Seymour ready to dazzle under Friday night lights
There’s nothing quite like a Friday night at Scotstoun.
Don’t just take our word for it, though – that’s the view of a British and Irish Lion, no less.
“Scotstoun is a fantastic place to play,” grins Tommy Seymour.
“Every player loves playing at home, but I truly believe we’ve got something special at Scotstoun.
“The changes that the club has seen have been well documented by the guys that have been here for a long time, both in terms of venue and increased attendances. It’s an amazing atmosphere.”
Seymour and his fellow Warriors will make their return to Guinness PRO14 action tomorrow evening, with the visit of Zebre heralding the end of a month-long break from competitive action. It’s been a break that the former Scotland winger believes will allow Dave Rennie’s side to kick on in their pursuit of a place in the 2019/20 Guinness PRO14 Final Series.
“I think the break has been a benefit to us, for sure,” said Seymour.
“It’s come around at a nice point in the season – we had a lot of games on the bounce, so it allowed the guys who are going to be contributing a lot over the next couple of months to get some time off and get their head away from the game a bit. It’s allowed us to refocus going into what’s going to be a big part of the season for us.
“The guys came back in last week for some fitness testing and everyone performed really well, and we’ve come back in this week with a real intensity and focus about ourselves. We want to get back out there in front of a packed Scotstoun and show the fans what we can do.”
Indeed, the Warriors will be defending an unbeaten record in 2020 when they step out onto the pitch under the Friday night lights. An entertaining win over Benetton at the start of January preceded a brace of Heineken Champions Cup thrillers, with the pulsating draw with Exeter Chiefs at Scotstoun followed by the dominant 45-7 win away to Sale Sharks.
“We’ve stepped our game up over the last few matches,” explained Seymour
“We feel like we’ve sharpened things up and on our return after Christmas we started to produce some really good rugby. We know that we’re capable of doing that, but we weren’t perhaps exhibiting that as much as we’d have liked in the first part of the season.
“We pride ourselves on scoring tries and the guys have been going out there and doing just that. We want to keep that momentum going and carry that form into the second half of the season.”
First on the agenda for Seymour and company, though, is the visit of Zebre, with the flyer having been selected on the wing by Rennie and his coaching staff. With the Warrior Nation set to turn out in force for the club’s first home Guinness PRO14 fixture of the new decade, the winger and his team-mates are determined to make it a memorable occasion.
“The level of commitment that the supporters show is incredible – even on the coldest of nights they come out and are as vocal as always!” laughed Seymour.
“It’s a huge honour to run out in front of them every time I’m selected, and the guys can’t wait to get out there tomorrow night.”