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View from the south stand: Sale 24 Cardiff 0
November/December is the time when it seems that we are playing in a different competition every other week. AP, ECC, A/W… This week Cardiff Blues came to Salford so it’s either the Anglo/Welsh or European Challenge Cup. Who knows? As long as it’s rugby.
View from the south stand: Sale 18 Saints 15
By snatching defeat from the jaws of victory at Leicester the previous week, Sale had left themselves in something of a bind: nearly half the season gone and only two victories to show for it. If it wasn’t for the 7 bonus points (joint top), things would be looking much bleaker than even 10th position might suggest.
View from the south stand: Sale 29 Saracens 22
The Anglo-Welsh cup is, by tradition or design, mostly used as a proving ground for young and/or fringe squad members. This game could be seen, then, as a comparison of the quality of the fringe players from a large squad versus those from a small(er) squad.
View from the south stand: Sale 6 Exeter 10
Following the European Challenge cup games, we had a one-week return to AP action before the Anglo-Welsh cup starts up. Reigning champions Exeter made the long journey up the Ms 5 and 6.
Vue depuis la tribune: Lyon 27 Sale 24
It always seems to be the way that Sale end up in a ‘group of death’ in European competitions. This year’s opponents are the top two teams in the French league and a team that’s beaten both of them. Last week, it was the French number 2 side at home, this week away to the number one team. This probably isn’t going to end well…
View from the south stand: Sale 20 Toulouse 20
And so we hit the pause button on the Aviva Premiership, move across to the second string European competition (whatever it’s officially called — I don’t know) and gingerly press ‘play’. Toulouse were first up for Sale and probably most people’s favourites on the night.
View from the south stand: Sale 57 Gloucester 10
There is a wide range of emotions with which a sports fan can leave at the end of a match, all the way from abject despair through relief to utter joy. Occasionally, though, we manage a rarity that is best described as “what on Earth did I just watch?”
View from the south stand: Sale 36 Irish 7
Spoiler alert: we won and won impressively. Irish had already beaten Quins this season, so this result was not a foregone conclusion, especially after last week’s debacle. Not only were Sale much improved, so was RefLink…
View from the south stand: Sale 12 Newcastle 13
So here we are for the first home game of the new season; several exciting new signings and a promise of kicking on from the improvements of last season. Disappointing to ship 7 tries at Wasps, but scoring 5 was a plus, so how would the team fare against Newcastle?
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more...
Here we go again and my first full season as a moderator. The season has started with a try fest and the highlights on Channel 5 made for good viewing. But what about Sale? After a very quiet summer on the forum, an excellent travelogue by Gym Haka from the Lions tour and the thrill of seeing Sale players wearing the Red Rose what does the new season hold in store .
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