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Sale Shine In The Sun

Sale travelled for the first time ever to Scunthorpe for a fixture against a depleted team struggling for survival in National 2 North.  A nine try haul on a boggy pitch was a fitting return for the tight professional way the team managed the heavy conditions.

Full Time Sale FC 61 Scunthorpe 7

Full match here

Match Statistics here

Scunthorpe v Sale FC Preview

This weekend Sale continue their progress towards the playoff spot with our first ever away trip to Scunthorpe.  Lying in 14th position in the table Scunthorpe are 6 points behind Luctonians and safety from relegation. Scunthorpe have only one win in 2017 and are struggling with a growing injury list.  Like most clubs they’ve had a week off rugby which should help them closer to full strength.  This league has so many shocks in it, with any team capable of beating any other team as Preston Grasshoppers demonstrated last week by beating Leicester Lions 12 positions above them so we need to go in and play to the best of our ability.

Director of Rugby Jonathan Keep will want some improvement from the display against Harrogate two weekends ago where Sale were 10 points down after only 20 minutes.

Match Report from our November game against Scunthorpe here

Sale FC Rugby TV is on its way

Over the next few months we will be developing Sale FC Rugby TV to bring post game highlights for those of you who can’t get there or just want to watch again.  Sale TV Highlights will be found under Sale FC Rugby TV.  This week we bring you the game from Harrogate v Sale in Harrogate and next week we will have highlights of the Scunthorpe game.  We will also endeavour to have pre and post match interviews with players and coaches so you can get all the latest information and views as we go.


Sale V Harrogate Preview

This is another must win game for Sale. If we want to put the playoff spot out of the reach of Leicester Lions and Sedgley Park as well as pushing toward a home draw for the playoff, we need to get at least 4 points against a tricky 11th placed Harrogate team.  Four of Harrogate’s eight victories this season have arrived in 2017, so they are on a bit of a roll.

In late October we managed the full five points, with tries from Joe “Donut” Kelly, Tom Ailes, Jack Moorhouse and Scott Rawlings. The first session was an even affair with the teams coming in 13-13 at halftime.  The set piece struggled with Harrogate’s power at times, as well as the referee’s interpretations of the scrum, but eventually we pulled away in the final 20.  More of the same this weekend should see us with a clear pathway to the playoff, but, this league is a tough place and we can’t be complacent.



Sale FC V Leicester Lions Preview

We take on Leicester Lions this Saturday at home. Sale have only lost one game at home this season to league leaders Caldy and we’re not looking for that to change this weekend.  Leicester comprehensively beat Sale in the away fixture in a game that saw the 1st XV underperform with a disappointing display in the East Midlands.

Sale and Opponent

21st XV25223089
3Leicester Lions21151072
4Sedgley Park22136371
8South Leicester22911255
15Sheffield Tigers22517027
16Preston Grasshopers21417024

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Playoff spot on the line this weekend

Sale FC V Stourbridge

It’s obvious, to anyone who’s watched Sale FC this season, that there’s a new attitude in the squad, a new approach and this has resulted in winning games we would have lost last season.   Much of this success, according to Sale FC Club Chairman, Steve Smith is down to the coaching team of Jonathan Keep and Tote Howcroft. They’ve created a whole club approach which has seen the team win when they might have crumbled last year.

This weekend sees a challenge for the promotion playoff spot. Currently Sale sit second in the table 11 points above Stourbridge in third.  Our nearest rivals are fiercely competitive at home and have yet to drop a match in their west midlands fortress, winning all ten of their home games so far.  Sale have managed an unbeaten 2017 and want to continue this great run of form into February and beyond.

Head Coach Jonathan Keep has been pleased with the number of our victories this season but not always how they’ve been achieved.

“I’m looking for the players to cut down on the penalties this week and focus on making

sure they’re more ruthless if we get our noses in front and not leave it to the last minute”

Sale’s last two matches have seen bonus point tries scored in the final minutes of each game. Against Luctonians Sam Stelmaszek with the last play and the following week by Adam Aigbokhae against Sheffield Tigers with two minutes on the clock remaining.

Jonathan Keep said that the players have worked hard on key areas this year including creating a solid defence when they’re camped on their own line.

“The one area we’ve worked on this year which has paid massive dividends is the defence inside the red zone.  Against Luctonians we were camped on our try line for 10 minutes and drove them back, we’ll need to have this kind of resilience this weekend if we are to come away with the points”

When asked about Sale’s promotion prospects Jonathan replied

“We will try to keep winning games and see what happens, that will always be the

priority and after just avoiding relegation next year, we take nothing for granted”


Good luck to Sale FC this weekend and safe travels