Having pipped Ulster 16-14 at Scotstoun thanks to van der Merwe’s late try and Finn Russell’s touchline conversion, Gregor Townsend’s players are determined to succeed where they failed last year by going on to beat favourites Munster in the final in Belfast.
Leinster proved far too strong for them in last season’s decider in Dublin, and Pyrgos admits: “Looking back, it was maybe a case of winning the semi-final but then not turning up for the final. Leinster played really well that day, but we know that this week is all about recovering from last Friday night and getting ready to do ourselves justice in the final on Saturday. Our goal as a squad is to become the first Scottish team to lift a major trophy.”
Record try scorer van der Merwe recovered from surgery on a serious hand injury to become Glasgow’s semi-final hero. Although Saturday’s final will be his last appearance for the club before joining Scarlets next season, he wants to leave Scotland on the highest possible note.
“Glasgow has been my home for the last six years and I’ve lived here longer than I lived in Canada,” he said. “My wife is here and my little girl was born here too, so Glasgow means everything to me.
“From the start of this year, our goal has been to become the first Scottish team to win this title. You can’t be shy about it, you have to believe it.
”As our club slogan says ‘Whatever it takes’, and that’s what must happen this week.”