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SAINTS 24 SALE 5 Christmas delight for Saints as trio of tries sees to Sharks

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

Saints get their Christmas festivities off to a great start with a three-try victory over Sale Sharks at Franklin’s Gardens.

The home side wasted no time in showing their guests their intentions and got themselves on the scoreboard after just four minutes. Ben Foden was the receiver of the score after a well worked move in the midfield.

Just moments later Saints thought they were over the tryline again but Nic Groom was denied their first of two potential tries for the even after the pass to him from Ken Pisi was deemed to go forward.

Saints were made to wait twenty minutes before their next score came, however, after Sale began to push their hosts lines. But Saints defence prevailed and they were denied a score until the second half was well underway.

Twenty eight minutes in and Saints got over the line again after a period of pressure on their guests line. On his 200th appearance for the club, Alex Waller made a break through the Sale line and offloaded to the skipper Tom Wood who made it over the whitewash. Myler added his second conversion to take Saints 14 unanswered points as the game went into the break.

Sale came out after the break with more intensity and pushed their way into the Saints 22 for one of the first times in the game. But the away side were not to break through, instead Saints pushed themselves and a break from Aviva Premiership debutant Juan Pablo Estelles got them close. Groom slipped through a gap in the Sale line and thought he had scored once again but as before a visit to the TMO denied the scrum-half the score.

Myler sent a penalty through the posts just after to see Saints 17 points to the good but Sale managed to get themselves on the scoreboard a few minutes later as a well finished try from debutant Denny Solomona was allowed by the TMO.

Saints began to push again and a link between replacement prop Ethan Waller and Myler in the Sale 22 got the home side close once again. But it was to be a fumbled tap penalty with the clock run down that got Saints the win. Luther Burrell collected the ball after Sale’s replacement scrum-half knocked the ball on and powered through the Sale defence to score under the posts in extra time. Myler added the extras to top off a great Christmas present for the home side.

TIMELINE
4mins SAINTS Foden Con Myler 7-0
28mins SAINTS Wood Con Myler 14-0
HALF TIME Saints 14 Sale 0
58mins SAINTS Pen Myler 17-0
66mins SALE Try Solomona 17-5
80mins SAINTS Try Burrell Con Myler 24-5

TEAMS

SAINTS Foden; Pisi, Burrell, Hanrahan, Estelles, Myler, Groom; A Waller, Haywood, Brookes, Lawes, Day, Wood, Harrison, Picamoles

Subs – Clare, E Waller, Hill, Ratuniyarawa, Gibson, Kessell, Wilson, Tuitavake

SALE Haley, Solomona, James, Leota, Charnley, MacGinty, Phillips; Harrison, Webber, Aulika, Evans, Ostrikov, Neild, Lund, Ioane

Subs – Briggs, Flynn, Longbottom, Beaumont, Mills, Mitchell, Arscott, Seymour

Match

Northampton Saints vs Sale Sharks

Player Stats

Northampton Saints
Sale Sharks
Northampton Saints
TCDP
1Alex Waller
2Mike Haywood
3Kieran Brookes
4Courtney Lawes
5Christian Day
6Tom Wood1T
7Teimana Harrison
8Louis Picamoles
9Nic Groom
10Stephen Myler3C1P
11Juan Pablo Estelles
12JJ Hanrahan
13Luther Burrell1T
14Ken Pisi
15Ben Foden1T
16Charlie Clare
17Ethan Waller
18Paul Hill
19Api Ratuniyarawa
20Jamie Gibson
21Tom Kessell
22James Wilson
23Nafi Tuitavake

Match Details

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Saints 24-5 Sale

Attendance

14,108

Referee

Not available

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
24

Summary

Full Time

Sale Sharks
Sale Sharks
5

Starting LineupNorthampton Saints

15

Ben Foden

12

JJ Hanrahan

11

Juan Pablo Estelles

10

Stephen Myler

9

Nic Groom

3

Kieran Brookes

5

Christian Day

8

Louis Picamoles

SubsNorthampton Saints

Opposition LineupSale Sharks

15
Mike Haley
14
Denny Solomona
13
Sam James
12
Johnny Leota
11
Josh Charnley
10
AJ MacGinty
9
Mike Phillips
1
Ross Harrison
2
Rob Webber
3
Halani Aulika
4
Bryn Evans
5
Andrey Ostrikov
6
Cameron Neild
7
Magnus Lund
8
TJ Ioane

SubsSale Sharks

16
Neil Briggs
17
James Flynn
18
Kieran Longbottom
19
Josh Beaumont
20
Jon Mills
21
James Mitchell
22
Tom Arscott
23
David Seymour
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7
Northampton Saints
Northampton SaintsNOR2210012476490-1452505752
10
Sale Sharks
Sale SharksSAL227114471595-12455706440
Form Guide

Form

LWWLW

Last match

Beat Worcester 32-24

Past meeting

Lost 25-34
Full Time
Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
24
Sale Sharks
Sale Sharks
5