Category: NCA Rugby

Chinnor Match Preview | Team Announcement

After a long expected wait, Sale FC return to the stomping ground at Heywood Road with CorpAcq Stadium looking fresher after some weeks away. The groundsmen have been working relentlessly all week to get the pitch ready for action.

Jonathan Keep announces his squad ahead of a big weekend as Sale FC take on 3rd-placed Chinnor.
In this week’s preview we hear from Scum-Half Matt Bradley, Centre and replacement Jeremy To’a who played his first game last week after weeks out and Fergus Mulchrone as they reflect and look ahead.

7th March | 2pm | CorpAcq Stadium
Heywood Rd


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DMP Match Preview | Team Announcement

Sale FC return to the Northern Echo Arena to face 6th placed Darlington Mowden Park. Its a must needed win for The Dogs as they go 2 weeks without a game due to weather difficulties. We join DMP as they commemorate Armed Forces Day with free entries to Military Personnel, Veterans and NHS Staff

Jonathan Keep announces the squad ahead of the weekend

29th FEB 2020 | 3pm | DMP Arena

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Cambridge Preview


Jonathan Keep announces the squad as they face another away trip down south, this time heading to Cambridge. 

Cambridge currently sit 9th on 58 points whilst Sale sit at 11th, 5 points adrift. A comfortable win would see Sale shift up the table, potentially replacing Cambridge at 9th depending on Point Difference.

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Plymouth Albion Match Preview


Director of Rugby Jonathan Keep submits his squad ahead of the vital clash this weekend against Plymouth Albion.

They sit comfortably in National League one, placed 8th, 10 points above Sale (11th). The turn of the year has been prosperous for Albion as they extended their 2020 100% win record, notably knocking Rosslyn Park off 2nd spot with a 41-22 win.

To catch up with how Albion have been getting on, click here

2pm | CorpAcq Stadium | Heywood Rd

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Blackheath Match Report

15 Minute Miracle as Blackheath fight back to overcome The Dogs

Four tries in the final quarter rescued Blackheath from a 10-point deficit and gave them an emphatic victory and a fitting end to skipper Markus Burcham’s 200th appearance in Club colours.

Words from Graham Cox, Blackheath Rugby

For most of the contest, however, it looked as if the almost-immaculate boot of Chris Johnson would hold sway, the Sale fly-half striking 19 of his side’s points, 14 of them in the opening period as he kicked four penalties and converted left-wing Jonty Rawcliffe’s tenth minute chip and chase try.

Blackheath nibbled away, thanks to Stef Liebenberg’s long pass out for Jake Lloyd to touch down out wide, followed by a 25thminute penalty try from a collapsed maul.  Johnson kept Sale’s noses in front until, just prior to the break, Leo Fielding came up into the line to send Lloyd barging his way across for the wing’s second try of the match, and twelfth of the season, to level the score at 19-apiece.

Only for a short while though, as a converted try from Sale number-eight Jarad Williams on 47 minutes, followed by another Johnson penalty, moved the Cheshire side back into a strong lead.

However, Mark Cooke’s 58th minute penalty for a no-arms tackle, which also saw a yellow card for Sale prop Juan Rivas, was followed by Johnson’s only blemish as a long-range effort fell fractionally short, and suddenly the game turned in favour of the hosts.

Freddie Owen, who time and again rose to collect lineout ball and made frequent gains in the loose, capped a fine game by reaching across the goal-line, Sale players clinging to him, for the try which, with Cooke’s conversion, brought parity once more.

And as the vociferous crowd turned up the volume, a 68th minute overlap saw Henry Staff glide across, giving Blackheath the lead for the first time.

As a rattled Sale chased the game for the first time, ball fell loose for Burcham to hoof forward, Tom Burns collecting neatly with one arm and rolling over the try-line for a sixth score.  And as resistance crumbled, the Club pack, dominant in the second period, demolished their counterparts to win a second penalty try to close out the game.

Sale FC vs Plymouth Albion

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Tries:   Lloyd 2, Penalty try 2, Owen, Staff, Burns

Conv:  Cooke 3

Pens:   Cooke

Sale FC

Tries:   Rawcliffe, Williams

Conv:  Johnson 5

Pens:   Johnson 2