Franco Smith hopes the injuries suffered by Johnny Matthews and Oli Kebble aren’t as serious as they first looked after both picked up ankle knocks against Sharks.

Matthews needed help walking off the pitch early in the second half and looked to be in considerable pain while Kebble’s big night also came to an end prematurely. He had made his 100th appearance from the bench in the second half but couldn’t continue after also injuring his ankle in the 21-10 victory.

Jack Dempsey was another who was replaced but Smith was keen to point out that there was no injury and he just wanted to give him a rest.

With four games left of the regular season and then the playoffs, Smith is hopeful they will be able to play a part in the end of the campaign.

When asked about Matthews, he replied: “It was a disappointing finish to his and Oli’s night, but it doesn’t look that bad. From where we sit now, there are still seven or eight weeks, still time for these guys to get back.

“Hopefully that’s not that serious. Let’s let the medical team do their job and we will have a better idea on Monday.

“Both of them were ankles. With Jack, when I saw what the scoreline was I decided to get him off his feet. Guys like Tom Gordon at that point would also bring something different to what we did as well.”

The victory over Sharks wasn't Glasgow at their free flowing best and they were unable to get the bonus point they needed but Smith was still happy with what he got from his team and insists they have to be content with just winning some times. 

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He added: “I’m always happy with a win. We get spoilt here at Scotstoun now - even the atmosphere in the changing room was one of opportunities missed. That’s good, but if you win every game you will not lose, so we’ll take it from that perspective.

“I said before the game that the Sharks would be tough to beat. Especially in the second part of the game they brought on some good players and their linespeed in defence troubled us.

“That’s one of the big learnings we take out of this - if teams change the way they defend against us, we need to be able to adapt.”

Glasgow now travel to Italy to face Zebre next week before two games in South Africa but despite having three games on the road, Smith doesn’t plan on rotating his squad too much.

He used tonight to try out Kyle Rowe at full back with Josh McKay suffering from illness, although the Kiwi could have made it if he was really needed.

And there will be an opportunity for fringe players to play with a mix of Glasgow and Edinburgh’s A teams set to take on Georgian side Black Lion on Thursday in a bounce game.

He continued: “With Ollie Smith being injured, we must look at alternatives for Josh. When he pulled up ill, it was an ideal opportunity to bring Kyle in - he had previously only played full back against Wales this season.

“It was important to give him a run there - let’s see how it develops this week, we might even go into next week with a similar strategy. I don’t want to make any promises.

“Josh has recovered. He trained very well on Thursday and Friday. If it was a final, I could have recovered him, but it gave us an opportunity to see what we might do if something happens to him in the remaining games.

“We are getting into the execution side of things. There will be a lot of opportunities, with the A team playing on Saturday and in a combined game with Edinburgh against Black Lion next Thursday. 

“There will be opportunities for the whole squad to put their hands up for selection. We have a specific objective and specific plan to make sure we are primed and ready when the finals do arrive.”