Sale Play a game of stick in the mud

The away trip to Harrogate looked less like a potential banana skin and more like a mud bath.  The pitch was badly cut up in places and at times players seemed to be moving in slow motion.  However, Harrogate came out ready to play and within five minutes, Harrogate ghosted through some tackles and were up 5-0 which was duly converted. Ten minutes later after sustained pressure they earned a penalty which put them 10-0 up and it looked like Sale might be in for a very long afternoon.

Fortunately after 25 minutes in and pretty much the first time Sale managed to string some passages of play together without making a mistake, Jack crossed the line for 10-5 and converted by Liam to 10-7. In all reality, if Harrogate had stuck a few more passes we would have gone into the break 3 or 4 tries down rather than only 3 points in it.

A great way to welcome a visiting team

After the break Sale came out with more power and precision.  Even though the conditions still didn’t encourage running rugby, Sale were applying pressure and pressing quickly, this lead to two quick tries from handling errors committed by Harrogate within their 22. Firstly the ever prolific Jack Moorhouse pounced on a mistake 49 minutes in and secondly Chris Johnson went over for a try less than 4 minutes later touching down following a passage of play that no Harrogate player will want to think about again.  The final five minutes saw Harrogate pressing Sale inside the 22 and applying pressure to the scrum which seemed their best chance of scoring the try to give them losing bonus point, but Sale were resolute yet again in defence and held them out to record a very satisfying win in pretty difficult conditions.


Interview with Liam McGovern (c)

Interview with Paolo and Ben

Photos from Sale V Harrogate


Date Time League Season
18/02/2017 2:00 pm National 2 North 2016-2017


Pannal Rd, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1DL, UK


Sale FC330021Win


Position T C P DG

Sale FC

Player Position T C P DG
Dan BirchallProp0000
Ollie Longmore Hooker0000
Laurence Sanderson Prop0000
William DaviesLock0000
Matt PostlethwaiteLock0000
Gaz RawlingsFlanker0000
Adam AigbokhaeFlanker0000
Tom AilesNumber Eight0000
Sam Stelmaszek Scrum-half0000
Chris JohnsonCentre1000
Paolo OdogwuWing0000
Scott RawlingsCentre0000
Jack MoorhouseCentre2000
Ciaran ConnollyWing0000
Liam McGovernFull-back0300
Joseph Kelly Prop0000
Ben Martin -0000
Druw FrayFlanker0000
Matthew Neary-0000
Christopher Townsend Scrum Half0000
Total 3300

KO 25 26 49 50 53 54 63 73 78 FT