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Glasgow snapping at Leinster's heels atop URC table with Sharks win

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Glasgow Warriors' Stafford McDowall. (Photo by Bob Bradford - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Glasgow Warriors strengthened their hold on second place in the BKT United Rugby Championship with a 21-10 win against the Hollywoodbets Sharks.

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First-half scores from George Horne, Max Williamson and Kyle Steyn looked to have left Warriors in good shape to go on to claim a bonus point.

But they were shut out after the restart by a largely second-string Sharks side who added their second try through Ntutchuko Mchunu to make for a nervy conclusion around Scotstoun.

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Dan Jooste had scored in the first period for the Durban side who had left many of their Springbok internationals at home to prepare for their forthcoming EPCR Challenge Cup semi-final.

Glasgow had been frustrated by a doughty Sharks defence in their first few attempts to get over the line but the pressure eventually told.

Horne was alert to the possibilities as he took a quick tap penalty before burrowing his way over the line from close range. The scrum-half converted his own score.

The home side continued to push for a second try and it eventually arrived off the back of a flowing team move.

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Facundo Cordero fielded Tom Jordan’s wayward pass and weaved his way towards the line before offloading to Zander Fagerson.

When Jack Dempsey was then held up, the Scotland number eight had the awareness to shove a pass to Williamson who crossed the line. Horne again converted.

Sharks, however, to their credit, did not fold and enjoyed a sustained period of pressure in the Glasgow 22.

Repeat infringements from the home side kept them out but at the expense of a yellow card shown in Scott Cummings’ direction.

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With Warriors reduced to 14 men, Sharks took advantage with Jooste crashing over to get his team on the board. Curwin Bosch missed the conversion effort.

There was still time for Glasgow to score again before the half was out. With the clock in the red, it all came down again to Horne’s quick thinking.

The scrum-half’s first pass found Sione Tuipulotu who was held up but Horne’s second ball to Steyn allowed the Warriors captain to burst beyond Murray Koster to score. Horne again made the extras.

The second half was a scrappy affair, with neither side able to get into any kind of rhythm.

It was Sharks who scored the only points, a terrific run from prop Mchunu finishing with him stretching for the line.

Siya Masuka missed the conversion attempt as Glasgow held on to record a hard-fought victory.

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Jon 1 days ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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