August 21, 2010
Glasgow Warriors 22 - 23 Sale Sharks
Friendly match played at Firhill on Friday August 20th 2010 | 13 comments
Henry Pyrgos made an impressive start for Glasgow Warriors Sean Lineen has warned his absent Scotland players that they face a battle for places after Glasgow Warriors lost 23-22 to Sale Sharks.
Glasgow were without several internationals through injury against the English visitors.
And the Warriors coach sent on his academy players for the second half of the pre-season friendly at Firhill.
"These boys take the bull by the horns and make it hard for those guys when they come back," said the Glasgow coach.
"We scored four cracking tries. Each one was well-crafted and we have worked really hard on that in pre-season, playing the game at a high tempo and I am really happy from that point of view."
Despite Glasgow scoring one more try than Sale, it was the English side who came from behind for a deserved win.
However, Sean told BBC Scotland: "You don't win points in pre-season, we have to blood the players."
The coach highlighted Richie Gray, Stevie Swindell, Freddie Aramburu and Duncan Weir for their contribution.
Weir shared the fly-half post with Ruaridh Jackson as Glasgow look to fill the void created by Scotland international Dan Parks' move to Cardiff.
"Duncan Weir - what an outstanding prospect, the way he controlled the game - he can kick the ball," he said of the player signed from Glasgow Hawks.
Another summer signing, Henry Pyrgos, who joined from Loughborough University, also impressed at scrum-half in the absence of injured Scotland captain Chris Cusiter.
And the 20-year-old said: "It was really nice to get my first game out of the way.
"I've never played at this level before and you notice the pace and the physicality is a lot different and it is a big step up for me.
"After 20 minutes, I was really tired. Beforehand, I was really nervous to get the first few passes out of the way to make sure they go in the right direction.
"After that, you relax and it is just another game of rugby. The few senior boys that are in the side definitely helped beforehand.
"I felt that we were on the front foot a lot of the time and we were not under that much pressure."
Included in the Glasgow squad was Sale scrum-half Will Cliff who played most of the second-half. With Chris Cusiter sidelined for the immediate future the 21-year-old could be set for a loan move to the Warriors.
I'm pretty sure it was Duncan Weir that converted the try.
I thought Ruaridh Jackson was outstanding last night. He had the line moving and controlled the game well. Wier was also good in a different more Parks-esk type way but I think Jackson could be a Lions contender if he continues to improve. Early days but you heard it here first!
Superb effort all round but i'm still not sold on Swindall. He looked clumpy and unfit. I didn't see too much to shout about from him but then I'm not the coach and if Lineen says he's worthy of praise.... I simply do not see it.
Funny how we all get different takes on the game - always hard to spot good performers when the game is as disjointed as it was last night with the Sale subs, but I thought Jackson was poor - gave slow ball, punting and restarts were dreadful and positionally questionable - left our defensive line exposed a number of times. I thought Weir looked more in control and generally sharper around the park and has a boot to get you out of trouble
I think Sean and Shade will be pretty pleased overall by what they saw last night - particularly from the majority of the new signings. Pyrgos was confident and his delivery was sharp and snappy - he looks as though he has a good rugby brain. Muldowney also impressed - for the second game running (Dundee HSFP last time out) he showed an excellent pair of hands and a willingness to get stuck in. He certainly looks an ample replacement for Barker and Turner. The star tun for me was Arambaru - what he may lack in physical stature he more than makes up for in terms of his game awareness, and he seemed really difficult to put to ground. On one occasion in the second half he snuffed out an overlap with a brilliantly timed tackle - very promising.
A wee plea before the season starts: lets be positive on here about BOTH Jackson and Weir. For long enough people moaned in Scotland about what Dan Parks COULDNT do, then suddenly we realised last year that he was very good at what he COULD do. Jackson and Weir are VERY young, in terms of age AND game time, and therefore will not get it right all the time. But being criticised by fans will not help them improve - applaud their good stuff, celebrate their skills, and leave the weaknesses for the coaches to work on. And who knows in 2 or 3 years time we could be talking about 2 international stand offs.
Absolutely right. When I read the Herald yesterday morning listing the departure and injury absences I wondered how the team would cope albeit with very mixed opposition. But to see that we have two young stand offs ready to battle for the jersey; a new scrum half who looked totally at home at this level; the "seasoned pro" Richie Gray pooping up on the end of two pasing moves to score; Bernie wee brother on the wing; etc. etc. Most of all the attitude they brought to the pitch was encouraging. Sure this season is going to be difficult with the limited resources we have and all the injuries, but there is a future for a lot of these youngsters.
Impressed by a number of things.......Pyrgos, Aramburu,Wilson & Muldowney of the new guys did well. Thought when I saw the team on paper we might get humped, but the team played well, at a high tempo, though they gave away too many freekicks/penalites & the tries were well worked. Sorry sunday5 I thought Jackson was dreadful - slow ball to centres, poor goalkicking, poor touch finding, even from penalties. Weir got the game moving & his kicking was generally long & good & Glasgow did win the second half! Mind you, Leinster will be a different test entirely & hopefully some of the old hands will be fit for that game. However - promising for the future.
Sometimes I wonder how we all see things so differently. I thought Jackson had an excellent half, with his distribution and defence top class. His kicking was inconsistent, perhaps not a surprise given that he was coming back from an ankle injury. Weir also played well, with his kicking really excellent, but was over exuberant in defence, leaving gaps for Sale to exploit. I see Mike Brewer has singled out Jackson for praise - not a great surprise, given how dreadful Sale's backs were. Personally I think the forum, especially at this stage, should accentuate the positive and focus on the fact that we have two young and talented fly halves.
Jackson missed some place kicks last night that your granny could hit - the reality is we'll get killed in the Magners without a reliable goalkicker. I remember the days when Paterson used to miss kicks from in from of the posts - so its not to say Jackson cant improve - but he has to work on that aspect of his game and fast.
I thought Weir edged it - howitzer of a boot on him - but its very early days for both of them.
Also very impressed with Pyrgos and Aramburu. Badly missed big Richie Gray when he went off. But on the whole an encouraging performance - compared to last season there was no Parks, Thom, Kelly, Beattie, Barclay, Welsh, Big Al, Dougie Hall, G-Dog and Cusiter - not far off the entire first team.
Good point about missing Richie when he went off.
Don't know why they bothered with lineout calls. After 3 minutes everyone in the ground knew that whatever the call the throw was going to Richie.
Won't take Magners teams longs to catch onto that.
At last, young N°10 (and many other posts)on the pitch at pro level.
The one thing I thought would've made the game better is if Welsh was involved in the punch up! He seems like the kind of guy you want at your shoulder...
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