The night was supposed to be all about a 36-year-old, but in the end it was a group of young players who stole the show for Glasgow Warriors.
The Scotstoun men swept aside Zebre with ease 45-10 on Friday night and soon to be retired Sean Lamont will have taken great pride in watching the assured performances of the up-and-coming Warriors.
Eighteen-year-old Matt Fagerson started at No.8 and certainly did not look out of place while 20-year-old second-row Scott Cummings was solid and played a big part in giving the pack go forward.
Tighthead prop D’arcy Rae has had the most rugby of all the young group, but is still just 22 while off the bench five up-and-comers made their mark.
Matt Smith (20) scored two tries and Cammy Fenton (21), Jamie Bhatti (23, but just beginning his pro journey), Lewis Wynne (20) and George Horne (21) all did well.
It is pleasing to see a crop of young talent bursting into Scotland’s best club side and the great thing is they do not look phased by the big stage.
In the match, a free-scoring Warriors put pay to Zebre’s attempts for a third successive PRO12 win as Gregor Townsend’s men outscored the Italians by seven tries to two.
Scores for Nick Grigg, Rob Harley, Peter Murchie, Fagerson, Sam Johnson and a double for Smith meant Zebre’s efforts were in vain on a perfect night for running rugby at Scotstoun.
Centre Grigg was named Man of the Match and he has had quite some season in the midfield for Townsend’s men.
Matt Fagerson is pictured after scoring his first ever Warriors’ try by Scottish Rugby/SNS
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