Ali Kellock - a blog by Andrew Richardson

So a strong Glasgow side took apart Ulster in the second half. They needed four try's to get that converted home semi final. They did it in great style too. Stuart Hogg's try was clearly the greatest bit of individual skill in a thrilling game. A chip over Paddy Jackson and a foot race down the touchline with a flying wingers dive across the White wash. But no-one was as influential as Ali Kellock. The Glasgow stalwart was in the refs ear constantly, and as you may imagine pleading innocence! He is a captain that all captains should measure themselves by. Some of the decision making was sublime and he put Ulster to the sword. Pressuring a faltering Ulster pack, missing Franco van de Merwe and a Rory Best, Calum Black etc etc. He called for scrum after scrum until the Ulster forwards could not muster the energy to break away and a tired back line let in a brilliant run from Finn Russell. During the game Ali was talking, always talking. His scrum half Matawalu was missing. Paul Marshall was dominating him. Ali took him away read the riot act and low and behold, a quick tap and go and Matawalu made 25-30 metres. What make Glasgow such a strong team is how Gregor Townsend has them playing. At a breakdown a lone Ulster winger on his own try to dislodge 1 then 2 then 3 of the Warrior pack! Glasgow played as though this wasn't going to be the last time Scotstoun sang and cheered for Ali Kellock. They have their wish. Ali will lead out the Warriors on Friday night against an Ulster team hurt, but bolstered by names like Ruan Pienaar, Rory Best, Paddy Jackson et al. I wish Ali Kellock the very best for the future. If you doubt his love of rugby, or of the city of Glasgow two points. 1. Catch yerself on! He is Mr Glasgow after all and 2. Watch Him when he turned up with Scott Quinnell and Will Greenwood in the School of Hard Knocks programme on Sky.

 

  1. A beast to play against no doubt, missed? Absolutely. Thankyou Ali