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Northampton Saints host Sale Sharks at Franklin's Gardens

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Article Published: Friday 19 April 2013


Northampton Saints boss Jim Mallinder has made two changes to his starting team to face Sale Sharks at Franklin's Gardens in the Aviva Premiership.

Tom May comes into the team at outside centre replacing George Pisi while GJ van Velze replaces Samu Manoa at No.8 eight in the only changes to the team that beat London Welsh last weekend.

Northampton Saints will be all out for a bonus point win which would guarantee them an Aviva Premiership rugby semi-final spot for the fourth year in a row, maybe less should Gloucester not gain maximum points this weekend.

The Saints have lost only one of their last half a dozen fixtures in the competition: 8-36 at home to Leicester in round 19.

Sale Sharks are unbeaten in their last three Premiership matches since their 10-48 reversal at Leicester on 2nd March.

Saleís solitary away victory this season in the Premiership was 26-25 over London Welsh at Kassam Stadium in round 15.

The Sharks have beaten the Saints just once in their last eight encounters in all competitions: 29-21 at Edgeley Park in September 2011.

Sale have not lowered Northamptonís colours at Franklinís Gardens since a 36-34 victory in May 2006.

Sharks boss Steve Diamond has made several changes to his starting side with former England wing Mark Cueto starting out outside centre in place of Johnny Leota who moves to number 12 .

Sale Sharks boss has made several changes to his run-on side. In the back-line, veteran wing will start at outside centre in place of

Mike Haley replaces former Wallaby Cameron Shepherd at full-back while Tom Brady and Charlie Amesbury takes over from Will Addison and Cueto on the wings and Danny Cipriani starts at fly-half at Nick Macleod's expense.

Match : Northampton Saints v Sale Sharks
Date : Saturday 20 April
Venue : Franklin's Gardens,
Kick Off : 5.45pm
Live on: N/A
Match Officials
Referee:
Luke Pearce (13th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Andrew Watson & Kevin Stewart
TMO: Graham Hughes.

Teams

Northampton

15 Ben Foden, 14 Ken Pisi, 13 Tom May, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Jamie Elliott, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 GJ van Velze, 7 Phil Dowson, 6 Tom Wood, 5 Christian Day, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 1 Soane Tonga'uiha.

Replacements: 16 Mike Haywood, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Paul Doran Jones, 19 Samu Manoa, 20 Calum Clark, 21 Martin Roberts, 22 Ryan Lamb, 23 James Wilson.

Sale Sharks

Mike Haley, Tom Brady, Mark Cueto, Jonny Leota, Charlie Amesbury, Danny Cipriani, Dwayne Peel, Ross Harrison, Tommy Taylor, Henry Thomas, Kearnan Myall, Tom Holmes, Richie Vernon, David Seymour Captain, James Gaskell

Replacements: Marc Jones, James Flynn, Aston Croall, Josh Beaumont, James Doyle, Nathan Fowles, Sam James, Charlie Ingall

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