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Recap

Sale extend lead at the top

Sale travelled across the Pennines for this rearranged fixture against Huddersfield with the picturesque Yorkshire venue bathed in sunshine.

The Beautiful Setting of Huddersfield Rugby Club

The game started fairly evenly with both defences forcing a number of errors but the visitors were first to affect the scoreboard as the reliable boot of Chris Johnson made no mistake with two penalties.

Gareth Rawlings was already having an influential game in the second row and, following his good work stealing the ball in a ruck, Tom Ailes galloped deep into the home side’s territory before off-loading for Sam Stelmaszek to scamper in for the first try.

Sale’s defence, a major strength all season, then survived a sustained period of Huddersfield pressure before the blue and whites broke out to devastating effect with Matt Bradley making good yardage before releasing Adam Aigbokhae to race in.

HT Huddersfield 0 Sale 20

Sale started the second half on the front foot and were soon awarded another penalty which Chris Johnson kicked to extend the lead.

However, the Yorkshiremen were proving resilient opponents and another period of considerable pressure, during which Sale’s Adam Aigbokhae was shown a yellow card, was eventually rewarded with a try and conversion.

The table toppers were not be derailed though as they went through phase after phase before moving the ball out wide for Jon Blanchard to plunge over the line. This is John’s first ever senior try for the club, a momentous occasion for the ex m&j player.

The only question remaining was whether Sale could score a fourth try and achieve the additional bonus point but, despite Huddersfield being reduced to 13 players late on, they could not quite seize the opportunity, with Tom Ailes try being ruled a double movement.

FT Huddersfield 7 Sale 28

Yet another win on the road extended Sale’s winning run to 15 games and increased the gap at the top of National League 2 North to 5 points, with nearest rivals Stourbridge losing in a high scoring game at Tynedale.

Next week we travel to Luctonians who languish at the bottom of the table. Sale FC were in the same position two years ago and know how hard they’ll be fighting to stay in National 2 North.

 

Details

Date Time League Season
24/02/2018 3:00 pm National 2 North 2017-2018

Venue

Huddersfield
2 Brewery Dr, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD4 6EN, UK

Results

TeamTriesConversionsDGPenaltyPointsOutcome
Huddersfield11007Loss
Sale FC320328Win

Huddersfield

Position T C P DG
 1100

Sale FC

Player Position T C P DG
Dan BirchallLoosehead Prop0000
Neil BriggsHooker0000
Joseph KellyProp0000
William DaviesLock0000
Gaz RawlingsForwards0000
Adam Aigbokhae -1000
Andrew Hughes-0000
Tom Ailes-0000
Matthew Bradley-0000
Chris JohnsonCentre0320
Chris Owen-0000
Jack Moorhouse-0000
Chris MayorCentre0000
Sam StelmaszekWing1000
Mark Lawrence-0000
Jonty Rawcliffe-0000
Christian Taylor-0000
Jake Barron-0000
Matthew SimpsonFull-back0000
John Blanchard Jr-1000
Total 3220
T
1
3
C
1
2
P
0
2
DG
0
0

KO FT