Tonight was a great effort from the boys - Rennie
Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie paid tribute to his side’s accuracy in attack following their 45-7 victory over Sale Sharks this evening, a result that maintained the club’s hopes of place in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals.
Roared on by a vocal Warrior Nation, Rennie’s men ran in six tries to secure a potentially vital bonus-point under the floodlights at the AJ Bell Stadium.
“Tonight was a great effort from the boys,” said Rennie.
“We made a statement early on and generated some quick ball, and we were clinical.
“I thought we looked after the ball really well. We gave away a few penalties which was frustrating and put us under pressure, but our tempo and ability to create quick ball made us difficult to handle.”
The returning Leone Nakarawa marked his first appearance since re-signing by opening the scoring with just two minutes on the clock, with the Fijian one of a host of Warriors to catch the eye on a memorable night in Salford.
“It was great having Leone out there tonight – to score with your first touch was pretty special,” said Rennie.
“We were throwing a lot of offloads tonight. He’s pretty special, isn’t he?
“Jonny [Gray]’s worked a lot on his footwork to try and get in behind defences, and his carrying is getting better and better. Scott Cummings is going to be a fantastic international lock, and we’ve been rapt with those guys for a while now.
“Aki Seiuli was terrific for us, too – we’ve got a lot of guys that made a lot of tackles and hit a lot of rucks tonight.”
Glasgow now require favours from a brace of French outfits on Sunday; if Racing 92 and Toulouse get the better of Saracens and Gloucester respectively, the Warriors will book their place in the last-eight of Europe’s premier club competition for a second successive season.
“If we’d got five points last week we’d have been in a good position, but we did what we could tonight,” said Rennie.
“We’ll see how the cards fall tomorrow. We need Toulouse to beat Gloucester and Racing to beat Saracens, so we’ll see what happens. Hopefully those results go our way and we get through to the quarter-finals.”
“We’ve played some good rugby over the last three or four weeks. We were disappointed with the way we started the Guinness PRO14, but we’ve been attacking really well and that’s our game.
“We’ve got to be really accurate around our skill set, and we were good tonight.”