Saracens too strong for Sale Sharks

A strong second-half showing saw Saracens claim a 30-19 victory over Sale in their Guinness Premiership tie at Edgeley Park on Friday night.

Sarries took the lead in the early stages as fly-half Derick Hougaard slotted two penalties in the first seven minutes.

The Sharks responded only four minutes later, edging ahead by one point as flanker Sisa Koyamailbole scored the opening try before Charlie Hodgson added the extras.

The back-and-forth continued before the break as Chris Wyles put Sarries back in front with his side’s first five-pointer.


However, two penalties and a drop-goal from Hodgson saw the hosts take a 16-13 lead into the dressing rooms.

Hodgson doubled Sale’s lead shortly after the interval, but the rest of the half belonged to Alex Goode who led the visitors to victory.

The full-back kicked two conversions, a penalty and scored a try in the second half as Sarries secured a comfortable victory.

Final Score Sale 19 (16)  Saracens 30 (13)


Tries – Koyamailbole
Pen – Hodgson 3
Con – Hodgson
DGs – Hodgson

Tries – Wyles, Wyles, Barritt
Pen – Hougaard 2, Goode
Con – Goode 2, Hougaard


Sale: 15 Marika Vakacegu, 14 Mark Cueto, 13 Mathew Tait, 12 Lee Thomas, 11 Ben Cohen, 10 Charlie Hodgson (capt), 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 1 Eifion Roberts, 2 Neil Briggs, 3 Jack Forster, 4 Chris Jones, 5 Dean Schofield, 6 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 David Seymour, 8 Kristian Ormsby.

Replacements: 16 Marc Jones, 17 Gavin Kerr, 18 Rob O’Donnell, 19 Sean Cox, 20 Carl Fearns, 21 Dwayne Peel, 22 Jonny Kennedy, 23 Dafydd James.

Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Michael Tagicakibau, 13 Adam Powell, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Derick Hougaard, 9 Justin Marshall, 1 Matias Aguero, 2 Schalk Brits, 3 Petrus du Plessis, 4 Hugh Vyvyan, 5 Tom Ryder, 6 Justin Melck, 7 Andy Saull, 8 Ernst Joubert (capt).

Replacements:16 Fabio Ongaro, 17 Kas Lealamanua, 18 Richard Skuse, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 Jacques Burger, 21 Neil de Kock, 22 Glen Jackson, 23 Kameli Ratuvou.

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