Sale Sharks book Anglo Welsh LV Cup final vs Quins

Sale Sharks booked a place in the Anglo Welsh LV= Cup final against Harlequins when they beat Saracens 21-15 at the Salford City stadium.


Saracens led for most of the second half and they looked to moving away with the result after Ben Spencer kicked his fifth penalty.


However Sale worked the ball upfield and replacement scrumhalf Nathan Fowles scored a second half try which put them ahead and Cipriani converted.


Former Wales international Andy Powell was awarded man of the match.


Sharks were dealt a pre-match blow when Cameron Shepherd pulled up in the warm up and youngster Mike Haley was drafted in as a last minute replacement at full-back.


Sale enjoyed much of the early minutes on the attack with Andy Powell and Henry Thomas were making good metres before a knock-on brought a promising series of phases to a halt.


Danny Cipriani put the first points on the board on three minutes with a ten metre penalty. The lead lasted less than two minutes as Saracens scrum-half Ben Spencer kicked a penalty from in front of the posts for Saracens, before kicking his second penalty on seven minutes from 40 metres.


Sale were playing into a very strong wind and even penalty kicks to touch were not relieving the pressure, Spencer adding a third penalty from near half-way.


Play was stopped when Sale captain David Seymour had lengthy treatment for a bang on his shoulder but he resumed albeit looking a little worse for wear. Danny Cipriani brought the Sharks back in contention with another close range penalty.


Saracens applied most of the pressure after the Cipriani penalty and went 6-12 up on 24 minutes with Spencer’s fourth penalty.


Sale weathered a lot of Saracens pressure before Tom Holmes won a line out 15 metres out after 37 minutes and charged over for a try. Cipriani’s attempted conversion demonstrated how vicious the wind was as it bent away badly after being kicked.


The visitors launched an attack ten minutes into the second half and were rewarded with a penalty which Ben Spencer took. His 100% record was ended when his kick was caught by the wind and went horribly wide.


Saracens were then awarded a penalty 25 metres out going into the final quarter in front of goal which Ben Spencer slotted home.


Sharks mounted a series of attacks on the Saracens line after 66 minutes and Nathan Fowles scored a try in the corner to give the home side the lead. Cipriani judged the conditions perfectly to convert from the touchline with 13 minutes left.


The crowd were on their feet with three minutes to go as Sale were awarded a penalty. Cipriani opted to kick for goal and made no mistake to leave the score at 21-15, as Sale progressed to meet Harlequins in the LV=Cup final next weekend.


Final Score Sale Sharks 21 (11) Saracens 15 (12)


Scorers


Sale Sharks
Tries – Holmes, Fowles
Pen – Cipriani 3
Con – Cipriani
Drop –


Saracens
Tries –
Pen – Spencer (5)
Con –
Drop –


Match Officials
Referee:
J.P.Doyle (RFU) 6th competition game.
Assistant Referees: Martin Fox, Robin Goodliffe (RFU).
TMO: Trevor Fisher (RFU).


Teams


Sale Sharks


Mike Haley , 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 Ostrikov, James Doyle, Nathan Fowles, Sam James, Will Addison


Saracens


15 Ben Ransom , 14 James Short , 13 Chris Wyles , 12 Adam Powell , 11 Joe Maddock , 10 Nils Mordt , 9 Ben Spencer , 1 Nick Auterac , 2 Jamie George , 3 Petrus du Plessis , 4 George Kruis , 5 Mouritz Botha , 6 Ju

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