Sale overcome Preston Grasshoppers

Sale now have as many wins (12) this season as they did for the whole of last season with one home game to go before we finish 2016. In fact last season Preston beat us away and drew against us at home so this weekend’s result was a pleasant reversal of fortunes.

Even though there were three tries and a penalty try for Sale in this fixture it wasn’t a spectators game.  Perhaps it was the fact that we were on a second team pitch stood ankle deep in the mud or the heavy pitch which kept the wingers honest, either way, it was a game for the purest not the newly converted.

Preston were a tough team who created few chances but defended resolutely throughout.  We could just as easily have lost this game and if it were last year, we probably would have.  There were a few flash points and a five yellow cards (three for us).

High points included the step up from the 2nd XV for Druw Fray who managed to make his debut for Sale 1st XV for picking up a yellow card 30 minutes after coming on as a substitute for Gaz Rawlings who went off injured. All in all this was a pleasing win against a strong team who really shouldn’t be propping up the National 2 North League Table.

Preston Grasshoppers

Position T C P DG
 1000

Sale FC

Player Position T C P DG
Tom Davenport-0000
Ollie Longmore Front Row1000
Dan BirchallLoosehead Prop0000
Gaz Rawlings Forwards0000
Chris JohnsonCentre0100
Jack MoorhouseFull-back0000
Tom Ailes-1000
Matt PostlethwaiteLock0000
James Bache-0000
Liam McGovern -0300
Joseph Kelly Prop0000
Matthew SimpsonFull-back0000
Christopher Townsend Scrum Half0000
Scott RawlingsCentre1000
William DaviesLock0000
Jonathan EdwardsWing0000
Tom Leader -0000
Laurence Sanderson Tighthead Prop0000
Sam Stelmaszek Scrum-half0000
Scott Briggs Hooker0000
Druw Fray Flanker0000
Total 4400