Glasgow prop Petrus Du Plessis savoured his first game in a year as he helped the Warriors to five points in Italy.

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The former Saracens player moved to Scotstoun last summer on a joint player-coaching role but the 38-year-old had not been required to pull his boots on until Saturday’s clash with Benetton in Treviso.

And it turned out to be a gentle reintroduction to action as Dave Rennie’s side cruised to a bonus-point 38-19 win.

Scrum-half George Horne stole the headlines with a brace of tries but veteran Du Plessis was just as pleased with his own contribution.

He told the Warriors’ official website: “I enjoyed every minute. It’s not hard for me to get up for games like this.

“I don’t have many left and this gave me a chance to gain respect from the players. Scrum is what I’m good at and in my first scrum we got the penalty which lifted the energy.

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“I left it all out there today and I’ve got a nose to show for it.”

Petrus still sees room from improvement for next week’s Heineken Champions Cup clash against Exeter, adding: “There were a few tries that we shouldn’t have let in.

“We’ll take a look and learn from them going into Exeter next weekend.

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“We will take lots of positives from this but Exeter are a well-drilled side and we’ll need to step up again this weekend if we are to walk away with the win.”

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