Glasgow 13-28 Scarlets:
Finn Russell says it was an enormous disappointment to carry the curtain down on his Glasgow Warriors profession with a Professional14 semi-final defeat by Scarlets.
Warriors have been totally outplayed because the Welsh facet prevailed 28-13 to guide their place within the Professional14 closing.
It was Russell’s final match for Glasgow earlier than departing to affix French facet Racing 92.
“It is not the way in which I wished to exit, however that is sport,” Russell mentioned.
“The highs and the lows, however for me the final six years has been a excessive. I am wanting ahead to persevering with that over in France. Not the way in which I need to exit nevertheless it’s been a tremendous six years for me and I will take so many wonderful recollections from the membership.”
Warriors produced one of many poorest shows of their season for the largest match of the marketing campaign, and Russell, whereas eager to stress the standard of Scarlets’ show, believes a lot of the injury was self-inflicted.
“It was a disappointing outcome for us tonight,” the Scotland fly-half advised BBC Scotland. “That is knockout footy I suppose.
“We had a number of possibilities, a number of strain however simply by no means turned it into factors first-half. They made three breaks from easy missed tackles they usually completed them off.
“It was a easy 21 factors they bought compared to the three factors we needed to work actually arduous to get. Irritating.
“We simply weren’t medical sufficient tonight. The previous couple of weeks we have been like that. We have missed alternatives and never completed groups off, apply strain and get the factors from it. That is not simply on this recreation, it has been the previous couple of weeks.
“We completed 15 factors behind. A few issues might need gone our means with the referee, a couple of calls there that did not go our option to say the least.”
‘A bitter tablet to swallow’
Three first-half tries from Rhys Patchell, Gareth Davies and Rob Evans gave Scarlets a commanding 21-Three half-time lead, and when Ken Owens crossed for the fourth after the break, the sport was achieved.
Warriors rallied late on with tries from Jonny Grey and Nick Grigg, however these efforts have been little greater than comfort.
Captain Ryan Wilson was pissed off he and his team-mates have been unable to ship Russell and different gamers leaving the membership off on a happier notice.
“It is a bitter tablet to swallow,” Wilson mentioned. “We wished to ship loads of the boys off on a greater night time.
“There’s some sensible membership males which can be ending careers. We additionally had 10,000 followers out right here cheering us on. We have to take an excellent lengthy have a look at ourselves.
“All these losses – I bear in mind Leinster a few years in the past – these losses are what bought us to that closing and we gained it [in 2015], so be sure that we be taught from it.
“The one disappointment is it is 12 months till we rectify it.”
‘We made foolish errors’
Centre Grigg admitted he was a type of responsible of expensive errors after his weak sort out allowed Patchell in for the opening attempt. He was additionally despatched to the sin-bin after the break earlier than coming again on to register a late rating.
“From the get-go we made foolish errors,” Grigg defined. “That was the theme of the sport; self-discipline allow us to down.
“I made a few errors myself. The second half was a bit higher, we got here again into it and I felt like we had the momentum, however we simply could not pull it again. You’ll be able to’t give away a primary half like that and count on to magically pull it out of the bag.
“That was the primary time I’ve ever been yellow card, and it was by chance. He was harsh on the penalties and it value us.
“I’ve loved each second till this second. The season itself was wonderful. Dave [Rennie] has actually introduced a ardour into taking part in even sooner rugby to the membership. I’ve actually loved the season and I can not wait to have a pair extra.”