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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.
View from the south stand: Sale 30 Quins 29
Halfway through the season and the middle of the Premiership table is looking a bit crowded, with only a few points separating 5th from 9th. Prior to this game, Harlequins were one point ahead of Sale, so a victory could see us move up one or two places.
View from the south stand: Sale 32 Bath 9
‘Twas the day before (the day before) Christmas/ and all through the ground/ the supporters were buzzing/ as the ball flew around…
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.