Warriors 22-23 Sharks

Glasgow Warriors made a positive return to Firhill despite being edged out by a single point in their only home pre-season friendly against Sale Sharks.

Glasgow scored four tries to three and recorded a big victory in the confidence stakes as their new and younger players all impressed throughout the 80 minutes.

The Warriors also attracted one of their highest ever pre-season crowds as 2,290 people gathered at Firhill to check out their new look Glasgow side.

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Richie Gray battles his way through the Sale defence.

Glasgow Warriors made a positive return to Firhill despite being edged out by a single point in their only home pre-season friendly against Sale Sharks.

Glasgow scored four tries to three and recorded a big victory in the confidence stakes as their new and younger players all impressed throughout the 80 minutes.

The Warriors also attracted one of their highest ever pre-season crowds as 2,290 people gathered at Firhill to check out their new look Glasgow side.

Warriors head coach, Sean Lineen, said after the game: 'the players are only allowed one loss at Firhill and this is it. It's better getting it out the way now rather than have it at the start of the season.

"It was a real team performance, but some of the new guys like Ryan Wilson and Henry Pyrgos played very well. Federico Aramburu is excellent at reading the game_ and there were a lot of good things from Aly Muldowney in the second row.

"One thing you need from players is hard work and they certainly worked hard tonight.

'this is also a big opportunity for some players [due to certain injuries] so I was really impressed with Richie Gray."

Both sides started well, but Glasgow provided more of an attacking threat than their English visitors.

Stand-in captain, Bernardo Stortoni, chipped the ball through and Sale collected. Glasgow turned the ball back over and spun it left where new prop Ryan Grant was lying in wait.

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Max Evans crosses for Glasgow's second try of the night.

Grant had options out wide, but backed himself to make the line, which he did with two Sharks biting. Ruaridh Jackson missed the conversion. 5-0.

Sale centre Nick Macleod slotted a penalty before Glasgow struck again. 5-3.

The Warriors" attack found flanker Chris Fusaro and hooker Fergus Thomson working hard in the contact area. Thomson spun out of danger in the left corner and sparked the final assault.

Replacement Stevie Swindall crashed the ball to within inches of the line, but it was the final pass to Max Evans that became the undoing of the Sharks" defence. Jackson's conversion attempt was wide once again. 10-3.

Macleod missed his second penalty attempt before two tries in quick succession tested the Warriors" resilience.

The monstrous Anitelea Tuilagi ran in front of his own team mate, blocking the incoming tackle, and received the return pass to cross for a controversial score. Macleod missed the conversion. 10-8.

Sale's second try, only two minutes after the previous one, came from a wayward restart from Jackson. The Sharks intercepted the bounce of the ball and an easy run upfield saw Jack Forster touch down to the right of the posts. 10-15.

Half-time score: Warriors 10-15 Sharks

Only two minutes had passed before Glasgow forced their way back in front.

Swindall once again found himself in a scoring position, but an unselfish pass over the top of the final defender saw Richie Gray cross for his first try of the night. Replacement stand-off Duncan Weir converted. 17-15.

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New back-rower Ryan Wilson impressed alongside his other new team-mates.

Macleod missed yet another penalty before substitute Rob Miller followed suit just four minutes later. Miller made the scoreboard with his second attempt. 17-18.

With Weir orchestrating the backline with some slick passing and organisational play, Glasgow found their tallest player, 6ft 10in Richie Gray poaching on the wing.

Although an unlikely place for the giant second row to be found lunging towards the line, he did just that as Swindall once again sent him home. 22-18.

A Dwayne Peel try was held up just as the game entered the final 10 minutes. But after a sustained period of durable Glasgow defensive work, they finally leaked the game winning try as Tom Brady dived over on the right flank. Miller missed the conversion. 22-23.

Glasgow Warriors: Bernardo Stortoni CAPTAIN; DTH van der Merwe, Max Evans, Rob Dewey, Federico Aramburu; Ruaridh Jackson, Henry Pyrgos; Ryan Grant, Fergus Thomson, Moray Low, Aly Muldowney, Richie Gray, Ryan Wilson, Chris Fusaro, Richie Vernon
Substitutes (all used): Paul Burke, Alex Dunbar, Calum Forrester, Finlay Gillies, Rob Harley, Peter Horne, Ed Kalman, Pat MacArthur, Murray McConnell, Peter Murchie, Colin Shaw, Stevie Swindall, Kevin Tkachuk, Duncan Weir

Sale Sharks: Paul Williams; Tom Brady, Fergus Mulchrone, Nick Macleod, Ben Cohen; Matty James, Dwayne Peel; Aston Croall, Neil Briggs, Karena Wihongi, Nic Rouse, James Gaskell CAPTAIN, Carl Fearns, James Harris, Sisaro Koyamaibole
Substitutes: Kyle Tonetti, Anitelea Tuilagi, Rhys Crane, Rob Miller, Chris Leck, Jack Forster, Simon McIntyre, Marc Jones, Sean Cox, Wame Lewaravu, David Seymour, Kristian Ormsby