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Glasgow Warriors save best for last but fall just short

Here was a lesson for Glasgow Warriors in the dangers of leaving their best until last. This polished bonus-point victory in their final match of a Champions Cup pool campaign in which they have blown hot and cold with near clockwork regularity put Dave Rennie’s men into the eighth and final Champions Cup quarter-final qualifying spot on Saturday night – but their hopes of being involved in the knockout stage were dashed on Sunday afternoon when Saracens defeated Racing 92 27-24 to leapfrog them in the rankings.

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Glasgow Warriors' Leone Nakarawa scored an early try but is tackled here by Sale Sharks' Rob Webber and Jake Cooper-Woolley. Picture: Dave Howarth/PA

Sale 7-45 Glasgow: Warriors need a favour from Finn Russell

It is a waiting game now for Glasgow Warriors after they did all they could to secure a place in the last eight of this season’s Champions Cup by cruising to a comfortable bonus-point win against a youthful Sale Sharks side at AJ Bell Stadium, meaning that they are relying on both Saracens and Gloucester losing their final pool matches on Sunday afternoon in order to make the last eight.

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Petrus du Plessis, right, alongside Zander Fagerson during training at Glasgow Warriors. Picture: Mark Scates / SNS

Glasgow veteran Petrus du Plessis shows value of good scrummaging

Glasgow Warriors’ bonus point win away to Treviso last Saturday was a reminder of how important the scrum still is in modern rugby. While there were six well-taken tries and some excellent defence from the away team, the decisive moment in the match was when veteran prop Petrus du Plessis trotted off the bench after five minutes of the second half to shore up a scrum which was in danger of getting blown away.

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Despite the weather, Leone Nakarawa was  delighted to be back at Scotstoun yesterday following his return to Glasgow Warriors. Picture: SNS/SRU

Leone Nakarawa happy to be home in Glasgow after his ‘three-year holiday’

Leone Nakarawa says it felt like he had hardly been away when he joined up with the Glasgow Warriors squad for training this week. The Fijian superstar lock has returned to the club where he first made his mark as a professional player between 2013 and 2016 after being sacked by Racing 92, and says that not even the hostile weather conditions can dampen his mood.

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John Barclay, centre, and his Scotland team-mates celebrate with the Calcutta Cup. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Fittingly, John Barclay ends his Scotland career on his own terms

John Barclay made his international debut just over 12 years ago as part of a sacrificial Scotland team sent out against the All Blacks, so that the senior side could be rested ahead of the team’s vital final 2007 World Cup pool match against Italy six days later. However, his association with the senior national team had begun three years earlier when, just after his 18th birthday and only a few months after leaving Dollar Academy, while playing for Glasgow Hawks 2nd XV – he was called into the extended training squad for the 2004 November Test series.

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Stuart Hogg will be giving Exeter the lowdown on his former Glasgow team-mates when the clubs clash on Saturday. Picture: Getty.

Glasgow Warriors believe they can exploit weaknesses in Stuart Hogg’s defence against Exeter

Having been there throughout Stuart Hogg’s Glasgow Warriors journey from precocious teen prospect to one of the biggest names in world rugby, Kenny Murray has a deep understanding of just how much of a threat the full-back will be when he lines up for Exeter Chiefs against his old club in Saturday’s European Heineken Champions Cup clash at Sandy Park – but the defence coach points out that this familiarity can also give a valuable insight into where the weaknesses in his game lie.

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