Tommy Seymour ran in two tries to help ensure Glasgow Warriors will have the benefit of home advantage at Celtic Park after romping past Ulster 50-20 to claim a place in the Guinness PRO14 Grand Final.
Seymours double plus tries from Ali Price, Rob Harley, Kyle Steyn and both Horne brothers mean Warriors will have the chance to back up their 2015 title within their own city limits.
“And what can you say about Rory Best? I said before that I dont think any other player in the professional game has made as much of an impact on Ulster Rugby as Rory.”
Either Leinster or Munster await Dave Rennies men at Parkhead on May 25, but there will be no fairy-tale farewell for Ulster and Ireland skipper Rory Best, who now only has this years World Cup to look forward to before hanging up his boots.
Bests last club match ends in disaster as Glasgow embarrass Ulster in PRO14 semi-final
Glasgow Warriors “never could have dreamt” of a seven-try demolition of Ulster in the Pro14 semi-finals, says wing Tommy Seymour.
Despite the disappointment of the loss, Cunningham said the Ulster squad can be proud of their efforts and of the progress they have made from the low of last season.
Seymour scored twice for the rampant Warriors as they ran out 50-20 winners at Scotstoun to reach next Saturdays final at Celtic Park, where they will face either Leinster or Munster.
After 17 minutes Glasgow were 14-0 ahead and had enjoyed roughly 80 per cent of territory and 70 per cent of possession. It doesnt get much better than that, even if Ulster may be kicking themselves for opting to play into the wind in the first half after winning the toss.
“Were just delighted we were able to come out here after what happened last year when we let ourselves down in the semi-final.
“Weve come back here, with the incentive of the home final, and its great to give it back to the fans and everyone who has worn the jersey this season.”
Warriors scored with their first attack through Seymour, and Ali Price and Rob Harley added further scores.
Rory Best endures miserable final outing with Ulster as seven-try Glasgow run riot to seal final berth
Seymour, Kyle Steyn, and both Peter and George Horne continued the rout after the break, with counters from Marcell Coetzee, Rob Herring and Michael Lowry.
Glasgow through to home PRO14 final after demolishing Ulster
But head coach Dave Rennie felt his side had allowed Ulster to take some of the gloss off the scoreline, with two of their tries coming towards the end.
The hooker started in his sides Pro14 semi final against Glasgow this evening, with Ulster hoping to upset the odds in Scotland. They failed to show up on the day, however, and were run amuck by a rampant Warriors side.
“Im really rapt, but Im not very happy with the last 10 minutes – we celebrated a little bit early,” Rennie told BBC Scotland.
“In the end, were where we want to be. We talked about getting a home semi-final to give us the opportunity to go to Celtic Park and we shouldnt be afraid of that.
Steyn set the tone for Warriors as he spiked Ulsters lines with a 40-yard charge within seconds of kick-off. Warriors kept their foot on the gas and grabbed a third-minute opener when Adam Hastings floated a perfect pass out for Seymour, who finished with style.
The semi-final was Stuart Hoggs last match at Scotstoun, with the Celtic Park showpiece his farewell in a Glasgow Warriors shirt.
Either Leinster or Munster await Dave Rennies men at Parkhead on May 25 but there will be no fairy-tale farewell for Ulster and Ireland skipper Rory Best, who now only has this years World Cup to look forward to before hanging up his boots.
“Well make sure theres not too much hype,” Rennie added. “There will be a lot of emotion being at home, and with guys like Hoggy moving on.
“Im looking forward to sitting back at home and watching two Irish teams batter each other. Either sides going to be tough.”
There may not have been a trophy to go with his 2006 Celtic League success but the British and Irish Lions contribution to the game was marked by the appreciative Scotstoun faithful, rising to afford him a standing ovation.Their team, however, refused to show the same mercy and got in again on 68 minutes as George Horne kicked through for brother Pete to score.