Jon Petrie'S Clinching Try In Heineken Win

Glasgow 26, Sale Sharks 14Jon Petrie played his hundredth game for Glasgow tonight. But it was not that historic milestone which the Hughenden support had most to cheer about. It was his late try that secured victory when Sale Sharks were threatening to claw back Glasgow's tenuous lead in the closing minutes of the Heineken Cup tie.Glasgow had an uneasy final quarter of an hour after Nick Walshe's third penalty goal had narrowed Glasgow's lead to 19-14. Close calls on the home goal-line spanned anxiety around the ground, if not on the field. But Glasgow were resolute and resilient, and a breakout, lead by Nathan Ross, raised the final siege. The sudden turn-around led to a scrum five metres from the Sale line, and it was from that set-piece that Petrie scored the try that clinched a victory that kept Glasgow's Heineken hopes alive.Glasgow's victory ended a run of three successive defeats, all away from their Hughenden home. Afterwards, Kiwi Searancke, Glasgow's head coach, commented with relief: "We"re going the right direction again."After two games Glasgow have balanced an away defeat - last Saturday at Llanelli - against a home win. Bourgoin lead the section with wins against Sale and Llanelli, who have a record the same as Glasgow's.European competition now takes a breather until December, when Glasgow have back-to-back games against Bourgoin. These will go a long way to defining whether Glasgow can progress to the quarter-finals for the first time.Glasgow started slowly tonight. It was almost as if they had been trapped among the supporters still outside the ground at kick-off time, the queues forcing a delayed start.In the opening quarter tonight the game was certainly not flowing towards a home win. Sale had secured an 8-0 lead after 19 minutes. A quick turnover, when Glasgow lost possession at halfway, produced a try for Stuart Pinkerton in 16 minutes. Walshe missed the conversion, but he added a penalty goal three minutes later after Donnie Macfadyen had been ruled to have handled in a ruck as he tried to secure possession out of bodies fallen around a tackle.Glasgow's response, however, was swift. Petrie, from his scrummage pick-up, twisted out of a close-quarter tackle, and his drive drew in a forward surge off which Jason White ploughed over well out on the left. Yet it was still within the scope of Tommy Hayes to kick the conversion, and when he added a penalty goal from more than 40 metres six minutes later Glasgow were ahead for the first time.Hayes added two penalty goals before the interval, and Glasgow were worthy of their 16-8 lead. Their lineout was functioning well, with varied use of three main jumpers, White, Andy Hall, and Petrie, and continuity was developing with ready support for those tackling the ball into contact. Aggressive defence, too, was beneficial to the home cause, unsettling Sale's handling, though the elusive Vaughan Going proved an able deputy for the absent Jason Robinson.Glasgow had other ways of thwarting Sale. White's lineout take off a Sale throw-in five metres out was as crucial to the home cause as any hefty tackle, and when Mark Cueto chipped ahead into Glasgow's left corner Michael Bartlett swept in from the opposite flank to claim a saving mark inches from his own line.That steal by White allowed Glasgow to turn the flow as the prelude to a fourth penalty goal by Hayes, stretching the lead to 19-8. But Walshe responded with two of his own, the second after Hayes had missed from inside his own half. Glasgow's lead was down to five points, and it would have been wiped out by Cueto but for Bartlett's intervention.Sale would not give up, and churning maul off a lineout in the home 22 was denied only inches from the Glasgow line. It was here that "in your face" defence was most vital for Glasgow. That threat was turned in the home 22, Ross galloped on to ignite the breakout, Stuart Moffat kicked ahead, and Andy Henderson hacked on to force a five-metre scrum. Both Bulloch brothers, Gordon and Alan, had a go from there, as did Lee Harrison. But it was left to the centurion Petrie to plunder the clinching try. Hayes converted, extending his striking rate to six out of eight.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Michael Bartlett, Alan Bulloch, Tommy Hayes, Glenn Metcalfe; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Jason White (captain), Andrew Wilson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - David Hilton for Harrison (5-15 minutes), Nathan Ross for White (36 - half-time), Rory McKay for Wilson (49), Andrew Henderson for Howarth (61), Hilton for Blades (64), Ross for Hall (65-75 and 79).Scorers: Tries, White, Petrie; conversions, Hayes (2); penalty goals, Hayes (4).Sale Sharks - Vaughan Going; Mark Cueto, Mel Deane, Graeme Bond, Steve Hanley; Nick Walshe, Bryan Redpath (captain); Jim Thorp, Charl Marais, Barry Stewart, Chris Jones, Dean Schofield, Apollo Perelini, Stuart Pinkerton, Peter Anglesea. Substitutes - Andy Titterrell for Marais (53), Kevin Yates for Thorp (53), Richard Wilks for Perelini (64), Dan Harris for Deane (64), Stuart Turner for Stewart (75).Scorers: Try, Pinkerton; penalty goals, Walshe (3).Referee - Didier Mene (France).Attendance - 5283.Glasgow 26, Sale Sharks 14Jon Petrie played his hundredth game for Glasgow tonight. But it was not that historic milestone which the Hughenden support had most to cheer about. It was his late try that secured victory when Sale Sharks were threatening to claw back Glasgow's tenuous lead in the closing minutes of the Heineken Cup tie.Glasgow had an uneasy final quarter of an hour after Nick Walshe's third penalty goal had narrowed Glasgow's lead to 19-14. Close calls on the home goal-line spanned anxiety around the ground, if not on the field. But Glasgow were resolute and resilient, and a breakout, lead by Nathan Ross, raised the final siege. The sudden turn-around led to a scrum five metres from the Sale line, and it was from that set-piece that Petrie scored the try that clinched a victory that kept Glasgow's Heineken hopes alive.Glasgow's victory ended a run of three successive defeats, all away from their Hughenden home. Afterwards, Kiwi Searancke, Glasgow's head coach, commented with relief: "We"re going the right direction again."After two games Glasgow have balanced an away defeat - last Saturday at Llanelli - against a home win. Bourgoin lead the section with wins against Sale and Llanelli, who have a record the same as Glasgow's.European competition now takes a breather until December, when Glasgow have back-to-back games against Bourgoin. These will go a long way to defining whether Glasgow can progress to the quarter-finals for the first time.Glasgow started slowly tonight. It was almost as if they had been trapped among the supporters still outside the ground at kick-off time, the queues forcing a delayed start.In the opening quarter tonight the game was certainly not flowing towards a home win. Sale had secured an 8-0 lead after 19 minutes. A quick turnover, when Glasgow lost possession at halfway, produced a try for Stuart Pinkerton in 16 minutes. Walshe missed the conversion, but he added a penalty goal three minutes later after Donnie Macfadyen had been ruled to have handled in a ruck as he tried to secure possession out of bodies fallen around a tackle.Glasgow's response, however, was swift. Petrie, from his scrummage pick-up, twisted out of a close-quarter tackle, and his drive drew in a forward surge off which Jason White ploughed over well out on the left. Yet it was still within the scope of Tommy Hayes to kick the conversion, and when he added a penalty goal from more than 40 metres six minutes later Glasgow were ahead for the first time.Hayes added two penalty goals before the interval, and Glasgow were worthy of their 16-8 lead. Their lineout was functioning well, with varied use of three main jumpers, White, Andy Hall, and Petrie, and continuity was developing with ready support for those tackling the ball into contact. Aggressive defence, too, was beneficial to the home cause, unsettling Sale's handling, though the elusive Vaughan Going proved an able deputy for the absent Jason Robinson.Glasgow had other ways of thwarting Sale. White's lineout take off a Sale throw-in five metres out was as crucial to the home cause as any hefty tackle, and when Mark Cueto chipped ahead into Glasgow's left corner Michael Bartlett swept in from the opposite flank to claim a saving mark inches from his own line.That steal by White allowed Glasgow to turn the flow as the prelude to a fourth penalty goal by Hayes, stretching the lead to 19-8. But Walshe responded with two of his own, the second after Hayes had missed from inside his own half. Glasgow's lead was down to five points, and it would have been wiped out by Cueto but for Bartlett's intervention.Sale would not give up, and churning maul off a lineout in the home 22 was denied only inches from the Glasgow line. It was here that "in your face" defence was most vital for Glasgow. That threat was turned in the home 22, Ross galloped on to ignite the breakout, Stuart Moffat kicked ahead, and Andy Henderson hacked on to force a five-metre scrum. Both Bulloch brothers, Gordon and Alan, had a go from there, as did Lee Harrison. But it was left to the centurion Petrie to plunder the clinching try. Hayes converted, extending his striking rate to six out of eight.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Michael Bartlett, Alan Bulloch, Tommy Hayes, Glenn Metcalfe; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Jason White (captain), Andrew Wilson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - David Hilton for Harrison (5-15 minutes), Nathan Ross for White (36 - half-time), Rory McKay for Wilson (49), Andrew Henderson for Howarth (61), Hilton for Blades (64), Ross for Hall (65-75 and 79).Scorers: Tries, White, Petrie; conversions, Hayes (2); penalty goals, Hayes (4).Sale Sharks - Vaughan Going; Mark Cueto, Mel Deane, Graeme Bond, Steve Hanley; Nick Walshe, Bryan Redpath (captain); Jim Thorp, Charl Marais, Barry Stewart, Chris Jones, Dean Schofield, Apollo Perelini, Stuart Pinkerton, Peter Anglesea. Substitutes - Andy Titterrell for Marais (53), Kevin Yates for Thorp (53), Richard Wilks for Perelini (64), Dan Harris for Deane (64), Stuart Turner for Stewart (75).Scorers: Try, Pinkerton; penalty goals, Walshe (3).Referee - Didier Mene (France).Attendance - 5283.