Sale Sharks thump London Irish in Premiership

Sale Sharks scored five tries on their way to 36-8 Aviva Premiership victory over London Irish at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday.

Chris Noakes got the scoring off to a start for London Irish with a penalty
in the second minute of the game but it proved to be the visitors’ only points
of the first half.

It was the home side who dominated the first 40, with tries from David Seymour
and skipper Dan Braid and a penalty try also awarded on the whistle.

Danny Cipriani’s kicking game proved crucial, with the fly-half kicking two
conversions and a penalty, making it 22-3 at the half time whistle.

The Exiles’ only try of the game came courtesy of their captain George Skivington
in the second half but it proved to be only a consolation for the visitors in
the end.

Sale went on to receive another penalty try from referee Matthew Carley and
Andy Forsyth also went over for his side in the last few minutes of the game
to seal a very convincing victory.

Despite Sale’s dominance in the first half of the game, it was London Irish
who put the first points on the board courtesy of Noakes in only the second

The early scoring did not worry the home side however and they were over for
a try shortly after. Cipriani put in an excellent kick to the corner, giving
his side a line-out five metres from their own try line and Seymour was on the
end of some excellent passing to crash over the line.

Cipriani was unlucky to miss a penalty to further extend his sides lead but
Noakes similarly missed his own penalty to get his team closer to their opponents.

However Cipriani was able to make up for his earlier miss with a successful
penalty in the last 10 minutes of the half.

The visitors’ discipline was starting to cost them dear and Sale’s next try
came directly after the sin binning of David Paice.

Another Cipriani kick put Sale in an excellent position as the forwards buried
their way over and Braid took the ball over the line.

In the final minute of the first half, the Sharks were awarded a penalty try
for London Irish collapsing the maul and Luke Narraway was immediately shown
a yellow card for the visitors.

Down to only 13 men, London Irish did their best to weather the storm at the
start of the second half but they could not contain a rampage by Sale.

The home side were awarded another penalty try early on in the second half,
giving them a four-try bonus point in the league and undoubtedly putting the
game out of the visitors reach.

Despite the odds being stacked against them, London Irish never gave up in
attack and their persistence paid off with a try for captain Skivington from
a driving maul.

In the end it proved in vain when Sale went over for their fifth try of the
game in the 75th minute. A break from Nick Macleod sent Andy Forsyth over for
what looked like such a simple try and Sale were the victors, with a very convincing
36-8 scoreline.

Final Score Sale Sharks 36 (22) London Irish 8 (3)


Sale Sharks
Tries – Seymour, Jones, Penalty (2), Forsyth
Pen – Cipriani
Con – Cipriani (3), MacLeod
Drop –
Cards –

London Irish
Tries – Skivington
Pen – Noakes
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Matthew Carley (18th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Gareth Copsey and Ashley Rowden.
TMO: Trevor Fisher.


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