Dave Rennie's Glasgow Warriors lead Pro 14 rugby championship after fourth consecutive win

Former Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has led his new club Glasgow Warriors to the top of the Pro 14 rugby standings.
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Former Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has led his new club Glasgow Warriors to the top of the Pro 14 rugby standings.

Dave Rennie's dream start to his European coaching career has continued with his Glasgow Warriors team going top of the Pro 14 table after a 27-point win over Munster.

Glasgow thrashed the Irish club 37-10 in Glasgow on Friday (Saturday NZ Time) to remain unbeaten under Rennie.

The former Chiefs coach was "stoked" at the achievement but said his side could still improve.

"Our clean-out was better, we got quicker ball, we defended fantastically and created a lot of turnovers which we used well," Rennie told BBC Scotland.

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"But we have a long way to go.

"If you'd asked me four weeks ago, you win your first four games, I'd have been stoked.

"We have played some pretty strong sides. We know we can be a lot better than this but I'm happy we made some good shifts tonight."

Former Manawatu and Hurricanes flanker Callum Gibbins starred for Glasgow, making a break down the right wing to set up a try for Lee Jones.

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Scotland first five-eighth Finn Russell kicked 17 points, converting all four Warriors tries and slotting three penalties.

Rennie's Chiefs coaching partner Kieran Keane watched his Connacht team lose 17-15 to the Cardiff Blues at home in Galway after former Hurricanes midfielder Willis Halaholo ran in two tries for the Welsh club.

Kiwis Isa Nacewa and Jamison Gibson-Park were back in the Leinster lineup for the club's second game in South Africa after visa issues prevented them arriving in South Africa in time for the previous encounter against the Southern Kings.

But they could not prevent Leinster losing 38-19 to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

Former Tasman Makos favourite Marty Banks came off the bench to kick a match-sealing penalty as Bennetton Treviso beat Ospreys 16-6, giving the Italian club - coached by former All Black Kieran Crowley - a second successive win.

Ulster grabbed eight tries in a 52-15 thrashing of Wales' Dragons but, surprisingly, former All Black Charles Piutau, a prolific scorer for the Irish team, did not make the scoresheet.

ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP

Todd Blackadder's Bath crashed to a home defeat against the Newcastle Falcons in their second straight loss in the English rugby premiership.

Bath lost 33-32 at home on Saturday (Sunday NZ Time) after turning a 19-0 deficit into a 32-19 lead.

The Falcons struck back with tries to Chris Harris and Mark Wilson in the final quarter, with Joel Hodgson landing the conversion for the winning points.

Bath were playing their first game without head coach Tabai Matson, who has returned to New Zealand for family reasons.

Blackadder, the Somerset club's director of rugby, said Bath's effort was "just not good enough".

"Missed tackles, no physicality, one-off running and getting turned over. We were compounding error after error. We're better than that. I know we are," Blackadder told BBC Sport.

"At 32-19 it was really simple. We had the game in the bag but we continued to play and make simple errors, letting them back into the game.

"It's so disappointing because that is not what we set out to do."

Meanwhile, Kiwi fullback Telusa Veainu scored a try in the Leicester Tigers' 31-28 win over Harlequins in London.

European champions Saracens thrashed Sale 41-13 but lost England No 8 Billy Vunipola to a knee injury before halftime.

Gloucester - fielding New Zealanders Jason Woodward, Willi Heinz and John Afoa - held on to beat bottom team Worcester 24-19 on Friday (Saturday NZ Time).

FRENCH TOP 14

Vern Cotter's winning start  ended when his Montpellier club were thrashed 47-17 by Bordeaux Begles.

Former Auckland first five-eighth Simon Hickey scored 27 points for home side Bordeaux from a try, five conversions and four penalties.

Former All Blacks Jason Eaton and Victor Vito got on the scoresheet as La Rochelle racked up eight tries in a 57-12 shellacking of Oyonnax.

Eaton was yellow carded in the 71st minute.

Pau - with former All Blacks Conrad Smith, Colin Slade and Jamie Mackintosh joined in the lineup by compatriots Frank Halai and Daniel Ramsay, collected a third consecutive win, beating Agen, 20-14.

Halai scored a try and Slade added a conversion for Pau, coached by ex-All Black Simon Mannix.

Fijian wing Alivereti Raki collected his fourth try in two games as champions Clermont Auvergne had a 23-21 win over a Racing 92 team missing Dan Carter.

 - Stuff

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