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View from Heywood Road: Sale FC 59 Preston Grasshoppers 14
In the absence of very much rugby in the Premiership at the moment, it's worth looking across at Sharks' sister/founder club Sale FC. Having secured 2nd place in National 2 North, they were looking for the necessary points to guarantee a home playoff. Needing 9 from 2 games, they got 5 of them here with a 59-14 win. Here are some pictures I took.
View from the south stand: Sale 36 Worcester 26
There were some — not many, but some — who saw this game as a bit of a ‘gimme’, expecting Sale to defeat Worcester with relative ease. The majority, looking meaningfully at the league table, were not so sure. Tenth against eleventh does not make for any sort of mismatch.
This is getting ridiculous. It will have been five weeks since the last home game when we play Worcester on Friday.
We're currently suffering a bit of a hiatus as the Anglo-Welsh competition has its semis and final, then it's an away trip to Exeter. All in all, a four-week break between home games. However, this site needs its regular diet of front-page stories, so I thought I'd spend a bit of time putting together a summary of the exciting new signings we can look forward to next season.
View from the south stand: Sale 12 Northampton 32
When I was thinking about this opening paragraph prior to the game, the last thing I wanted to have to write was “following several encouraging wins, this match saw a return to Sale’s previous – losing – form”. Well…
View from the south stand: Sale 34 Wasps 28
Prior to the game, I was pondering this opening paragraph (hey, it’s what we writers do, OK?) and thinking how nice it would be to start with something like “I was fully expecting to be writing about a plucky defeat, but in the event…” Well, I was fully expecting to be writing about a plucky defeat, but in the event…
View from the south stand: Sale 26 Newcastle 24
Events in the six nations subsequent to this game more or less used up the country’s supply of “get out of jail” clichés. Nonetheless, that’s what happened here as Sale sneaked a win in a game that they appeared to have sewn up, but managed to nearly lose through inattentiveness.
View from the south stand: Sale 41 Cardiff 3
After two weeks in European, the action returned to the Anglo-Welsh competition for two weeks. Sale were bottom of the group, but only by a single point, with each team having won one of two.
View from the south stand: Sale 25 Scarlets 23
Last game of a so-far fruitless ERCC. No league points and coming on a run of 10 defeats in all competitions. A win had to come soon, surely. Would it be today? Scarlets were feeling confident after their performance against Saracens, but Sale had played well at Toulon. Game on.
10 and counting
There was a distinctly optimistic air around Sale Sharks during the off-season. The team stuttered early on in the season, but victory against Leicester suggested that things were coming together.
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