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Sale hit fifth gear against Chinnor.

Sale FC Rugby secured a five point victory over the visitors Chinnor Rugby in a fine display at the CorpAcq Stadium.

Sale’s Jack Moorhouse gets to grips with Chinnor’s Latu Maakafi (c) Sale FC Rugby Photos 2019

Sale FC took a huge step towards safety in National League 1 with an impressive victory over mid table side Chinnor.

The opening exchanges saw a combination of resolute defending and unforced errors in equal measure, neither side being able to take advantage until, in the 17th minute, Sale prop Simon Griffiths was penalised at the ruck allowing Chinnor’s Bertie Hopkin the opportunity to kick for goal which he duly accepted.

Sale were penalised at the restart conceding possession to Chinnor. The Sale defensive effort soon reaped rewards forcing two penalties in quick succession, the latter in Kieron Wilkinson’s goal kicking range.

Captain Andy Hughes, however, chose to go for the corner, his positive approach rewarded with a try from hooker Christian Taylor, converted by Wilkinson.

Sale clearly looking to play expansive, entertaining rugby were undone when Chinnor intercepted and broke from halfway.

Despite an excellent covering tackle by Connor Docherty on leading try scorer Craig Holland, 2nd row forward Matt Postlethwaite was penalised at the ruck, an infringement which merited a yellow card.

From the resultant penalty, Chinnor mounted a driving maul, culminating in a try for Ben Thomas, converted by Hopkin. The second half restarted with a poor kick by Hopkin gifting good possession to Sale, a Wilkinson penalty quickly took Sale to the opposition 22. A well-orchestrated lineout laying the platform for winger Paolo Odogwu to threaten the try line.

Although initially halted by the Chinnor defence, superb support from the Sale forwards enabled prop Dan Birchall to drive over the line. Wilkinson added the extra points to give Sale a four point lead.

As Chinnor tried to regain the initiative, Sale defended with discipline and determination, ultimately bringing about a penalty kick which Wilkinson fired deep into the opposition half.

From the resulting lineout a break by winger Ed O’Keeffe took Sale to the try line but the ball was held up. At the scrum which followed a superb effort from the Sale pack dominated the opposition, forcing a penalty try.

Ed O’Keeffe lucks to cut back inside Chinnor’s wing Craig Holland (c) Sale FC Rugby Photos 2019

The visitors rallied with an impressive forward effort taking them close to the Sale line. From A scrum, Chinnor substitute Tom Burns broke from the base and after a series of phases the ball found Holland who scored, Hopkin converting.

Two minutes later a Wilkinson penalty restored Sale’s seven point advantage.

As the match entered the final 10 minutes, Chinnor took advantage of a mis directed Sale lineout leading to wing forward Joe Dancer with space to sprint some 50 metres to the Sale line scoring in the corner.

Hopkin didn’t add the extra points leaving Sale with a slim two point lead.

Sale rose to the challenge taking advantage of a knock on near the Chinnor 22, winning the scrum Matt Bradley fed O’Keeffe, Sale forwards in support, Postlethwaite took the ball to the line, the drive culminating with hooker Taylor scoring his second try of the match.

Wilkinson added the extras and with time ebbing away Sale closed the game out ending up winners of an entertaining match by 31 points to 22.

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Sale win a thriller over the Titans.

Sale FC get the win over the Rotherham Titans in an epic battle.

Stone Priestley-Nangle drives the ball into the Titans defence (c) Gareth Lyons Photography

A dogged display on a gloomy, chilly afternoon saw Sale FC defeat Rotherham Titans by a single point in this tense National League 1 fixture.

Despite the conditions, both teams looked to get on the front foot, but solid defence and occasional handling errors limited scoring opportunities.

The breakthrough came on 20 minutes when, following some sustained Titans pressure, full back Callum Irvine burst into the Sale 22, although well martialled by the Sale defence, Titans’ second row Kieran Frost was able to drive over the line. Ellis Abrahams added the extra points.

Sale attacked from the restart with full back Jonty Rawcliffe sending a succession of towering kicks deep into the Titans’ 22.

A critical moment in the game came on 27 minutes when a late, high tackle on Rawcliffe earned Titans’ Luis Ball a yellow card and a 10 minute stay in the sin bin.

From the penalty, Rawcliffe found touch 10 metres from the Titans’ try line from which Sale forwards mounted a succession of driving mauls , inching their way to the line and prop Joe Kelly diving over from two metres leaving Sale trailing by just two points.

Two minutes in to the second half, Titans’ winger Henry Roberts exploited a gap in the Sale defence sprinting to the line and scoring in the corner.

Jonty Rawcliffe breaks through the Rotherham defence as Sale press hard for the score (c) Gareth Lyons Photography

Minutes later Sale levelled the score again when Rawcliffe powered in the Titans’ half, supported by substitute hooker Christian Taylor who skilfully off- loaded to Anthony Bingham whose lightening acceleration saw him score by the corner flag.

With Sale FC trailing by two points with almost 30 minutes remaining, neither team seemed able to take control of the match.

Then on 70 minutes, a slick Sale attack led to a penalty against Titans for offside. Matthew Bradley kicked the points giving Sale the lead and a final score of 13 – 12.

For the final 10 minutes of the match Sale exerted a robust and disciplined defence of their slender lead , with centre Johnny Leota taking the ball to Titans on every opportunity , creating a solid platform to retain possession and hold on to the lead.

Captain Andy Hughes blocks a kicks from Rotherham’s Joe Barker (c) Mark Ferriss – All Star Photography