Kellock Era Dream Team – Back 3

Full Back
Bernardo Stortoni
(96 games, 10 tries)

Full back was a problem position in the early years of Big Al’s reign. Leonelli, Shaw, Barrow, Ramont, Marsden, Gregor, Parks – many had tried the role but for one reason or another none had made it their own. And then one evening in a friendly with Newcastle, with barely any fanfare, there was a new player appearing at 15. The slightly scruffy looking Argentinian with his socks round his ankles didn’t look like much to the cynical denizens of the Jackie Husband stand. But the very first time he went up for a high ball it was clear he had what his countrymen would call ‘cojones’ – Bernardo Stortoni had arrived and the team’s backfield was in safe hands. During Bernie’s time in Glasgow it was barely even necessary to have another full back on the books – he played in 96 of the club’s 101 fixtures during his four seasons at club, starting 93 of them. No other Warriors player even comes close to that level of consistency and it was an emotional night when he hung up his boots at the end of the 2010/11 season.

Right wing
Tommy Seymour
(72 games, 21 tries)

Born in Nashville. Glaswegian mother. Raised in Dubai and Belfast. There’s a lot there for linguists to work on to explain Tommy Seymour’s unusual accent (although nothing can explain his utterly bizarre fear of chickens!). His early years may have left young Tommy wondering where he belonged but there’s no doubting now that Glasgow has been a perfect fit for his talents and has allowed him to flourish into one of the league’s top try snafflers – including twice winning the award for best score of the season. Qualified to play for the USA, Ireland and Scotland he chose the dark blue jersey and is now one of the first names on the national side’s team sheet. He may not have arrived with a big reputation – he was primarily a squad player for Ulster – but he has developed into a crucial component of Glasgow’s success and his quick feet and eye for a gap will bring plenty more important tries for the club.

Left wing
DTH van der Merwe
(96 games, 43 tries)

Daniel Talliferre Hauman van der Merwe (or, understandably, just DTH) was another of those that arrived at Firhill with relatively little expectation but proceeded to crowd favourite status in jig time. South African by birth but Canadian by inclination, DTH proved to be the most potent finisher of the Kellock era, and in fact of any period in the Warriors history as a professional side – his club record of 43 tries will be tough for anyone to surpass. After missing almost the 2011/12 entire season he provided the crucial, come from behind score to send the Warriors into the playoffs with an astonishing solo effort against Treviso. He topped all that had come before though with the finish to his Glasgow career: misses last 3 games of regular season; comes off bench to score winning try in playoff semi-final; scores winning try in Grand Final; drops mic…

Only players who featured during the Kellock era were considered. Voting was by the members of the forum. All stats relate only to the period 2006-2015 when big Al was leading the Warriors.

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