Sale Sharks v London Welsh Premiership Preview

Sale Sharks Director of Rugby Steve Diamond has named his team to play London Welsh in the Aviva Premiership at the AJ Bell Stadium without Scotland international Nathan Hines.

Hines will miss this weekend’s Premiership action after he injured his arm playing against Gloucester.

As a result Michael Paterson moves to Lock and Magnus Lund starts for the first time since his return to the club at Blind Side Flanker.

Jonny Leota also starts at centre for the first time this season having recovered from a leg infection.

Tongan International Viliami Fahiki is named amongst the replacements.

Sale Sharks’ only victory in their last seven fixtures in all tournaments came at Exeter in the Aviva Rugby Premiership on 19th April. The Sharks have lost their last four games at AJ Bell Stadium in all competitions, their worst run since moving to their new home.

London Welsh will want to avoid Bedford’s unwanted record of being the only side in Premiership history to concede over 50 points in three successive matches.

The Exiles only victory in their last 14 Premiership encounters was at home to Worcester in May 2013.

London Welsh’s only previous way Premiership victory came at the AJ Bell Stadium, defeating Sale 29-19 on 21st September 2012.

The two clubs have met in four previous competitive fixtures with London Welsh victorious just once.

London Welsh have named a team with five changes , including two positional and all in the forwards.

Koree Britton starts at hooker in place of Nathan Morris while Dean Schofield and James Down come in for Peter Browne and Matt Corker in the second row.

Browne moves to blindside flanker with Lachlan McCaffrey switching from the number 6 jersey to number 8.

Welsh go in to the game having got their season up and running with a four-try bonus point in their defeat to Bath Rugby, but for the second consecutive week the Exiles conceded seven tries and more than 50 points.

“We were pleased with the fact that we were able to pick up a point at Bath – we scored four good tries against a very good Bath side. But we were once again disappointed with our individual errors,” said head coach Justin Burnell.

“The focus has to be to maintain our attacking flair and minimise those errors. The emphasis this week, therefore, has been on keeping our standards high and continuing to work hard, with the purpose of being able to compete within the Aviva Premiership.”

Match : Sale Sharks v London Welsh
Date : Saturday 20th September
Venue : AJ Bell Stadium,
Kick Off : 2pm
Live on: N/A
Match Officials
Referee
: Andrew Small (107th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Gareth Copsey and Peter Huckle.
TMO: Sean Davey.

Teams

Sale Sharks

15 Luke Mclean, 14 Tom Brady, 13 Will Addison, 12 Jonny Leota, 11 Tom Arscott, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Chris Cusiter, 1 Ross Harrison, 2 Shalva Mamukashvili, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 4 Jonathan Mills, 5 Michael Paterson, 6 Magnus Lund, 7 David Seymour, 8 Mark Easter

Replacements ; 16 Cameron Neild, 17 Alberto de Marchi, 18 Eifion Lewis-Roberts, 19 Andrei Ostrikov, 20 Viliami Fahiki, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Joe Ford, 23 Mark Jennings

London Welsh

15. Seb Jewell, 14. Seb Stegmann, 13. Nic Reynolds, 12. Tim Molenaar, 11. Nick Scott, 10. Olly Barkley* (C), 9. Piri Weepu*, 1. Ricky Reeves, 2. Koree Britton, 3. Taione Vea*, 4. Dean Schofield*, 5. James Down, 6. Peter Browne, 7. Richard Thorpe, 8. Lachlan McCaffrey.

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