After Saturday’s 10-7 loss to Edinburgh, the losing bonus point was something of a consolation for Glasgow, but Richie Gray’s return was a lasting and meaningful one.
The 31-year-old has only been able to make a handful of appearances since sustaining a prolonged concussion after returning to the Warriors in the summer. He will now be a central contributor for the rest of the season – beginning with Friday’s derby return leg at Scotstoun – having played all but five minutes in the game at Murrayfield.
“I’ve been feeling good,” Gray said. I hope I can keep fit and have a little bit of consistency.
“After 60 minutes, I was asked if I wanted to proceed, but I felt fine. Perhaps, because it was more grueling than easy, that says something about the game. But I’m grateful for that, and next week we’ll see what happens.
We certainly put in the job,”We definitely put in the work,” We were able to win the game, the most gratifying thing and the most disappointing thing. In the second half, we got into their 22 and into their third a few times, but our errors cost us.
What’s disappointing is that we were physically banged up in the past when we lost those games, and then had to go back to the drawing board. This is going to be a pretty rough and physical week. But today, I don’t think it has been that way. I believe we were on par with them physically. It was really the execution that really cost us and it’s disappointing, but we can repair everything.
Since returning to Glasgow from Toulouse a year ago, Gray has stressed on several occasions that he is keen to play for Scotland again. Having been named by Gregor Townsend in the first squad for the Autumn Nations Cup, he could well be in the coach’s thoughts for the Six Nations. However, he stressed that, for now at least, he needs to focus on competing for a place in the second tier in Glasgow and is not thinking about Scotland at all.
“No, I’m just trying to stay fit. I’ve got a battle on my hands in Glasgow because we’ve got Scotty [Cummings], Lewis Bean, Rob Harley and Leone [Nakarawa] coming back, plus young players. It’s a battle every week. Let’s be realistic, get a run and see what happens.”