YOUNG tyro Stuart Hogg has thrown down the gauntlet for the coming campaign after scoring for Glasgow Warriors in their victory over Newcastle Falcons, writes Gavin Gibbon.
Despite a busy summer at the youth World Cup in Italy, the former Greens star was selected as a replacement in Sean Lineen’s squad for last Friday’s pre-season match against the Falcons.
And while he admitted he didn’t expect to play much of a part in proceedings, an early injury to Peter Murchie saw him thrust into the action after half-an-hour.
He said: “I was told earlier in the week that I was going to be involved and I was very pleased that my pre-season work had paid off. The game tempo was unbelievably quick and the boys were looking sharp.”
And things got better for the teenager when he cut a short line off Duncan Weir, broke a tackle and scored in the corner, helping his side to a 17-7 win.
Looking ahead to their next warm-up match against English giants Sale, he added: “We deserved to win and that gives us great confidence going into the Sale game.”