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New writer Blue Shark emerges from the depths of the clear Mersey waters and looks ahead to semi-final time in two competitions….
View from the south stand: Sale 13 Leicester 35
Last game of the season, and the potential to finish 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th. With Bath likely to get five points and Gloucester nowt, failure to win this game would make 8th the most likely final postion. Leicester had not been on top form, but they’d be looking to avoid three defeats in a row.
And now the end is near...
...but before we draw the final curtain I would like to look back over some of the intersting topics discussed over the last few weeks and look ahead to Exeter away.
View from the south stand: Sale 28 Wasps 27
Apparently, prior to this match, Wasps had not yet won at the AJ Bell stadium. Sale could do with keeping that record going: with only four games left — all of them against teams above them — Sale needed to win here to keep any hopes of top six alive.
View from the south stand: Sale 58 Worcester 25
Back to AJ Bell activity after a 5-week mini off-season. Worcester were the visitors and, quite frankly, anything less than a 5-pointer would be seen as a failure by the fans and (contra protestations of “no easy games”) by the coaching staff and players.
It's been a long five weeks since the last home game, but we enter the final stretch with the visit of Worcester Warriors on Saturday.
A wartime hero
I told the Major I would write something, but I didn’t really know what I would write. I did think of something on England rugby international players killed in the war. Then I thought, perhaps, a piece on England Internationals born outside the British Isles. In the end I did neither, but I did both. Here is the story of Ernest Ian ‘Pip’ Parsons.
View from the south stand: Sale 3 Saracens 13
We’re at the sparse end of the season, where we get about one game a month if we’re lucky. Saracens were February’s visitors: a tough match by anyone’s standards. Sarries had their England contingent missing, which should have evened things up a bit, but Sale had problems of their own, with no specialist fly half.
View from the south stand: A/W roundup
So, on to the second pair of Anglo-Welsh pool matches. Despite winning both of the first pair of games, Sale looked unlikely to progress owing to the somewhat arcane structure of the competition. Northampton came north off the back of an upheaval that had seen them struggle for the last few games…
View from the south stand: ERCC roundup
OK, this is not a match report. I realised, when I first came to write it, that I actually couldn’t remember any details of the game, so riveting had it been. So, I decided to wait for the outcome of the final game and do a sort of round-up of Sale’s European adventure for this season.