Sale Sharks start Heineken Cup with Cardiff victory

Sale Sharks secured their first victory of the season when they beat Cardiff Blues 34-33 in a Heineken Cup match as the Salford City stadium on Sunday.


Cardiff Blues led 12-24 at half time and looked to be headed for an opening round victory through three Alex Cuthbert tries.


However with 25 minutes left on the clock replacement back Danny Cipriani scored a classy try which gave the home side hop.e


Cipriani’s try inspired his team mates and tries from Mark Jennings and Tony Buckley coupled with Rob Miller’s kicking secured what had looked like a very unlikley victory.

“It’s something we’ve been longing for,” said Cipriani, whose Sale
team went into the game having lost six matches in succession.

“We had to give the fans something to cheer about and we did.”

Final Score Sale (12) 34 Cardiff Blues (24) 33


Scorers


Sale Sharks
Tries: Cipriani, Jennings, Buckley
Cons: Miller 2
Pens: MacLeod 4 Miller


Cardiff Blues
Tries: Cuthbert 3
Cons: Halfpenny 3
Pens: Halfpenny 4


Referee: Jerome Garces (France)


Teams


Sale: 15 Rob Miller, 14 Mark Jennings, 13 Will Addison, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Mark Cueto, 10 Nick Macleod, 9 Nathan Fowles, 8 Andy Powell, 7 David Seymour (c), 6 Richie Vernon, 5 Fraser McKenzie, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Tony Buckley, 2 Tommy Taylor, 1 Eifion Lewis-Roberts.


Replacements: 16 Joe Ward, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Vadim Cobilas, 19 Kearnan Myall, 20 James Gaskell, 21 Cillian Willis, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Johnny Leota.


Cardiff Blues: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Gavin Evans, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Tom James, 10 Ceri Sweeney, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Andries Pretorius (c), 7 Sam Warburton, 6 Josh Navidi, 5 Lou Reed, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Benoit Bourrust, 2 Marc Breeze, 1 Tafa’ao Filise.


Replacements: 16 Andi Kyriacou, 17 Nathan Trevett, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 James Down, 20 Robin Copeland, 21 Lewis Jones, 22 Gareth Davies, 23 Dan Fish.

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