Sale v Saracens Anglo Welsh LV= Cup preview

Saracens and Sale Sharks have named their teams to face each other in the Anglo Welsh LV= Cup Semi-final on Sunday as the Salford City Stadium.

The majority of the Saracens starting XV named are those who have helped the club progress to the knockout stages of the competition. ,

Nick Auterac, Jamie George and Petrus du Plessis make up the front row while captain Nils Mordt and Ben Spencer are the halfback pairing.

Justin Melck continues his return from injury in the back row while Chris Wyles and Mouritz Botha are also in the side.

Schalk Brits, Matt Stevens, Neil de Kock and Charlie Hodgson are among those named on the replacement’s bench.

Saracens have won both league meetings between the two sides while a penalty kick proved to be the difference in Sale’s favour in the LV=Cup pool game in Manchester earlier this season.

“We have reached this stage in the past and we have not progressed so we want to get into the final as this is a cup we have never won,” said Saracens Forwards Coach Alex Sanderson.

“Going into the game it’s important that we rely on of some of things that we have done well traditionally as a side. That’s a strong defence, winning the territorial battle and taking the points when they are available.

Sale are a very proud club and you expect them to compete, in every aspect and every phase of the game. It’s going to be tough up there, but we are looking forward to it.”

In terms of recent form Sale Sharks’ only previous defeat in this season’s LV= Cup was 28-34 at London Irish in round one.

Sale have lost their last two semi-final ties since beating Wasps in the 2006 Premiership play-offs.

The Sharks’ only previous appearance in the last four of the Anglo-Welsh Cup was in 2007 at Millennium Stadium, where they lost out at that stage 19-29 to Leicester.

Sale Sharks are still propping up the Aviva Premiership Rugby table, having lost their last two fixtures against Harlequins and Leicester.

The Sharks’ overall record in all competitions since moving to Salford City Stadium at the start of the season is a less than flattering won 6, lost 7.

Saracens only loss in their last 12 matches was 16-29 at London Irish in the Premiership on 9 February.

Sarries have lost just one of their last seven LV= Cup ties: 23-25 to Sale at Salford in round two of this season’s competition.

Saracens have won only two of their last nine semi-final matches, and have been defeated in both their previous appearances at this stage in the Anglo- Welsh Cup: 3-30 to Ospreys at Millennium Stadium in 2008 and 20-31 to Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens in 2010.

This game will be Saracens third trip to Salford City Stadium, winning 23-16 there in the Premiership on 8 September, but losing 23-25 in the LV= Cup on 16 November.

The two clubs have met only twice before in a cup knockout match: Sarries winning 26-20 at Vicarage Road in the 6th round of the 2002/03 Powergen Cup, but Sale exacting revenge the following season in the quarter-finals of the same tournament with a 26-3 win at Edgeley Park.

Match : Sale Sharks v Saracens
Date : Sunday  10/3/13
Venue : Salford City Stadium
Kick Off : 1pm
Live on: Sky Sports
Match Officials
Referee: J
.P.Doyle (RFU) 6th competition game.
Assistant Referees: Martin Fox, Robin Goodliffe (RFU).
TMO: Trevor Fisher (RFU).


Sale Sharks

Cameron Shepherd, Tom Brady, Jonny Leota, Nick Macleod, Charlie Ingall, Danny Cipriani, Cillian Willis, Ross Harrison, Tommy Taylor, Henry Thomas, Fraser McKenzie, Tom Holmes, James Gaskell, David Seymour, Andy Powell

Replacements Marc Jones, Alasdair Dickinson, Tony Buckley, Andrei O

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