The Rewind Series – Three of the Best
It’s a match up that has produced some of the most memorable moments in the professional history of Glasgow Warriors.
a nail-biting knockout tie or a mid-season clash played out in front of a
sold-out Scotstoun, drama and excitement are nearly always guaranteed when
Ulster come to Scotstoun.
semi-finals and a host of closely-fought encounters have been played out
between the two sides in recent years, with a passionate Warrior Nation having
been witness to tries of the highest calibre along the way.
We sat down
with three of the club’s most prodigious finishers to discuss their famous
scores against the men from the Kingspan…
DER MERWE – 2015
on the clock in the Guinness PRO12 semi-final. Camped in the Ulster 22. 14 phases
completed, and Finn Russell floats arguably the most famous pass in club
history out wide. Waiting on the wing – his natural habitat – was exactly the
man that the Warrior Nation wanted on the end of that pass.
remember catching the ball”” laughed van der Merwe.
“I knew if I caught it there’d be an
opportunity to score, and luckily enough I managed to take it. Funnily enough
the most nerve-wracking thing was watching – or not watching, in my case!- Finn as he lined up that conversion. I was
listening to the crowd for the reaction!
into that game off the back of a broken hand, so to come off the bench and take
that pass from Finn [Russell] over the top was just incredible. The whole
lead-in to that final and title win is a memory I’ll never forget
find that try on YouTube all the time – there’s this picture of two women in
the crowd biting their nails, and they looked like how I felt.”
SEYMOUR – 2016
a few months, and another finely poised encounter is decided by a move executed
to such perfection that it goes on to win the Guinness PRO12 Try of the Season
award. Trailing by three points, a cross-field kick from Russell on half-way
lands in the waiting arms of Tommy Seymour to send the winger en route to the
whitewash – and Scotstoun into delirium.
remember correctly it was an option we had looked at calling from during the
week – we just recognised it was on and Finn put it on the money,” explained
when the ball goes up, you’re just concentrating on the catch. I didn’t have to
break stride, so once I had the ball it was just about pinning the ears back.
the blindside winger [Craig Gilroy] had the angle coming across so just made
the decision to cut back late in hope he couldn’t slow his feet and lucky for
me it paid off. He’s a good friend of mine to so that made it sweeter.
“I would say
it was a great try to score as it helped us get across the line against a very
good Ulster team – it’d be up there with the best in my career. The tries
always been more when they help secure a win and make a difference.”
STEYN – 2019
As far as first
knockout matches for the club go, Kyle Steyn’s first foray into the Guinness
PRO14 Final Series is up there with the best of them. With the Warriors cutting
loose in last season’s semi-final, the Scotland 7s star put the finishing
touches on a flowing move from inside the home side’s own 22 in front of a
raucous East Stand.
really remember who made the call to go from deep,” admitted Steyn.
Hoggy [Stuart Hogg] called for the chip from Adam [Hastings], nd then we all
jumped on the back of that.
asking for the ball from Wils [Ryan Wilson] early so I could get some speed
onto the ball. He’s a good man to have in the wide channels – he assisted me
against Leinster last month too, he’s got good hands in open space.
honest there were almost too many options at the end! The easy option would
have been to dummy and pass to DTH out wide, which would have saved us a lot of
complications. I didn’t really expect Wils to pass back either – I mis-timed
the pass to him, but I was pretty stoked when it came back to me.
was electric that day. There were so many flags in the stands and the noise was
incredible. The subs were warming up down that end too, so I just jumped into
the middle of them. In front of the East Stand is always a good place to score!”