Glasgow will blood youthful gamers extra usually within the subsequent few months, however the Warriors are sticking to their plan to ease them in, says assistant coach Kenny Murray.
The Warriors have received simply two video games this season and are out of competition for the Guinness PRO14 finals place. They head into Friday’s second 1872 Cup recreation in opposition to Edinburgh discussing when to play a few of their youthful expertise, revealed Murray.
Former Below-20 stand-off Ross Thompson is in competition to begin the sport at Scotstoun this week after a brief cameo within the recreation at Murrayfield on Saturday, even when Pete Horne is again coaching after concussion protocols.
The plan is to usher in the likes of Ollie Smith and Rufus McLean within the subsequent few weeks nevertheless it must be dealt with sensitively, stated Murray.
“Jamie Dobie is simply 19 and he’s been taking part in with us for the previous couple of seasons so younger guys have had a crack at it,” he stated. “Stafford McDowall has clearly performed a couple of.
“We need to give these younger guys a shot and over the subsequent wee whereas you will notice that, however what we must be cautious about is throwing too many in on the identical time. That’s occurred previously and had a damaging influence.”
First stay rugby of the season
Covid-19, and full shutdown of the sport exterior the elite professional sphere, has difficult issues. Thompson’s transient look on Saturday was his first in any stay rugby this season.
“The most important factor is that guys who’re on the fringes or coming via aren’t getting an opportunity to play for the time being,” continued Murray. “They might usually be taking part in in Super6 matches and getting a very good little bit of visibility.
“A few occasions this yr we now have had 12 versus 12 or 13 versus 13 video games simply to get the younger guys and the broader squad gamers taking part in, as a result of there isn’t a membership rugby to do this.
“We now have been speaking about making an attempt to do one thing with Edinburgh, perhaps some type of A recreation. I don’t assume there shall be any membership rugby within the close to future. With out these alternatives we now have to do it ourselves.”
Defences higher than assaults
Most of Glasgow’s debrief from the primary recreation on the weekend was about assault. Their defence held fairly properly, making 99 tackles within the first half alone.
“I feel each defences have been most likely higher than the assaults,” stated Murray. “There have been a couple of alternatives we left on the market. There was a pleasant line break by Huw, however we now have to have the ability to end off these alternatives.
“Defensively, we have been fairly completely satisfied. We knew Edinburgh would come at us fairly bodily and I assumed we handled that.”
Grey ‘an actual ache’ to Edinburgh
Key to the defensive effort was the return of lock Richie Grey and his presence on the lineouts, Murray agreed.
“He exceeded my expectations with what he did within the recreation after an extended break,” he stated. “I assumed he had a large influence in stopping Edinburgh’s assault cycle.
“We struggled within the scrum a bit, they might get a penalty after which a lineout. After they win a lineout and get the ball rolling it’s exhausting to defend, so Richie performed a large position in stopping that by stealing 4 of them.
“I assumed he was an actual ache in Edinburgh’s facet the entire recreation. He simply must preserve taking part in and get some consistency recreation after recreation.”
In addition to Horne, Glasgow ought to have Scotland prop Oli Kebble again for the second recreation, and whereas Leone Nakarawa has re-started contact coaching, he’s unlikely to play in opposition to Edinburgh.