young players through and with grace this year, we got that right.

"Max tonight was brilliant tonight and made some important defensive actions and he did his basics in the set-piece very well. Euan, in the 15 minutes he was on, contributed massively, so yes, that is part of the process to bring players through and not compromise the results."