‘I couldn’t look’ – Van der Merwe

Date published: May 25 2015

Glasgow Warriors hero DTH van der Merwe revealed he couldn't watch Finn Russell's match-winning conversion against Ulster.

The young fly-half's extra two points put Glasgow ahead with time running out at Scotstoun as the Warriors survived late on to make the Pro12 Final.

Van der Merwe was appearing in his final match for Glasgow at the ground before heading to the Scarlets for next season, but the Canadian international was thrilled with the outcome of some dramatic closing stages.

"I didn't even look at it. I couldn't look. I looked at the grass, looked at the ground, and just listened for the crowd. I don't like those kind of things," said Van der Merwe.

"But I'm so glad he made that kick. He's a young guy, with all that pressure on his head. It just shows the quality of this team.

"The message I had to bring on when I came off the bench was for the guys just to keep enjoying it. For a lot of them it was their last game in Glasgow, at Scotstoun, so they had to keep enjoying it.

"But we're actually at the final and I'm just so thankful. I'm thankful to the team, because everyone played so well and now it's our chance.

"A few weeks ago my scan [on the hand] wasn't great, but after that my strength started getting better and I'm so glad that I could play a part in this game. I couldn't leave this amazing city and those amazing supporters without signing off.

"From the start of this year, our goal has been to be the first Scottish team to win this title. You can't be shy about it; you have to believe it.

"Like our slogan says: 'Whatever it takes'. That will happen this week."