Memorable Moments: Glasgow Warriors 2016/17 – Part 1

Time for a look back at 2016/17 as On Top Of The Moon selects 10 memorable moments from the season just past. They’re not necessarily the best or most significant points but rather some of the small events that stuck in the mind as representing what the Warriors’ campaign was all about.

Warrior Centurion

Josh Strauss was one of 4 players to join the ranks of the Centurions this season. He celebrated in fine style with an early try against Racing that set the side on their way to a comprehensive win. Sadly The Beard to be Feared would only play 4 more games for the club before injury brought an early end to his Glasgow career:

Josh gif

The Hat-trick +1

It was a feat that had only been achieved once before in Glasgow’s history – almost 20 years earlier in the new professional club’s first ever match Derek Stark notched 4 scores. On a sunny evening that marked the debut of the Warriors’ brand new synthetic pitch Tommy Seymour helped himself to his very own try bonus point against Leinster:

Tommy combined

The Scrum

This was the season when Zander Fagerson took on the mantle as first choice tighthead for Glasgow (and, in the absence of WP Nel, for Scotland too). There was the occasional troublesome outing but generally there was a solidity to the Warriors scrum that had been lacking in Gregor Townsend’s early years. When the first choice unit was on song they dismantled the Leicester setpiece at Scotstoun:


And this one comes with the added bonus moment just a couple of minutes later when Gordon Reid fell out with a corner flag…


The Celebration

The finest try celebration of the season belonged to a very excited Rory Hughes. Strolling through untouched after a challenging early period for Glasgow against Treviso, the big winger ended up face to face with the West stand crowd and…well in his own words:

“They just went mental and I loved it. So I just went mental as well!”

Rory celebration

The ‘Drop Goal’

Long-term readers of the statistical musings at OTOTM (thanks dad) will be aware of the minor obsession with Glasgow’s lack of drop goals. So there was something magical about the moment against Edinburgh at Murrayfield when the ball toppled from the kicking tee as Finn Russell started his run up and the maestro responded with an improvised drop kick. Of course the punchline here is that because it wasn’t in open play the score goes down as a penalty – so Finn still doesn’t have a drop goal to show in his career stats!

Finn DG

Check out Part 2 here

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