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2019 Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finalists Glasgow Warriors host 2019 Challenge Cup semi-finalists Sale Sharks on Saturday in a Pool 2 meeting between two in-form European sides.
You can watch the match from Scotstoun live and exclusively from 13:00 GMT on BT Sport and beIN SPORTS.
- Dave Rennie (Glasgow): “It’s obviously a big thing from a Scottish perspective, both us and Edinburgh making it through to the final eight. It’s a tough competition, obviously we’re pretty keen to build on what we did last year, so we’re going to have to play really well but we’ve got a tough pool.”
- Steve Diamond (Sale): “They play a quick style of play – it’s not in the ruck for more than two or three seconds and [it’s] multi-phased – so if your ‘D’ isn’t right, if you’ve not got your line-speed right, then we could have a hard day at the office. So, we’ve got to make sure we have those principles in place.”
🗣 "We’re pretty keen to build on what we did last year, so we’re going to have to play really well…"
Dave Rennie has high expectations for @GlasgowWarriors ahead of their #HeinekenChampionsCup Round 1 duel with @SaleSharksRugby 🤜🤛https://t.co/iD75CYuANZ
— Heineken Champions Cup (@ChampionsCup) November 12, 2019
- These two sides have faced each other twice previously back in 2002/03 with both home sides winning in their two pool stage meetings.
- Glasgow have won eight of their last 10 home games against Premiership opposition in the Heineken Champions Cup, although one of them came against eventual champions Saracens last season.
- Sale will be back in the Heineken Champions Cup for the first time since the 2016/17 season.
- Adam Hastings played more minutes than any other Glasgow player in the Heineken Champions Cup last season and finished with 61 points.
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Glasgow opened their Champions Cup Pool 2 campaign with a hard-fought but deserved 13-7 victory over Sale at Scotstoun despite a late charge from the Sharks.
Glasgow dominated the opening period with Sale hardly able to get out of their own territory in the first half-hour.
Fly-half Adam Hastings made the pressure count with two penalties inside that period to put them 6-0 ahead before Sale enjoyed their best spell of the half without being able to make it count on the scoreboard.
A hard-fought win at Scotstoun and we have our first four @ChampionsCup points in the bag 💪 pic.twitter.com/aK7Qb8EieP
— Glasgow Warriors (@GlasgowWarriors) November 16, 2019
A penalty eased the pressure on the home line and from a midfield move centre Sam Johnson took a poor pass and timed his delivery to winger Daniel Van der Merwe superbly and he strode in to score. Hastings again converted as Glasgow held a 13-0 half-time advantage.
Sale brought on Chris Ashton and Rob du Preez in a bid to increase their threat in attack and they were back in the game on the hour mark.
Glasgow full-back Tommy Seymour lost possession near his line and from the resulting scrum replacement Coenie Oosthuizen forced his way over with AJ MacGinty converting.
61 | Sale set a good platform fro the scrum and Coenie Oosthuizen goes over to score.
#GLAvSAL [13-5] | @UKFast pic.twitter.com/6UqgzIICeg
— Sale Sharks🦈 (@SaleSharksRugby) November 16, 2019
The Sharks visibly lifted but Glasgow, whose defensive effort was magnificent throughout, held on in a tense finish to score a richly deserved success.
Glasgow travel to Exeter Chiefs next Saturday as they bid to keep up the momentum while Sale will try and kick-start their campaign when they host La Rochelle on Sunday.
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