Glasgow’s ruthless maturity brought a half-century of points at altitude, but the longer-term issue might be the serious-looking injury sustained by Zander Fagerson in Bloemfontein.
Ali Price is “in great nick, really fit and really lean” as he attempts to put a poor 2018 behind him returning to the Glasgow Warriors starting lineup in Bloemfontein.
A 15-hour delay in getting to Johannesburg meant player briefing sessions had to be done in the air, but the Glasgow Warriors have arrived in South Africa for their two match Guinness PRO14 tour.
Dave Rennie sees Peter Horne as a 10 in his own right but also as a “minder” and organiser outside whoever is playmaker for Glasgow Warriors.
Stuart Hogg is already the poster boy of Scottish rugby – even the new streamlined "skinhead" version – for his brilliant skills but what he’s now bringing to the benefit of Glasgow and Scotland can’t be ignored, believes Dave Rennie.
Dave Rennie’s favourite “freak” George Horne and half-back partner Adam Hastings get the first look for the Glasgow Warriors in Connacht as the Guinness PRO14 season starts with orders to reproduce their form of last season.
For all that we’ve undeniably been left wanting just a little more, on the face of it Scotland’s professional rugby season has been a historic success.
Finn Russell’s exit from Scotstoun was supposed to be in glory, basking in the applause of the 10,000 fans at the Guinness PRO14 semi-final on Friday, many of them the new Warriors faithful he did a great deal to create.
Dave Rennie wants Finn Russell to “relax and do the obvious” in what is his final game at Scotstoun but Glasgow hopes will just be the penultimate in a Warriors jersey.
Dave Rennie has been in and won plenty semi-finals before, so Glasgow Warriors fans shouldn’t be concerned with the light atmosphere ahead of Friday’s PRO14 semi with the Scarlets.