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SALE 12 SAINTS 32 Saints collect bonus point win on the road at the AJ Bell

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

Saints score four tries in an impressive whole team effort at the AJ Bell to secure an away win against Sale Sharks.

With the backs putting the ball into the right areas of the field, the forwards working ahrd in contact and Stephen Myler on the money with the boot, Saints racked up a bonus point victory over their hosts for their first win on the road since beating Gloucester by only one point on New Year’s Day.

Early pressure from the hosts saw two mauls come close to the line in the opening ten minutes but it was a chip and dash by Sale’s Denny Solomona that proved to be the first real chance of the night for either side. His kick went dead, however, and Saints had the scrum on their own 22 instead.

Still no score came for either side until the 28th minute. Saints were pressurising in their hosts 22 when quick hands and a lovely tap pass from Harry Mallinder to Ken Pisi saw an easy dive in for the winger.

With the wind in their sails, Saints pushed their hosts again and got back in contention quickly. The forwards, working hard, barged their way over the whitewash only to be held up. Or so the referee Thomas Foley originally thought but on consideration from the TMO the score was given, Michael Paterson claiming Saints’ second. Myler added the extras to see Saints 12 to the good.

The home side, not content with the scoreline, pushed themselves and a clever chip through found Josh Charnley’s hands to get Sale off the mark, the conversion from Sam James following.

Myler added three more points to Saints’ total for the night with the last play of the first half to give Saints an 8-point lead as the game went into the break.

A good attack from Saints in the second half’s opening minutes got them well within Sale’s 22 but the ball was lost forwards, the chance lost and the second half began to proceed at the first had begun: scoreless.

But then Saints began to power forwards again and Haywood rode a maul from the back of a lineout in for Saints’ third. Myler added the extras again to see Saints go 15 points ahead.

A penalty from Myler on the turn of the final quarter sent Saints even further ahead. But Sale came back into it with a score of their own through Bryn Evans after good pressure from the home side in Saints’ 22. James missed the conversion, however, and Saints maintained a 13-point lead.

A huge kick to touch from Myler saw Saints in attacking territory again and patience from the travelling side eventually got them the bonus point score. Ethan Waller darted through a gap in Sale’s line and Myler added the extras with the last play of the game to see Saints collect the full league points at the AJ Bell.

TEAMS

SAINTS Tuala; Pisi, Tuitavake, Mallinder, Foden, Myler, Groom; A Waller, Haywood, Brookes, Paterson, Craig, , Gibson, Clark, Harrison

Subs – Clare, E Waller, Hill, Ratuniyarawa, Dickinson, Dickson, Estelles, Wilson

SALE Haley; Solomona, Leota, Jennings, Charnley, James, Phillips; Harrison, Webber, Aulika, Evans, Mills, Neild, Lund, Beaumont

Subs – T Curry, Flynn, Longbottom, Nott, B Curry, Stringer, Mugford, McGuigan

TIMELINE
28mins SAINTS Try Pisi 0-5
34mins SAINTS Try Paterson Con Myler 0-12
37mins SALE Try Charnely Con James 7-12
39mins SAINTS Pen Myler 7-15
HALF TIME Sale 7 Saints 15
54mins SAINTS Try Haywood Con Myler 7-22
61mins SAINTS Pen Myler 7-25
69mins SALE Try Evans 12-25
80mins SAINTS Try E Waller Con Myler 12-32
FULL TIME Sale 12 Saints 32

Match

Sale Sharks vs Northampton Saints

Match Details

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Sale 12-32 Saints

Attendance

5,233

Referee

Tom Foley

Sale Sharks
Sale Sharks
12

Summary

Full Time

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
32

Starting LineupNorthampton Saints

14

Ken Pisi

13

Nafi Tuitavake

11

Ben Foden

10

Stephen Myler

9

Nic Groom

3

Kieran Brookes

4

Michael Paterson

5

James Craig

6

Jamie Gibson

7

Calum Clark

SubsNorthampton Saints

16

Charlie Clare

17

Ethan Waller

20

Sam Dickinson

21

Lee Dickson

22

Juan Pablo Estelles

23

James Wilson

Opposition LineupSale Sharks

15
Mike Haley
14
Denny Solomona
13
Johnny Leota
12
Mark Jennings
11
Josh Charnley
10
Sam James
9
Mike Phillips
1
Ross Harrison
2
Rob Webber
3
Halani Aulika
4
Bryn Evans
5
Jon Mills
6
Cameron Neild
7
Magnus Lund
8
Josh Beaumont

SubsSale Sharks

16
Tom Curry
17
James Flynn
18
Kieran Longbottom
19
George Nott
20
Ben Curry
21
Peter Stringer
22
Dan Mugford
23
Byron McGuigan
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7
Northampton Saints
Northampton SaintsNOR2210012476490-1452505752
10
Sale Sharks
Sale SharksSAL227114471595-12455706440
Form Guide

Form

LLLLL

Last match

Lost to Sale 23-32

Past meeting

Lost 23-32
Full Time
Sale Sharks
Sale Sharks
12
Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
32