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Murchie eyes top send-off for trio

Glasgow full-back Peter Murchie says the Warriors are desperate to wave off departing trio Ruaridh Jackson, Chris Cusiter and Moray Low with RaboDirect PRO12 winners' medals as leaving gifts.

Fly-half Jackson announced last week that he was joining London Wasps at the end of the season, while scrum-half Cusiter and prop Low have also agreed summer switches to England after moves to Sale and Exeter were confirmed.

Despite the news, Jackson was given a warm reception from a record Scotstoun crowd as Gregor Townsend's men held off a late charge from derby rivals Edinburgh to clinch a 37-34 win on Saturday night.

The victory put Glasgow on course for the PRO12 semi-finals after moving up to second in the table with two games to play.

Now Murchie - who scored a pair of tries against the capital club - says his side are desperate to now go on and claim overall victory in the play-offs to ensure Jackson, Cusiter and Low leave on a high.

He told Press Association Sport: "It was nice to see the reception Jacko got. The likes of him, Cuss and Moray have all been great servants to Glasgow and deserve all the accolades they get. They have been brilliant for this club.

"It would be perfect if we could send those guys off with a winner's medal.

"Now that is up to everyone else in the squad to make it happen. We are all totally motivated as a team to do it for each other."

Jackson began his farewell tour with a try as Murchie's double and additional scores from Mark Bennett and Rob Harley put the hosts in charge against Gunners.

WP Nel and Matt Scott looked to have grabbed mere consolation tries until a pair of late touchdowns from Tomas Leonardi and Tim Visser in the final three minutes almost drew Edinburgh - who were twice reduced to 14 men after both Izak van der Westhuizen and Mike Coman were sin-binned - level in a dramatic finale.

"Our defence coach Matt Taylor isn't too happy with us after allowing those two late tries to be scored," Murchie said. "We should not be letting that kind of thing happen. We will have to do better going forward."

The defeat meant Edinburgh had won just two of their last 10 fixtures, but Scotland centre Scott insisted the team could take confidence from their late rally.

"The last couple of weeks we have lost games and come in afterwards feeling like we haven't played much rugby, which just rubbed salt into the wounds," he said.

"But after the Glasgow match, we knew we had played our hearts out and come up with some good stuff.

"We scored four tries against the best defence in the league so it just shows we are a dangerous team, especially when we get our offloading game going.

"Glasgow scored five tries and in years gone by we could have capitulated. But, towards the end of the game, they looked pretty worried. We were in it right until the end and I'm proud of the guys for that."


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