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January 18, 2020

Sale Sharks 7 - 45 Glasgow Warriors

Champions Cup match played at AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday January 18th 2020 | No comments

Sam Johnson's try secured the try bonus
Glasgow kept their hopes of Champions Cup progression alive with a bonus-point win over Sale Sharks this afternoon.

Warriors dominated the opening period and went into the break 21-0 in front thanks to Leone Nakarawa, Fraser Brown and DTH van der Merwe tries.

Sam Johnson then crossed the whitewash to seal the bonus point before Jake Cooper-Woolley went over for Sale.

Glasgow were always in control, however, and added another two tries through Jonny Gray and George Turner to secure a comfortable win which saw Adam Hastings kick six conversions and a penalty.

The success moves them into the final best-placed runners-up spot, but Dave Rennie's men will need both Saracens and Gloucester not to win on Sunday if they are to reach the quarter-finals.

Having seen the Sharks field a weakened team, Warriors started on the front foot and put their inexperienced opponents under sustained pressure.

They consistently got quick ball and it was not long until the Warriors had scored their first try when Van der Merwe broke down the left. Although the wing was hauled down, Nakarawa was on hand to score and provide the visitors with the lead.

Half-backs Ali Price and Hastings were dictating proceedings superbly and Sale were unable to cope. That pressure soon resulted in a yellow card as Jono Ross was sin-binned for leading with the forearm before it soon became a 14-point buffer.

Glasgow set up a maul, charged towards the line and the hosts failed to prevent Brown from crossing the whitewash.

The Sharks attempted to get back into the encounter, taking advantage of some Warriors ill-discipline to move into the away side's 22, but the Scotsmen were stout in defence.

Rennie's charges forced the English outfit into errors while the PRO14 team were clinical in attack and good hands allowed Van der Merwe to charge over the line.

Although Nakarawa was sin-binned for a series of team indiscretions, Sale were not able to capitalise and instead the visitors added to their score with the bonus-point try early in the second half. Price benefited from some further slack defence by the hosts to take a quick tap penalty and Johnson eventually touched down.

The game was over at that point but the home side responded with a well-worked effort. It started with Denny Solomona's break down the right touchline and, despite being taken down short of the whitewash, Cooper-Woolley rewarded the wing's good work by going over. Tom Curtis added the extras.

There was still a huge gulf in quality in the respective teams, however, and after Hastings had extended Glasgow's lead with a three-pointer, Gray and Turner touched down - the second a superb individual effort - to rubber-stamp a much-needed victory.

Referee Pascal Gauzere (France)
Man of the Match Ali Price
Aki Seiuli
Fraser Brown
Zander Fagerson
Scott Cummings
Jonny Gray
Leone Nakarawa
Tom Gordon
Ryan Wilson
Ali Price
Adam Hastings
DTH van der Merwe
Sam Johnson
Huw Jones
Kyle Steyn
Glenn Bryce
George Turner
Oli Kebble
Adam Nicol
Robert Harley
Chris Fusaro
George Horne
Peter Horne
Nikola Matawalu
Match Substitutions
Off On
Ryan Wilson Robert Harley
Off On
DTH van der Merwe Nikola Matawalu
Off On
Aki Seiuli Oli Kebble
Off On
Fraser Brown George Turner
Off On
Ali Price George Horne
Off On
Tom Gordon Chris Fusaro
Off On
Sam Johnson Peter Horne
Off On
Zander Fagerson Adam Nicol
Leone Nakarawa Try 
Adam Hastings Conversion
Fraser Brown Try 
Adam Hastings Conversion
DTH van der Merwe Try 
Adam Hastings Conversion
Sam Johnson Try 
Adam Hastings Conversion
Adam Hastings Penalty
Jonny Gray Try 
Adam Hastings Conversion
George Turner Try 
Adam Hastings Conversion