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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.
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.