Rennie pleased with his side's effort as they secure play-off berth

Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie was delighted with his side’s performance in their 37-23 victory over Toyota Cheetahs, a result that secures his side’s place in the Guinness PRO14 playoffs.

The home side ran in five tries to secure a try bonus-point against a dogged South African outfit, to the delight of a sold-out Scotstoun.

“I thought it was an excellent effort,” said Rennie.

“We played without the ball for a long part of the game and really got in their face, forcing a lot of mistakes. I thought our positional play was really strong – Adam [Hastings] had a great game, putting us in the right areas of the park, and we were pretty clinical when we got our opportunities

“A lot of our kicking options were smart. They would have anticipated us playing a lot of football and I thought we mixed it up really well. I felt at half-time, 15-10 up, we’d had a lot of the play which wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard. I thought it was a really mature performance.”

In addition to the performance of his fly-half, Rennie also praised the midfield tandem of man-of-the-match Nick Grigg and Sam Johnson, who returned to action following ten weeks out with a broken jaw.

He said: “That’s a really strong midfield pairing. I know people talk about how many players we’re missing, but we had a really good side out there tonight – a good mix of experience and youth.

“Prior to Sam’s broken jaw, he was probably our form midfielder, so it was great to see him back tonight. Nick’s had a great season too, and he was really strong with and without the ball tonight.”

Also returning to the starting lineup were second row duo Tim Swinson and Scott Cummings, both of whom made a successful return to action following time in the treatment room.

“Again, it gives us a little bit of a harder edge,” said Rennie.

“For those big men to play as many minutes as they did tonight, it just shows how hard they worked in recovery.

“It’s been a hell of a road back for Tim since getting injured back in November, so it’s exciting from our point of view, getting a few boys back tonight and hopefully a few more in the next couple of weeks.”

The Warriors are back in action next week as they travel to Munster, with the Irish province leading those looking to chase down Rennie’s men in Conference A. With a number of impressive performances to mull over, the Glasgow head coach admitted there would be competition for places in the days to come.

He said: “There’s always pressure for selection, so we’ll have a look at all the footage over the next few days.

“We’ll look to take a really competitive side over there next week.”