Five try Northampton too strong for Sale Sharks

Northampton Saints got back to winning ways in the Aviva Premiership when they beat Sale Sharks 33-14 with a bonus point victory at Franklin’s Garden on Friday.

Stephen Myler converted four of the Saints five tries in his 200th match for Northampton Saints.

Three unanswered tries in the first half laid the platform as Saints disposed
of Sharks to move second in the table.

Northampton were looking to bounce back from a narrow reverse away at Gloucester,
while Sale were looking to make it back to back wins following their triumph
over Wasps.

An even start to the game was interrupted on 14 minutes by the game’s first
try, scored by Luther Burrell, who sailed over the line following an ambitious
attacking move from the hosts.

Stephen Myler added the conversion and the Saints went further ahead on 23
minutes when George North crossed for his first try in Northampton colours out
wide.

Myler missed this time, but he was back on target following George Pisi’s try
just after the half hour as the Saints continued to dominate proceedings.

At 19-0, Sale knew they needed to find the next points of the game to stay
in the contest, and they gave themselves hope on the stroke of half-time when
Mark Cueto crossed for Danny Cipriani to convert.

14 minutes into the second half Lee Dickson made it even tougher for Sale when
he strode over for Saints, and just after the hour the contest was as good as
over courtesy of a deserved try from Phil Dowson.

Myler’s fourth successful conversion of the evening made it 33-7 and, with
the bonus point already in the bag, Saints appeared content to sit on their
lead.

The Sharks crossed for a deserved consolation in the dying minutes through
Mark Jones, though it did little to dent the atmosphere at Franklin Gardens,
as Northampton bounced back from last week’s setback.

Final Score Northampton Saints 33 (19) Sale Sharks 14 (7)

Scorers

Northampton Saints
Tries – Burrell, North, G Pisi, L Dickson, Dowson
Pen –
Con – Myler (4)
Drop –

Sale Sharks
Tries – Cueto, Jones
Pen –
Con – Cipriani, Ford
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee: David Rose (114th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Stuart Terheege & Nigel Carrick
TMO: Rowan Kitt.

Teams

Northampton Saints

15 Ben Foden, 14 Jamie Elliott, 13 George Pisi, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 George North, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 Sam Dickinson, 7 Phil Dowson, 6 Calum Clark, 5 Christian Day, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Tom Mercey, 2 Dylan Hartley (capt), 1 Alex Corbisiero.

Replacements: 16 Mike Haywood, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 Samu Manoa, 20 Tom Wood, 21 Kahn Fotuali’i, 22 James Wilson, 23 Ken Pisi.

Sale Sharks

Tom Arscott, Rob Miller, Mark Cueto, Andy Forsyth, Tom Brady, Danny Cipriani, Will Cliff, Eifion Lewis Roberts, Tommy Taylor, Vadim Colbilas, Kirill Kulemin, Michael Paterson, Dan Braid Captain, David Seymour, Mark Easter

Replacements Marc Jones, Ross Harrison, Henry Thomas, Johnathan Mills, Andrei Ostrikov, Nathan Fowles, Joe Ford, Phil McKenzie.

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