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Welsh thrilled with Glasgow triumph

Published 31/05/2015

Departing Glasgow Warriors prop Jon Welsh signs off with a Guinness Pro12 winner's medal
Departing Glasgow Warriors prop Jon Welsh signs off with a Guinness Pro12 winner's medal

Glasgow prop Jon Welsh believes the Warriors' Guinness Pro12 title triumph is their reward for refusing to settle for second best.

Gregor Townsend's team became the first Scottish professional outfit to win the competition after beating Munster 31-13 in Belfast.

Retiring skipper Al Kellock ended a fairytale story by lifting the trophy in his last ever match - 12 months after the Scotstoun side fell at the final hurdle as they went down to Leinster in Dublin.

But Welsh - who signs off with a winner's medal before making his summer switch to Newcastle - explained Townsend and his squad simply did not accept that coming close was as good as it got.

The 28-year-old the Glasgow club's YouTube channel: "We lost out last year but we kept building and raising the standards.

"We knew what we had to improve on to make that next step and become champions.

"Each year I have been at this club the details have gotten finer. We worked on those areas and it's now paid off.

"This win has not sunk in yet. It's amazing. I'm now moving on and it means so much to me. How else can you end a career at a club? This is massive."

The Warriors scored four tries to blow their Irish opponents away and full-back Stuart Hogg claimed the key to his side's victory was their ruthlessness in attack.

The British and Irish Lion - who missed last year's final after being dropped by Townsend - said: "It's amazing. We had a goal at the start of the year to win this league and it's a brilliant feeling to have now done it.

"All week we have been working hard towards this and we have been calm and collected the whole time.

"That showed in our performance. We got some cracking tries early doors and then really shut Munster out."

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