Glasgow Warriors learned from previous losses, says Rob Harley

Rob Harley crosses the line for the opening try against Munster in Belfast
Rob Harley crosses the line for the opening try against Munster in Belfast

The memory of past defeats helped Glasgow Warriors win rugby's Pro12 final against Munster in Belfast, according to Rob Harley.

Harley scored a first-half try to establish a 21-10 half-time lead of a pulsating final in Belfast on Saturday.

"The experience we've had over the previous couple of seasons kept us grounded," he told BBC Scotland.

"We've been there in the past few years... and the message was we had to play better in the second half."

Glasgow had lost two semi-finals in successive seasons before being defeated in last year's Pro12 final by Leinster.

Prior to the interval at the Kingspan Stadium, Harley's try had been built upon by further scores from DTH van der Merwe and Henry Pyrgos, though Andrew Smith had crossed the line for Munster to narrow the gap to 11 points.

Sean Lamont and Al Kellock arrive in Glasgow on Sunday morning with the Guinness Pro12 trophy
Sean Lamont and Al Kellock arrive in Glasgow on Sunday morning with the Guinness Pro12 trophy

Glasgow withstood second-half pressure and an Ian Keatley penalty that reduced the gap to eight points before Finn Russell scored Glasgow's fourth try of the match and Duncan Weir knocked over a penalty for a 31-13 victory.

Flanker Harley added: "It was definitely nice to have played well in the first half and to have scored a few tries and have a lead.

"[Head Coach] Gregor [Townsend] told us at half-time we had to go out and finish the job and luckily we out and were able to do that."

Harley revealed that the whole squad was not able to celebrate together in Belfast or Glasgow because of a fault with the plane.

"The whole squad had flown out and a lot of our families were out, but the plane with the rest of the squad and the families had managed to go to Glasgow and we were slightly later," he said.

"Apparently the battery was dead on our plane so we were grounded overnight. It split the squad in half when it was planned was to have us all together to celebrate."