Ahead of the game against Huddersfield this Saturday, we’ve posted the highlights of our 36-24 win against Blaydon Rugby Club.
Sale FC overcame a strong South Leicester side by 39 points to 7. Hinckley also picked up five points today but we still remain top on points difference with a game in hand.
Tries from Dan Birchall, Sam Stelmaszek, Adam Aigbokhae, Rhys Davies and Andy Hughes plus 14 points from the boot of Chris Johnson saw a fantastic performance in front of an enthusiastic crowd on a very cold day.
Sale extend winning run to stay top
After climbing to the summit of National League 2 North last week, Sale entertained sixth place South Leicester at Heywood Road.
If they were feeling any pressure to sustain their position, Sale weren’t showing it, as they quickly started to dominate territory and took the lead with a penalty from Chris Johnson following a high tackle.
The first try duly arrived as the forwards attacked the try line and captain Andy Hughes dived over with Chris Johnson adding the conversion.
Another penalty from Chris Johnson extended the lead before winger Anthony Bingham somehow wriggled free from several opposing players in midfield to set up a sweeping move that saw Rhys Davies score in the corner.
HT Sale 18 South Leicester 0
The second half had only just got underway when South’s fly half intercepted a pass on the half way line to sprint in unchallenged and add the extras.
However, this was just a temporary blip as the blue and whites applied the pressure again with a kick to the corner and, having been stopped just short a couple of times, Dan Birchall powered over for his fourth try in four games.
Not even an unfortunate yellow card for the try scorer could derail the home side as full back Jonty Rawcliffe left players in his wake with a 60 yard break and, with the defence all at sea, Adam Aigbokhae strolled in for the bonus point try.
Sale then proved that they can defend as well as they can attack as they put bodies on the line time after time to resist wave after wave of South Leicester attacks before another fantastic break, this time from Tom Ailes, led to Sam Stelmaszek adding a fifth and final try.
FT Sale 39 South Leicester 7
Second placed Hinckley also achieved a bonus point win at Sheffield Tigers to stay level on points and set up what should be a fantastic and potentially season-defining game at Leicester Road next week. KO 3pm.
Sale FC overcame a spirited Luctonians team in style this weekend racking up 48 points and only allowing one try to keep up their stifling defensive record. Sale FC are still in fifth place for the travel to Stourbridge on Saturday, but, there are only two points between 5th and 2nd. The match highlights and post match interviews are now up and can be found here
A full match report will be up tomorrow.
Sale FC set out their stall by putting 7 tries past last season’s third placed team. It is clear that we’ve added some real pace and firepower to the team. The main difference appears to be, that when the bench is used we have power to spare. The video highlights will show the strength of the pack with Lions being pushed back more than 10 metres on two occasions. The starting fifteen seem also to be rejuvenated with “old hands” like Joe Kelly and Ciaran Connolly throwing themselves around the park with real purpose. The full match report will appear here tomorrow.
Full Time Score 48-10
Video Highlights Below
On a beautiful day in Trafford, Sale FC turned on the style to run in nine tries from 8 different players. One of the defining characteristics of this team during the 2016-2017 season is that even without the instrumental Andy Hughes and powerful running Scott Rawlings sidelined through injury, we still managed to effectively put more than fifty points passed newly relegated Preston Grasshoppers without really ever moving out of third gear. A full match report is now available here
Our Highlights video from the recent match against Caldy Rugby Club. This was a great game with 1st vs 2nd in the table.