Glasgow Suffer Shark Attack

Sale Sharks 45, Glasgow 3Glasgow dropped out of Europe this evening, and heavy was their fall. Six tries were conceded, and none was scored in reply against Sale Sharks in the Heineken Cup tie at Heywood Road.Going into the game, Glasgow needed to win stay in the hunt for a quarter-final place. Instead, it was the Sharks who looked as though they were still cup contenders. Yet they had lost all four of their previous Heineken matches this season.With Glasgow out of the running, only Llanelli and Bourgoin can now qualify from pool 3. The Welsh club took over pole position by beating the French side at Stradey Park by 37-22, also this evening.In a week's time Llanelli will be at Hughenden seeking a win to secure top place in the group, and Glasgow's performance at chilly Heywood Road tonight gave no indication that the Welsh club would go home unhappy. Quite simply, Glasgow have lost the purposeful, positive rugby by which they started their competitive season with four successive Celtic League victories, two of them in Wales.Three of Scotland's selectors/coaches, Hugh Campbell, Alan Tait, and Derrick Grant, were in the audience, and they, certainly, could not have left Heywood Road with any positive cheer. They saw only a Glasgow game that was mainly flat, lacking pace, with only rare hints from Jon Steel, Jason White, Andrew Wilson, and, belatedly, Roland Reid.Yet Glasgow started this evening's game as if they had it in them to go on to the win they needed. Long, swift passes to the left all but let Stuart Moffat and Jon Petrie in at the left corner.All they gained from that speedy start was a Tommy Hayes penalty goal after three minutes, the ball bouncing over off the crossbar, and that was their lot for the evening. The rest of the game belonged almost exclusively to Sale.Bryan Redpath and Charlie Hodgson dictated the flow, Graeme Bond hammered the midfield defence, and Jason Robinson was always a threat whenever he had the ball. The full back scored one try, opening the second-half blitz, and later, breaking out from close to his own goal-line, he released Mark Cueto on a long thrust on the right before Vaughan Going scored on the other flank.Glasgow made too many handling errors and lost too many turnovers to compete. The first crucial error was Moffat's knock-out fielding a kick in the Glasgow 22. The ensuing scrummage was the source for Bond to make the break for Cueto's opening try after 19 minutes. Hodgson converted, the first of the stand-off's seven successes out of eight kicks.Hodgson's only failure followed almost immediately, a penalty that rebounded off woodwork, but Sale still profited. Scrummage ball in the Glasgow 22 provided the means for Steve Hanley to squeeze in at the left corner.When Petrie was sin-binned Hodgson kicked the penalty. In the space of six minutes Sale had turned a three-point deficit into a 17-3 at half-time.Immediately before Petrie returned to the field, just before half-time, Dean Schofield was sent to the bin, but Glasgow could not exploit the advantage. Instead, four minutes into the second half, Robinson ran in from 35 metres for his try off Mel Deane's half-break.Andy Titterrell added to the tally seven minutes later, the hooker running up the left touchline from a short lineout ploy more than 40 metres out. A series of substitutions interrupted the flow for more than 20 minutes. But Going and Hodgson finished off with tries in the last 10 minutes, the stand-off ghosting through off a close-range lineout for a match tally of 20 points.Sale Sharks - Jason Robinson; Mark Cueto, Mel Deane, Graeme Bond, Steve Hanley; Charlie Hodgson, Bryan Redpath (captain); Jim Thorp, Andy Titterrell, Barry Stewart, Iain Fullarton, Dean Schofield, Pete Anglesea, Richard Wilks, Alex Sanderson. Substitutes - Stuart Turner for Stewart (52 minutes), Jos Baxendell for Bond (54), Nick Walshe for Redpath (54), Chris Jones for Anglesea (54), Charl Marais for Titterrell (60), Apollo Perelini for Wilks (66), Vaughan Going for Hanley (68).Tries, Cueto, Hanley, Robinson, Titterrell, Going, Hodgson; conversions, Hodgson (6); penalty goal, Hodgson.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalf; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Stuart Moffat; Tommy Hayes, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Jason White, Andrew Wilson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Roland Reid for Metcalfe (52), Gordon Simpson for Petrie (54), Cameron Blades for Hilton (54), Andy Nicol for Beveridge (58), Nathan Ross for White (67), Fergus Thomson for Gordon Bulloch (74), Calvin Howarth for Henderson (78).Penalty goal, Hayes.Referee - Huw Watkins (Wales).Sale Sharks 45, Glasgow 3Glasgow dropped out of Europe this evening, and heavy was their fall. Six tries were conceded, and none was scored in reply against Sale Sharks in the Heineken Cup tie at Heywood Road.Going into the game, Glasgow needed to win stay in the hunt for a quarter-final place. Instead, it was the Sharks who looked as though they were still cup contenders. Yet they had lost all four of their previous Heineken matches this season.With Glasgow out of the running, only Llanelli and Bourgoin can now qualify from pool 3. The Welsh club took over pole position by beating the French side at Stradey Park by 37-22, also this evening.In a week's time Llanelli will be at Hughenden seeking a win to secure top place in the group, and Glasgow's performance at chilly Heywood Road tonight gave no indication that the Welsh club would go home unhappy. Quite simply, Glasgow have lost the purposeful, positive rugby by which they started their competitive season with four successive Celtic League victories, two of them in Wales.Three of Scotland's selectors/coaches, Hugh Campbell, Alan Tait, and Derrick Grant, were in the audience, and they, certainly, could not have left Heywood Road with any positive cheer. They saw only a Glasgow game that was mainly flat, lacking pace, with only rare hints from Jon Steel, Jason White, Andrew Wilson, and, belatedly, Roland Reid.Yet Glasgow started this evening's game as if they had it in them to go on to the win they needed. Long, swift passes to the left all but let Stuart Moffat and Jon Petrie in at the left corner.All they gained from that speedy start was a Tommy Hayes penalty goal after three minutes, the ball bouncing over off the crossbar, and that was their lot for the evening. The rest of the game belonged almost exclusively to Sale.Bryan Redpath and Charlie Hodgson dictated the flow, Graeme Bond hammered the midfield defence, and Jason Robinson was always a threat whenever he had the ball. The full back scored one try, opening the second-half blitz, and later, breaking out from close to his own goal-line, he released Mark Cueto on a long thrust on the right before Vaughan Going scored on the other flank.Glasgow made too many handling errors and lost too many turnovers to compete. The first crucial error was Moffat's knock-out fielding a kick in the Glasgow 22. The ensuing scrummage was the source for Bond to make the break for Cueto's opening try after 19 minutes. Hodgson converted, the first of the stand-off's seven successes out of eight kicks.Hodgson's only failure followed almost immediately, a penalty that rebounded off woodwork, but Sale still profited. Scrummage ball in the Glasgow 22 provided the means for Steve Hanley to squeeze in at the left corner.When Petrie was sin-binned Hodgson kicked the penalty. In the space of six minutes Sale had turned a three-point deficit into a 17-3 at half-time.Immediately before Petrie returned to the field, just before half-time, Dean Schofield was sent to the bin, but Glasgow could not exploit the advantage. Instead, four minutes into the second half, Robinson ran in from 35 metres for his try off Mel Deane's half-break.Andy Titterrell added to the tally seven minutes later, the hooker running up the left touchline from a short lineout ploy more than 40 metres out. A series of substitutions interrupted the flow for more than 20 minutes. But Going and Hodgson finished off with tries in the last 10 minutes, the stand-off ghosting through off a close-range lineout for a match tally of 20 points.Sale Sharks - Jason Robinson; Mark Cueto, Mel Deane, Graeme Bond, Steve Hanley; Charlie Hodgson, Bryan Redpath (captain); Jim Thorp, Andy Titterrell, Barry Stewart, Iain Fullarton, Dean Schofield, Pete Anglesea, Richard Wilks, Alex Sanderson. Substitutes - Stuart Turner for Stewart (52 minutes), Jos Baxendell for Bond (54), Nick Walshe for Redpath (54), Chris Jones for Anglesea (54), Charl Marais for Titterrell (60), Apollo Perelini for Wilks (66), Vaughan Going for Hanley (68).Tries, Cueto, Hanley, Robinson, Titterrell, Going, Hodgson; conversions, Hodgson (6); penalty goal, Hodgson.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalf; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Stuart Moffat; Tommy Hayes, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Jason White, Andrew Wilson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Roland Reid for Metcalfe (52), Gordon Simpson for Petrie (54), Cameron Blades for Hilton (54), Andy Nicol for Beveridge (58), Nathan Ross for White (67), Fergus Thomson for Gordon Bulloch (74), Calvin Howarth for Henderson (78).Penalty goal, Hayes.Referee - Huw Watkins (Wales).