Glasgow Warriors coach Murray says he’s going to return Thomson

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Assistant coach Kenny Murray of Glasgow Warriors credits attacking player Brandon Thomson with recovering in fast succession from the disappointment of missing two big kicks right in front of the posts.

However, in Friday’s 1872 Cup second leg against Edinburgh at Scotstoun, he did not rule out the possibility of youngster Ross Thompson taking over the crucial standoff spot.

In the last league game before Christmas, Thomson made a miscue that cost the Warriors an injury-time victory over the Dragons, and then made the same expensive mistake in the first half of Saturday’s 1872 Cup first leg against Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

He also threw the errant pass that, with 10 minutes left, gave Edinburgh the decisive try.

Almost immediately after that result, Thompson replaced Thomson and managed to bring the Warriors in line for the late second-row strike by Lewis Bean that won the losing bonus point. The 21-year-old then added the conversion to underline that it is not that difficult to reach the post from that distance.

“Brandon is generally a positive guy – he’s always got a smile on his face – but he knows himself that at the level we play at, you can’t just miss,” Murray said. In making fun of it, there is no point. He has to be better there at the end of the day, and he knows that.

“We were happy with Ross when he came in,” he said. “He did a good job and he could potentially be in action this weekend as well.”

Currently on the long-term injury list, regular Adam Hastings will leave the club for Gloucester at the end of the season.

Pete Horne, who is actually a center, has been the alternate No. 10 since Hastings became unavailable in mid-October. Due to a concussion, he missed last week, but could return on Friday.

“He did a little bit in practice yesterday, so we’ll have to see how he is after that,” explained Murray. “Obviously you have to be careful with head injuries, so we’ll see how he is tomorrow.”

Murray added that for this game, full-back Oli Kebble could also return, but it would be too early for Leone Nakarawa, who is recovering from a knee injury.

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