ZANDER FAGERSON has given short shrift to Scarlets complaints about the playing surface at Scotstoun last Friday night. A number of players from the Welsh region were apparently unable to train on Monday and Tuesday because of burns and blisters picked up whilst defeating Glasgow Warriors in the PRO14 play-off semi-final, but the Scotland prop says he experienced nothing untoward with the pitch during his 25 minutes on the park.
“No, I was drying my eyes,” he retorted, with a roll of his eyes, when asked if he was nursing any wounds after the match. “We train on that pitch every day and play on it most weeks and I have never had a scrape.
“I would say the forwards do more than the backs [in terms of] on the on-the-ground ruck stuff and I love it,” he added, referencing the fact that it seemed to be outside backs who were making the most noise about the pitch. “I have no problem with it, I completely endorse it and would push for other teams to get it as well.
It has been suggested that the pitch might have been dryer then usual given the weather conditions last week, but Fagerson had no time for that theory, either.
“We’ve played on it when it’s been hot, we’ve played on it when it’s been cold. I’ve got nothing but positives to say. I think a plastic all-weather pitch is great for the forwards – the surface doesn’t change whether it’s hot or rainy, it doesn’t give way,” he said
“We love it. For the fast-flowing game we want to play, it’s one of the best surfaces to play on. More teams down south are turning to them and it’s only a matter of time until more teams do that.”
Fagerson added that the shoulder injury which led to his early departure from the match on Friday night is not a cause of concern ahead of Scotland heading off on tour to the Americas at the end of the month. “It was a good a bone-on-bone collision with my shoulder – it will be fine,” he said.