Van der Merwe wants nine-point finish

Date published: January 14 2015

Glasgow wing DTH Van der Merwe has laid down the challenge to his team-mates to be the first Warriors outfit to make the European quarter-finals.

The Scottish side currently have ten points, level with Bath who they travel to in the final round, a week after facing Montpellier at Scotstoun Stadium on Sunday.

And with the French outfit standing no chance of making the knockouts, Canadian Van der Merwe is hoping to claim five points this weekend.

“It is clear to us that we need a minimum of nine points from the last two pool games with Montpellier and Bath,” he informed the Scotsman.

“Given that we need the extra bonus point from one of these, then the best place to get that is in the home game with Montpellier on Sunday, where we will have a passionate Glasgow support behind us

“Obviously, if we can get ten points and collect the two bonus points, that would be tremendous but, before any of that comes into the equation, we have to concentrate on our game, getting our structures correct and making sure that we execute our gameplan.

“But we want to be ‘the’ Glasgow team that makes history by getting into the quarter-finals for the first time. I said to the boys at the beginning of the European campaign that winning the first two matches was the key to being alive by the time we get to rounds five and six and that has proven so.

“In my six years at Glasgow this is the first time we have managed to do that and be alive at this stage, so we have achieved that and now we need to take that extra step to make it through to the last eight but there can be no bigger incentive, than to make history, to achieve that.”