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WANDERERS 38 SALE 14 Sixy stuff does for Sale

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

The Wanderers made the most of perfect conditions for attacking rugby at the Gardens, running a superb half dozen tries past Sale in a non-league meeting.

With nine weeks having passed since the last 'A' League outing in December, the game provided vital playing time for a number of senior and Academy Saints, plenty of whom took their chance to shine under the Monday night lights.

After something of a slow start from both sides, Sale missed the first chance of points from the tee and then conceded, never fully recovering having been driven off their own scrum.

That error was compounded by an overthrown lineout, Lewis Ludlum gathering at the tail and freeing JJ Hanrahan, who scorched through on a lovely arc.

The lead was soon doubled, again thanks to a brutal shove from the Wanderers eight and some quick thinking from Kahn Fotuali’i. This time the drive came on the home side’s own ball though and with the Samoan scrum-half tapping and going from close range, the Jets line was again breached.

Like the first team on Saturday, the Wandies were attempting to play with tempo and another swiftly taken penalty got Gareth Denman crashing through. Sale scrambled, but it was too late and James Wilson stepped his man to score when a Sam Olver cross kick dropped into his lap on the left.

Having attacked so clinically, the hosts would have been frustrated to concede shortly before the break. Tom Brady splintered tacklers and show enough gas to go beneath the posts, but normal service was resumed shortly after the restart when the Wanderers produced a brilliant backs move.

Pat Howard, George Furbank and Hanrahan were all involved in a slick exchange up the left and while Sale cynically killed the move they couldn’t keep the Wandies out for long.

From the resulting penalty, Jon Fisher crashed close, Jordan Onojaife closer still and while the second row was denied what looked to be a try between the posts, Tom Kessell had the simple task of dotting down at the back of the very same breakdown.

The new scrum-half had picked up where Fotuali’i left off and turned provider for number five, a short burst and smart pass putting Ben Nutley over on his return in black, green and gold.

That ambition to play at break neck speed would cost them an interception score when Charlie Ingall picked off Rory Hutchinson's pass, but the concession of a second try would not deter them.

A delicate chip off Olver's left boot was taken in by Hutchinson on the run and he offloaded through Ahsee Tuala to Howard, who coasted home for the sixth and final score.

TIMELINE
9mins SALE Miss pen Morton
15mins WAND Try + Con Hanrahan 7-0
18mins WAND Try Fotuali’i Con Hanrahan 14-0
32mins WAND Try Wilson Con Hanrahan 21-0
34mins SALE Try Brady Con Morton 21-7
HALF-TIME WAND 21 SALE 7
43mins WAND Try Kessell Con Hanrahan 28-7
48mins WAND Try Nutley 33-7
59mins SALE Try Ingall Con Morton 33-14
65mins WAND Try Howard 38-14
FULL-TIME

WANDERERS Wilson; Tuala, Stephenson, Olver, Furbank; Hanrahan, Fotuali’i; E Waller, Marshall (capt), Denman, Moon, Onojaife, Fisher, Ludlam, Bennett

Williams, Ma’afu, Beesley, Parkins, Parkins, Peters, Nutley, Kessell, Duschene, Howard, Hutchinson

SALE Jeffers; O’Donnell, Brady, Tinknell, Ingall; Morton, Mitchell; Flynn, Barry, Parker, Nott, Postlethwaite, Rogerson, Hughes (capt), Fihaki

Pope, Maher, Miller Miles, Sanders, Parfitt, Dever, Edwards, Agyei

REFEREE Veryan Poscawen