Glasgow head coach Dave Rennie could take plenty of positives from their 45-7 win over Sale despite failing to make the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals.
Warriors ran in six tries in Salford as they kept alive their hopes of qualifying as one of the three best runners-up on Saturday night.
However, they needed two results to go their way on Sunday and the first went against them in the dying stages as Saracens came from behind to beat Racing 92 by three points.
Rennie will be able to console himself with the impact made by Leone Nakarawa on his first appearance since returning to the club from Racing. The Fiji lock opened the scoring inside two minutes.
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“We made a statement early on and generated some quick ball and we were clinical,” Rennie said.
“It was great having Leone out there – to score with your first touch was pretty special.
“We were throwing a lot of offloads tonight. He’s pretty special, isn’t he?”
Jonny Gray was also on the mark to leave Rennie delighted with his full second row.
“Jonny’s worked a lot on his footwork to try and get in behind defences, and his carrying is getting better and better,” Rennie added.
“Scott Cummings is going to be a fantastic international lock, and we’ve been rapt with those guys for a while now.”
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