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Lions roar to quell Dogs bark

Leicester Lions ensure survival with hard fought victory at Sale

The final throws of the 2023/24 season saw Sale take on Leicester Lions at Heywood Road, with the visitors looking for a victory to ensure their survival in National One.

Leicester were in front in next to no time when fly half, Daniel Lewis, slotted a straightforward penalty from directly in front of the posts and he repeated the feat in the 18th minute to extend the lead. 0-6

Sale were seeing plenty of the ball but couldn’t make pressure count and the visitors went further in front when a quick counter attack saw full back, Joe Patrick, win a race for the ball and touch down; Lewis was on target again with the extras. 0-13

The Dogs finally got the scoreboard ticking when the stole a lineout and went through several phases before centre, Connor Doherty, bullied his way over the whitewash; James Robins converted. HT 7-13

The second half started with both sides having periods of territory but Sale got their noses in front in the 50th minute as a fine move ended with Doherty looping a long pass for winger, Tom Walsh, to scamper in; Robins made no mistake with the two. 14-13

With time ebbing away, the Lions galvanised themselves for one final push and re-took the lead with a 35m penalty from centre, Luke Bouchier. 14-16

Their safety was guaranteed when they moved the ball at pace in the 76th minute for Patrick to grab his second of the game, converted by Bouchier. FT 14-23

Not to be for the Dogs on the final day, but a chance for the players and coaches to get some well deserved rest now and come back fighting again when the new season starts in September.

Sale suffer late check mate at the hands of Bishops

Two points turns to one as Sale suffer late defeat

Sale headed to Hertfordshire for their final away game of the 2023/24 season to take on relegation-threatened Bishops Stortford.

Playing in their change strip of all black, Sale started the game well and were soon in front when Cal Ford made a half-break before offloading perfectly for fellow prop, Ben Carlile, to cross the whitewash; James Robins made no mistake from the tee. 0-7

With the ref allowing play to flow, both sides looked to attack with the ball in hand and Sale extended their lead in the 32nd minute when Dan Leake made valuable yards to set up full debutant, Will Hitchen, for his first ever 1st XV try. HT 0-12

Having lost Nick Gray to a yellow card just before the break, the hosts made the most of their numerical advantage early in the second half as they levelled the scores with tries from Alex Rayment and James Ayrton. 12-12

Undaunted, the Dogs came again and re-took the lead in the 60th minute when, following a tap penalty, Will Riley crashed over the line; James Robins was on target again.12-19

Back came the home side to level matters just a few minutes later with a strong driving maul, the try converted by Tom Walker. 19-19

Both sides have opportunities and field positions to win the game but, with time in the red, the hosts were awarded a penalty 25m out and Tom Walker was adjudged to have kicked it {some doubt, even from home supporters!). FT 22-19

A much better performance from the Dogs but only a solitary point to show for it. All eyes now turn to the final game of the season on the 27th April when we take on Leicester Lions.

AGM Announcement

The Sale FC Executive are pleased to announce our Annual General Meeting.

The meeting is open to fully paid members of Sale FC Rugby club only.

Sale FC Rugby AGM

  • Date: Thursday 16thMay
  • Time: 6:30pm Bar Open – 7:30pm Start
  • Location: Heywood Road in The Smithy Bar
  • All questions to be raised at AGM to be emailed to Mr Mark Roberts by Wednesday 15th
  • Announcement of Executive Appointees are on the noticeboard at the club

Agenda and papers will be posted on webpage, by Friday 10th May.

Ex-England and Sale FC Player Steve Burnhill

Matt Hampson Foundation

Ex-England and Sale FC player Steve Burnhill is doing a Rugby Club Sponsored Walk, starting at Sale FC on 18th April 2024

Matt Hampson Just Giving Page


To celebrate my 60th birthday I am walking between the rugby clubs I have been lucky to represent. Its a few!!!

Starting at Sale on April 18th, the plan is to walk to West Yorkshire and visit Cleckheaton, Roundhay (now Leeds) and Woodhouse Grove School, then down to Rotherham onto Loughborough Students and finish at Leicester Tigers on April 26th.

The total distance will be approximately 180 miles.

Through my time at these clubs, I have been fortunate enough to meet so many characters and friends that have shaped my life.

However not all of us have been that fortunate! To sustain a life changing injury as a youngster setting off in the sport you love must be a very difficult thing to deal with.

The Matt Hampson Foundation inspires and supports young people seriously injured through sport through its unique Get Busy Living centre in rural Leicestershire. The centre provides expert physiotherapy, specialist personal training, support, mentoring and advice to people suffering a life-changing injury.

The centre’s doors were opened in 2018 by Founder and ex-England and Leicester Tigers rugby player Matt Hampson, who himself experienced a life-changing injury in 2005.

Any donations are massively appreciated. Thank you in advance, Steve.

Sale fall to defeat but secure National One status

Titans topple Sale but Dogs survive

Both Sale and Taunton headed into this late season game searching for points in their bids to ensure their survival in National One.

The “Dogs” started the better of the two and took the lead in the 8th minute when Tom Brady was the beneficiary of good play from Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas and Matt Bradley, diving over in the corner. 5-0

The visitors responded almost immediately through winger, Oscar Stewart, before Sale retook the lead with a try out wide from Nick Gray; James Robins adding a fine conversion. 12-5

Back came the Titans again, Samuel Prior making a superb break before Charlie Wright scythed through the massed ranks; Louis Sinclair kicked the extras. 12-12

The topsy-turvy nature of the game continued as Sale’s Fergus Mulchrone bullied his way over the whitewash, only for Ratu Vakalutukali to level matters and Sinclair to put the visitors in front for the first time. 17-19

Crucially, with half-time approaching, the Titans extended their advantage as Wright grabbed his second and Sinclair made it 3 kicks from 4. HT 17-26

Sale looked to have snatched the momentum back at the start of the second half as Matt Bradley bundled over from a quick tap penalty but, not for the first time, the Titans went straight up the other end and scored from a fine Vatalutukali run. 22-31

A penalty kick from Sinclair left Sale with plenty of work to do and their cause was not aided with the loss of replacement, Tristan Woodman, to a yellow card in the 66th minute.

The visitors took full advantage of the extra man with a converted try from Oliver Schuster-Wood and, despite a late try from James Robins, they held on for a deserved bonus point win. FT 27-41

The only consolation for the “Dogs” was the 4-try bonus point which secured their National One status for another season.