Ross Thompson wins man of the match on his first start for Glasgow Warriors

Ross Thompson marked his first start for Glasgow with a composed performance which yielded 13 points and the man-of-the-match award.

Glasgow Warriors' Ross Thompson kicked three penalties and two conversions. Picture: Ross MacDonald/SNS
Glasgow Warriors' Ross Thompson kicked three penalties and two conversions. Picture: Ross MacDonald/SNS

The 21-year-old stand-off’s accuracy with the boot - he kicked three penalties and two conversions - was key in the Warriors’ 23-22 win over Edinburgh in the second leg of the 1872 Cup.

Glasgow have squandered match-winning opportunities in recent weeks through missing simple kicks at goal, with Brandon Thomson culpable on a couple of occasions. But his near namesake look assured in front of the posts and earned high praise from his coach.

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“As a young lad to come into this type of derby game, he did well and his goal-kicking was really good,” said Danny Wilson.

“On the whole, he fired some shots and played some rugby. There is obviously still lots for him to develop and work on. But for his first opportunity at this level, coming out of the academy, it was a pleasing performance from him.”

Thompson, a product of Stewart’s Melville College in Edinburgh, was quick to thank his more experienced team-mates for their support, in particular his half-back partner Ali Price.

“I was pretty nervous to begin with but everyone inside and outside me definitely helped,” said the stand-off. “Ali was really good, he took over a lot of the kicking duties.

“He just keeps talking the whole way through, which definitely makes it a lot easier for me.

“Our scrum gave us a really good platform, and so did the maul, which definitely helped us get the win in the end.”

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