Glasgow'S Second Defeat By Sale

Sale Sharks 43, Glasgow 6For the second successive Friday night Glasgow suffered defeat at the hands of Sale Sharks. This time, tonight at Edgeley Park, the margin was almost twice as much as it had been last week at Hughenden.Yet, ironically, this third warm-up match, the final preliminary before the Celtic League start in Galway a week tomorrow, was another step up. Glasgow, bluntly, were not so far adrift of Sale as the final try-count of 6-0.Sale could have had even more but for last-gasp saving tackles. First, just before half-time, Rory Kerr denied Sililo Martens in left corner after Magnus Lund's interception in his own 22 and long break-out. That left the half-time score at 26-6. Sean Lamont followed suit in the second half, taking Steve Hanley out in the right corner.Lamont offered much also on the run. So did the trialist Scott Barrow, whose strength and security were valuable in midfield, and Donnie Macfadyen covered miles in support and cover, his game revitalised by his long-overdue return to the international ranks during the summer.In territorial terms they were just about level. Yet Glasgow could make nothing of position and possession apart from Colin Gregor's two penalty goals.His first, after 13 minutes, responding to Charlie Hodgson's early drop goal, was procured by Glasgow pressure in which Barrow, Lamont (twice), Sam Pinder, and Kevin Tkachuk played key roles. The stand-off's second penalty goal, after half an hour, cut Sale back to 18-6, though the home team still had time for a Hodgson penalty goal and a Mark Cueto try before the interval.Nor could Glasgow profit from the order Joe Beardshaw brought to the lineouts in the second half. Notably three close-range penalty lineouts were squandered. Gordon Bulloch was held up over the line from one, he was later inches short, and another lineout misfired.As the greatest difference between the two teams, Sale were more secure in ball-retention in contact. That put Glasgow under pressure, especially against a team such as Sale who followed the long-established principle of hitting up the middle, sucking the opposition in before striking wide out.Twice Hodgson took the direct route to put the ball wide, striking shallow, long crossfield kicks for tries by Hanley and Sebastien Chabal. The second of those, however, had more than just hint of offside in the scorer's starting position.Nor had Glasgow anyone of Jason Robinson's elusive running. He is, of course, unique. He provided the scoring pass for Dean Schofield's opening try, and he scored the last off Chris Mayor's inside feed. Most import for Sale, Robinson was always a busy threat, though at least once he felt the weight of a Lamont tackle.Sale Sharks - Jason Robinson (captain); Mark Cueto, Jos Baxendell, Robert Todd, Steve Hanley; Charlie Hodgson, Sililo Martens; Trevor Woodman, Andy Titterrell, Barry Stewart, Dean Schofield, Chris Day, Jason White, Sebastien Chabal, Magnus Lund. Replacements - Chris Mayor, Chris Rhys Jones, Mike Hercus, Bryan Redpath, Andrew Sheridan, Stuart Turner, Pierre Caillet, Sebastien Bruno, John Carter, Hugh Perrett.Tries, Schofield, Hanley, Cueto, Chabal, Mayor, Robinson; conversions, Hodgson (2); penalty goals, Hodgson (2); drop goal, Hodgson.Glasgow - Rory Kerr; Sean Lamont, Graeme Morrison, Scott Barrow, Kenny Logan (captain); Colin Gregor, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Lee Harrison, Dan Turner, Nathan Ross, Andy Hall, Paul Dearlove, Donnie Macfadyen. Replacements - Gordon Bulloch, Andrew Kelly, Joe Beardshaw, Steve Swindall, Graeme Beveridge, Andrew Henderson, David Millard.Penalty goals, Gregor (2).Referee - Steve Lander (RFU).Sale Sharks 43, Glasgow 6For the second successive Friday night Glasgow suffered defeat at the hands of Sale Sharks. This time, tonight at Edgeley Park, the margin was almost twice as much as it had been last week at Hughenden.Yet, ironically, this third warm-up match, the final preliminary before the Celtic League start in Galway a week tomorrow, was another step up. Glasgow, bluntly, were not so far adrift of Sale as the final try-count of 6-0.Sale could have had even more but for last-gasp saving tackles. First, just before half-time, Rory Kerr denied Sililo Martens in left corner after Magnus Lund's interception in his own 22 and long break-out. That left the half-time score at 26-6. Sean Lamont followed suit in the second half, taking Steve Hanley out in the right corner.Lamont offered much also on the run. So did the trialist Scott Barrow, whose strength and security were valuable in midfield, and Donnie Macfadyen covered miles in support and cover, his game revitalised by his long-overdue return to the international ranks during the summer.In territorial terms they were just about level. Yet Glasgow could make nothing of position and possession apart from Colin Gregor's two penalty goals.His first, after 13 minutes, responding to Charlie Hodgson's early drop goal, was procured by Glasgow pressure in which Barrow, Lamont (twice), Sam Pinder, and Kevin Tkachuk played key roles. The stand-off's second penalty goal, after half an hour, cut Sale back to 18-6, though the home team still had time for a Hodgson penalty goal and a Mark Cueto try before the interval.Nor could Glasgow profit from the order Joe Beardshaw brought to the lineouts in the second half. Notably three close-range penalty lineouts were squandered. Gordon Bulloch was held up over the line from one, he was later inches short, and another lineout misfired.As the greatest difference between the two teams, Sale were more secure in ball-retention in contact. That put Glasgow under pressure, especially against a team such as Sale who followed the long-established principle of hitting up the middle, sucking the opposition in before striking wide out.Twice Hodgson took the direct route to put the ball wide, striking shallow, long crossfield kicks for tries by Hanley and Sebastien Chabal. The second of those, however, had more than just hint of offside in the scorer's starting position.Nor had Glasgow anyone of Jason Robinson's elusive running. He is, of course, unique. He provided the scoring pass for Dean Schofield's opening try, and he scored the last off Chris Mayor's inside feed. Most import for Sale, Robinson was always a busy threat, though at least once he felt the weight of a Lamont tackle.Sale Sharks - Jason Robinson (captain); Mark Cueto, Jos Baxendell, Robert Todd, Steve Hanley; Charlie Hodgson, Sililo Martens; Trevor Woodman, Andy Titterrell, Barry Stewart, Dean Schofield, Chris Day, Jason White, Sebastien Chabal, Magnus Lund. Replacements - Chris Mayor, Chris Rhys Jones, Mike Hercus, Bryan Redpath, Andrew Sheridan, Stuart Turner, Pierre Caillet, Sebastien Bruno, John Carter, Hugh Perrett.Tries, Schofield, Hanley, Cueto, Chabal, Mayor, Robinson; conversions, Hodgson (2); penalty goals, Hodgson (2); drop goal, Hodgson.Glasgow - Rory Kerr; Sean Lamont, Graeme Morrison, Scott Barrow, Kenny Logan (captain); Colin Gregor, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Lee Harrison, Dan Turner, Nathan Ross, Andy Hall, Paul Dearlove, Donnie Macfadyen. Replacements - Gordon Bulloch, Andrew Kelly, Joe Beardshaw, Steve Swindall, Graeme Beveridge, Andrew Henderson, David Millard.Penalty goals, Gregor (2).Referee - Steve Lander (RFU).