Petraca Rugby vs Sale Sharks preview

Sale Sharks travel to Italy to face Petrarca Rugby at the Stadio Plebscitio in this weekend’s Amlin Challenge Cup action. Share The Sharks will be confident following their demolition of El Salvador 97-11.

Sale will be hoping Tom Brady and Nick MacLeod’s can repeat their heroics of last week and that form will be as incisive as it was against the Spanish side.

England international Matthew Tait returns at full back to give the team added quality and extra cutting-edge.

Speaking ahead of the game Tait said: “I am very keen to make up for lost time. The knee operation was to clean out some debris and I feel great now and can’t wait to get a good run of games playing for Sale Sharks under my belt.”

Petrarca Rugby will be hoping to salvage something against the English giants, who have won the competition twice, after their defeat by Brive.

The 1997 Challenge Cup champions will look to continue their good form after beating Petrarca 32-6 before returning to European action against the Sale Sharks on the December 11.

Sale Sharks Head Coach Mike Brewer said ahead of the match,” We are looking forward to the game but we must be disciplined.


“The big mistake teams make when they travel to Italy is that they automatically think the winning bonus point is guaranteed. Our first objective is to win the game, once that is achieved we can start to look for a bonus.”

Brewer added, ” We need to get our set piece right, be aggressive in the collision area and get quick ball from the ruck. Dwayne Peel has been left out as a precaution as he picked up a groin strain training with Wales, but it gives another opportunity to Will Cliff.”

Match : Petraca vs Sale Sharks 
Date : Saturday 16 October 2010
Kick Off : 15.00
Venue : Stadio Plebiscito
Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)


Petrarca Rugby: M Acuna, L Innocenti, R Bertetti, A Chillon, W Spragg, T Walsh, A Chillon, A Costa Repetto , N Gatto, D Chistolini, A Cavalieri, M Tveraga, N Bezzati [capt], S Palmer, Z Ansell.

Replacements: O Gega, C Fazzari, C Caporello, M Sutto, A Billot, N Galatro, J Sanchez, N Borgato

Sale Sharks: P Williams, T Brady, M Tait, N MacLeod, M Cueto, C Hodgson, W Cliff, L Imiolek, N Briggs [capt], K Wihongi, W Lewaravu, N Rouse, C Fearns, N McMillan, S Koyamaibole.

Replacements: M Jones, A Croall, J Forster, C Jones, C Brightwell, C Leck, R Miller, C Bell

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