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Sale Sharks kicked off the Anglo Welsh LV= Cup with a narrow 32-29 victory over Premiership rivals Wasps at the AJ Bell stadium on Saturday.
Nick Macleod’s 75th-minute penalty was the difference as Sale narrowly defeated
Wasps at home.
Will Helu scored two tries for the visitors as both teams racked up try bonus
Wasps had outmatched their hosts physically in the opening 40 minutes, but
Sale roused themselves after the break inspired by skipper Dan Braid in his
first game of the season.
From 29-19 down Wasps threw the kitchen sink at Sale to draw level, before
Macleod’s strike settled the result.
Final Score Sale Sharks 32 (17) Wasps 29 (19)
Tries – De Marchi, Beaumont, Fihaki, Ingall
Pen -Ford, MacLeod
Con – Ford (2), MacLeod
Tries – Rowlands, Helu (2), Jackson
Pen – Lozowski
Con – Lozowski (3)
Referee: Greg Macdonald
Assistant Referees: Paul Dix, Gordon Goodliffe
Sale: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Phil MacKenzie, 13 Andrew Forsyth, 12 Sammy Tuitupou, 11 Charlie Ingall, 10 Joe Ford, 9 Will Cliff, 8 Viliami Fihaki, 7 Dan Braid (c), 6 Mark Easter, 5 Josh Beaumont, 4 Andrei Ostrikov, 3 Ross Harrison, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Alberto de Marchi
Replacements: 16 Shalva Mamukashvili, 17 Eifion Lewis Roberts, 18 James Flynn, 19 Jonathan Mills, 20 Andrew Hughes, 21 Nathan Fowles, 22 Nick Macleod, 23 Will Addison
Wasps: 15 Piers O’Conor, 14 Tom Howe, 13 Will Helu, 12 Ben Jacobs (c), 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Alex Lozowski, 9 Charlie Davies, 8 Ed Jackson, 7 Thomas Young, 6 Buster Lawrence, 5 Will Rowlands, 4 James Cannon, 3 Phil Swainston, 2 Tom Lindsay, 1 Simon McIntyre
Replacements: 16 Ed Shervington, 17 Alex Lundberg, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 Tom Baldwin, 20 Sam Jones, 21 Tom Bliss, 22 George Eastwell, 23 Connor Dolan
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