Barclay - We can push on
Barclay believes Glasgow's 'Killer Bs' can continue fine form for Scotland
Last Updated: March 21, 2010 5:11pm
Barclay: Playing well
John Barclay believes Glasgow's 'Killer Bs' can go on stinging opponents for years to come as Scotland's back-row combination.
The openside flanker, along with Warriors team-mates Kelly Brown and Johnnie Beattie, had never started a Test match together before Scotland's RBS 6 Nations opener against France.
But they have gone on to keep their places for the entire campaign and further enhanced their burgeoning reputations by helping their country to a magnificent 23-20 victory in Ireland on Saturday.
Along with Beattie and Saracens-bound Brown, Barclay sees no reason why the trio cannot be the long-term solution to what had previously been a problem area for the Scots.
"If we play well for our clubs then yeah," said Barclay.
Beattie also hailed the contribution of the trio and wants to continue their good form for Glasgow.
He said: "It's the first chance we've had, the three of us, to play together on this kind of stage.
"We've loved every minute of it and just want to get back to Glasgow and keep doing the same."
But despite earning comparisons with the world's best, Barclay and Beattie are refusing to take their positions for granted.
"It's going to be tough for us," admitted Beattie, singling out the likes of Allister Hogg, Dave Callam, Richie Vernon and James Eddie as competition.
"I was chatting to Kelly two days ago and he was worried about going back (to Glasgow) and losing his place.
"We've got to go back and earn it again."
Adding Alasdair Strokosch and Ross Rennie to the list of challengers, Barclay said: "There are guys who will have seen the (Ireland) game and want to be part of it."
Beattie went into the Six Nations as one of a number of players whose Test-playing credentials had been called into question.
He had won only four caps in three years before Andy Robinson took charge last summer but is one of just five men to have started every game under the new head coach.
Barclay added: "Johnnie's really stepped up this season.
"I'd say he's one of the best number eights in the tournament.
"Kelly's just working away like he's always done.
"It's great to see these guys get the rewards on the international stage."
Saturday's victory ended Scotland's wait for a win in this season's tournament and Barclay hailed the significance of the result.
He said: "It's almost like a club atmosphere with the guys and, to get the result, you could see how much it meant to everyone."