When Duncan Weir stepped up to land a long-range penalty and salvage a second losing bonus point for Glasgow in Pretoria on Saturday, the veteran fly-half insisted he felt no nerves despite the high stakes. 

Securing the losing bonus points meant Glasgow kept their grasp on top spot on the United Rugby Championship table despite Leinster’s thrashing of Ospreys that followed on Saturday evening.  

But Weir said it was just like landing any other kick.  

He said: “Whatever the scenario is, it doesn’t faze me that much as I go through my processes to perfect my technique. I’m glad I hit it well.” 
When the former Scotland international was thrown on by Franco Smith to replace Tom Jordan with about a dozen minutes remaining, the game was all-but gone with Glasgow 37-17 behind.  

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Moments after Weir came on, Sebastian Cancelliere intercepted a wayward pass and raced clear for Glasgow’s third try.  

Just three minutes later, the result was in the balance after Weir himself went over for the all-important fourth try, rounding off a terrific move started by Stafford McDowall’s midfield break, carried on by Sione Tuipulotu and Josh McKay, then finished by the replacement fly-half.  

Weir’s 12-point haul saw him become just the third player in Glasgow’s history to surpass the 900-point mark, alongside Dan Parks and Tommy Hayes.  

After admitting his team-mates were “flat” when he was introduced, Weir reflected on an "exciting” cameo.  

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He said: “My job at 10 is to unlock the backs and I thought we seen the backs get a lot more ball in that second half.  

“You saw a lovely pass from Tom [Jordan] to Kyle [Steyn] and Stafford McDowall making a line break and linked with Seba [Cancelliere].  

“We have really exciting backs and I knew if I could get them on the ball and involved as many times as possible against a tiring defence, they would cause problems. 

“It was about geeing them up and making sure they were going to get more touches on the ball and were ready for it.” 

Weir and his Glasgow colleagues know they now need two wins from their final two fixtures to guarantee top spot and a quarter-final at Scotstoun.  

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Asked if winning both games, starting with the Lions in Johannesburg next weekend, Weir was adamant that is an achievable goal.  

He added: “We don’t go into any game not favouring ourselves to get a result. The plan might change but as a collective of players we are confident in our ability to go and perform well.  

“At this stage of the season we know the plan. We know what each other is doing, we know the systems and if you don’t you will get found out pretty quickly by Franco or one of the other coaches.  

“Now it is just about living those systems those team structures and bringing them to live in our remaining game.  

“We are building on that week-to-week and we are still learning every week how to get better and there is a growth mind set in this team.  

“We are in a very good place as a group of players.”