Kellock Era Dream Team – Front Row

Loosehead prop
Kevin Tkachuk
(100 games, 8 tries)

The man with the unpronounceable name, Kevin Tkachuk came to the Warriors from Manitoba province (via Oxford Uni and Pertemps Bees) and was a bit of a trailblazer for a Canadian enclave in Glasgow. T-Bone’s rumbustious style made him a fan favourite during his time at the club and his introduction always gave the crowd a bit of a boost. Unfortunately for matchday announcers 80 of his 100 appearances in the Kellock era came off the bench but what he lacked in minutes he made up for in impact. Unusually for a Warriors front rower he had a nose for the try line, crossing 8 times – only John Barclay has more scores (14) among forwards in this period in the club’s history. (Incidentally OTOTM’s limited research suggests it should have been pronounced Kah-Chuck but as always I’m open to correction!)

Dougie Hall
(146 games, 6 tries)

The first of the two-spell Warriors to make the team, Dougie Hall started out in Glasgow before being tempted by the dark side (Embra) and finally returning to the good guys. He’s essentially Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker without the breathing difficulties (but even less hair). Third on the list in terms of appearances for the Warriors in the Kellock era, Dougie was a consistent presence for the club over eight seasons as possibly Glasgow’s best scrummaging hooker and a reliable carrier of the ball. He marked the announcement of his impending retirement with a fine try (matching his record season high total of…one) before rolling back the years with a powerful performance in the Grand Final – a fitting swansong for a fine career.

Tighthead prop
Euan Murray
(28 games, no tries)

The Rev, Eugene, Euge, Buzz Lightyear – the man with many names packed a lot into his career, including two spells with Glasgow. One of the early departures in the Kellock era he benefitted greatly from his conversion to Christianity, the end of his veterinary studies and the harder edged example set by the senior pros in his final season, taking this stronger commitment to his craft with him to Northampton and beyond. Returning older, wiser but still happy to mix it with the best of them he displayed a willingness to stick in and work hard at his game even at 50 34. As one of the few over 30s in the Championship winning squad he hopefully spent some time imparting all the wisdom gained in maybe 2,500 scrums as a pro (plus about 20,000 resets!) to young Zander Fagerson and D’Arcy Rae as the next generation of Glasgow tight heads.

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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