Edinburgh spur on Glasgow Warriors, says Richie Gray

By Stevie MillerBBC Sport Nation
Glasgow warriors forward Richie Gray

Glasgow Warriors second row Richie Gray says his side will take inspiration from rivals Edinburgh as they aim for a league play-off spot.

Warriors sit fourth in the Pro12 table, a position which would see them reach the play-offs for only the second time.

And Gray says his team-mates are spurred on by Edinburgh's feat of reaching the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup.

"Those guys can't get all the glory," he said.

"I was absolutely delighted for them - great to see a Scottish team in the semi-finals - but, in saying that, it leaves us with a bit of unfinished business."

Gray also admitted the Warriors are definitely not just aiming for a play-off spot, but gunning for a second-place finish in the league.

"Second place is massive in regards of getting a home semi and the crowd at Firhill this year has been phenomenal so that's certainly something we're aiming for," said the Scotland international.

Glasgow travel to take on second-place Munster on Saturday and Gray is under no illusions as to the importance of the match.

"It's huge," he said, "Certainly, a win over Munster puts us in a great place and gives us a lot of confidence going into the final stretch.

"But we know how tough a task it is; Munster, their reputation, and their also coming off the back of two defeats, which is unheard of over there, so they'll be pushing very hard."

The lock leaves the Scotstoun-based club at the end of the season to join Sale Sharks, and admits it will be a wrench to leave after four years with the Warriors.

"It's strange," he added. "It's getting closer and closer, so I'm getting a little bit more emotional about it. I'm trying not to think about it too much, but I'm sure, the final few games, it'll all start to kick in.

"It's a big move that I've thought a lot about. Sale are certainly up and coming, they've put a lot of things in place this year, they've played some good stuff and they're sitting in a nice place in the Premiership. It's a fresh challenge for me.

"The club has given me a huge amount over the years - coaching, players, the fans have been great, so I certainly want to leave on a high."

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