Semis heartache fuelling Ryder’s fires

Guinness PRO12 Editor

21 May 2012



Glasgow’s Tom Ryder admits there’s a feeling of unfinished business in the Warriors squad despite reaching the RaboDirect PRO12 semi-finals this season.

The Warriors capped an impressive campaign by finishing fourth in the RaboDirect PRO12 table but came unstuck against Heineken Cup champions Leinster, going down 19-15 in Dublin.

Ryder’s performances in the second row were crucial and he did not go unnoticed, having been named in the RaboDirect PRO12 Season 2011/12 Dream Team.

And while the Warriors exceeded pre-season expectations by coming so close to a place in the final, Ryder, who is set to make his international debut on Scotland’s summer tour of the southern hemisphere, is desperate for improvements next season.

“There was disappointment, we did have a real opportunity and it was only 9-3 with 25 minutes to go, we came very close,” Ryder told

“The only way you can get through these situations is look back on it and think about what went wrong and improve.

“We’ve got some good new additions to the squad and we’re moving to Scotstoun and get a real rugby atmosphere here and I’m looking forward to it.”


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