Category: National 1

Johnny Leota: My National One experience.

Johnny Leota (c) John Marfleet/Sale FC Squad Pictures 2018/19

With Johnny Leota being an integral part of the Sale FC Rugby squad this season during our first season in National League One, and being a member of the Sale Sharks squad too.

Talking Rugby Union caught up with Johnny Leota to find out about his time in National League One with the blue and whites, and also life after rugby including Johnny gaining a degree in Business Leadership and Management.

To read more about Johnny’s National League One experiences and also his first column for Talking Rugby Union please follow the link here

Ampthill 57 Sale FC 12

Amps Dominate Sale Outscoring The Visitors nine tries to two at Dillingham Park writes Warren Kay, Ampthill Senior Rugby Publicity Officer

Neil Briggs throwing in at the lineout to Sale Captain Andy Hughes (c) Ampthill Rugby

After going behind to an early try Ampthill dominated the game scoring 9 tries and leaving several more on the park.

From the kick off Sale retained the ball well showing good structure to move the ball deep into Amps territory. A sweeping move through the hands from left to right saw a fine unconverted try scored in the right corner on 5 minutes by centre Moorhouse.

A’s took the game away from the visitors with 5 tries before half time. Wing Sam Baker scored a brace with two good finishes (8 minutes, 16) from open play. Scrum half Kevin Barrett sniped on 21 minutes from a red zone breakdown before Baker celebrated his hat trick on 25 minutes. Centre Ollie Morris to completed the scoring for the half after he was in support to receive the final pass in the 38th minute. Full back James Pritchard, playing the penultimate game of his illustrious 19 year career, converted all Baker’s tries leaving the score 31-5 at oranges.

The second half was more of the same with the home side adding 4 more tries through fly half Josh Sharp (47, 75), replacement hooker Syd Blackmore (51) and replacement scrum half Euan McKirdy (73). Pritchard adding the extras for all but Blackmore’s.

In between the 57th minute saw a fine try from Sale’s centre Dunn, converted by fly half Povey.

The hosts were in control in the tight and the loose while the defence held a concerted second half effort from the visitors whose heads never dropped.

Old Elthamians managed a bonus point win away at Bishop’s Stortford which forces the title fight to go down to the wire of the last round of fixtures. Ampthill need 1pt against Loughborough on April 27th to secure promotion to the Championship!

Head Coach Paul Turner comments “A pleasing performance, especially after the poor second half at Moseley the week before. We played some good football against a committed side but let a chance or two go begging. Our defence was good in the second half and both half backs had excellent games.

Ampthill
Tries:- Baker (8,16,25), Barrett (21), Morris (38), Sharp (47, 75), Blackmore (51), McKirdy (73)
Conversions:- Pritchard (9, 17, 26, 48, 74, 76)

Sale
Tries:- Moorhouse (5), Dunn (57)
Conversions:- Povey (58)

Half Time:- Ampthill 31 Sale 5
Referee:- Mr James Clarke
Attendance:- 882
Man of the Match:- Josh Sharp, Ampthill

Sale FC 31 Plymouth Albion 22

Sale FC Rugby almost certainly seal their place in National League One with a solid five point display against their Devonian visitors.

Try Scorer Neil Briggs scoring the bonus point try (c) Mark Ferriss Photography

Sale FC secured their place in National League One for a second season with a hard-fought win over Plymouth Albion at the CorpAcq Stadium on Saturday.

Both teams found difficulty in establishing a rhythm in the opening minutes, Sale scoring first on 12 minutes following a break by winger Paolo Odogwu whose powerful run was halted by a somewhat cynical high tackle by Plymouth full back Dan Powell.

The resulting penalty was skillfully dispatched into touch close to the corner flag by fly half Emiliano Calle Rivas and from the resulting line out, Sale drove to the line, Stone Priestley – Nangle scoring the opening try.

Within 2 minutes Plymouth full back Dan Powell found space to run clear and level the scores. Sale quickly re-established a slender lead with a Calle Rivas penalty on 15 minutes.

The two sides effectively cancelled each other out during the next period of play until Plymouth gained the advantage following a sustained attack which culminated in the unlikely figure of prop forward James Kenny appearing in the back line and finding a large enough gap in the Sale defence to slip through and score.

The try was converted by fly half Connor Eastgate.

Having edged ahead, the visitors were unable to retain the lead for long as Sale winger Odogwu created space for himself to break clear and sprint 70 metres to score under the posts. Calle Rivas added the extra points.

With just one minute to play before half time, Plymouth regained the lead with a try by Eastgate to give the away team a slender 17 points to 15 lead going into the second half.

A Calle Rivas penalty restored Sales lead which was extended when Robbie Povey scored with a penetrating break from 25 metres.

Robbie Povey going over for his try after bursting through the Plymouth defence (c) Mark Ferriss Photography

What might have been a pivotal moment came minutes later when Sale prop Dan Birchall was shown a red card having been adjudged to have stamped on an opponent.

The incident seemed to galvanise the home side who defended with tremendous spirit and then broke to within 5 metres of the Plymouth line.

Sale captain Andy Hughes disrupted the away team’s lineout throw, hooker Neil Briggs on hand to scoop up the ball and score giving Sale’s 14 men an 11-point cushion.

Plymouth substitute Frank Kelly reduced the deficit with a try after some slick handling by Plymouth. As the match entered the closing 10 minutes, numerical parity was established as Plymouth replacement Will Norton was shown a yellow card.

Povey was successful with his penalty kick leaving Plymouth with a 9-point gap to close.

Sale stuck manfully to their task showing tremendous spirit to close out the game and securing a bonus point win to guarantee League One rugby next season.

Sale FC celebrate Neil Briggs’ bonus point try (c) Mark Ferriss Photography

To watch the highlights from the game please use the link here

Sale FC Rugby v Plymouth Albion

Here is Saturday’s team announcement for the National One game against Plymouth Albion.

Team for Saturday’s game against Plymouth Albion at the CorpAcq Stadium (c) Photos Courtesy of Sale FC Rugby and Leo Wilkinson @Esher Rugby

This Saturday Sale FC Rugby play against National League One rivals Plymouth Albion in the penultimate home game of the season. With everything still to play for in terms of relegation, Sale are looking to bounce back after defeat by bottom side Esher Rugby last weekend.

From the team last weekend there are a number of changes to the side that faced Esher, including the return of Neil Briggs after his playing ban to the Hooker role. There is also a return to the starting line up for Emiliano Calle Rivas and Ed O’Keeffe to the Fly Half and Wing positions respectively.

For more team news, please use the following link here

Sale FC v Esher Rugby

Here is the team announcement for the game against Esher Rugby tomorrow at Molesey Road.

Team selected to face Esher at Molesey Road this Saturday (c) Sale FC Rugby 2019

This Saturday sees a number of changes to the side that overcame Chinnor Rugby at home last Saturday afternoon. In all there are two changes to the starting line up with returns to action for the duo of Anthony Bingham (wing) and Ryan Parkinson (No.8) who have been injured in recent weeks.

In addition to the two changes in the starting line up, there is also the inclusion of Jonty Rawcliffe into the matchday squad.

After last week’s excellent performance against Chinnor Rugby, that saw the home side secure the maximum five points. It is hoped that Sale’s form will continue on the road against the side currently ranked bottom of National League One.

For more team information please follow the link here