Sale get better of Saracens

Date published: February 21 2015

Sale kept up the pressure on the Aviva Premiership play-off hunters with a vital 14-10 victory over Saracens at Salford City Stadium on Saturday.

Sale utterly dominated the first-half of the game and deservedly went into half-time in the lead with two tries courtesy of Sam Tuitupou and Jonathan Mills. 

Saracens did manage to get some points on the board during the first 40, with a penalty for Alex Goode but they went into half-time trailing 14-3. 

The home side failed to get any points on the board in the second-half but still managed to clinch the victory. 

Saracens scored a try courtesy of Richard Barrington very late in the game to secure them a losing bonus-point as they went down 14-10. 

Goode missed his first penalty attempt on six minutes but ten minutes later, he slotted the ball between the sticks to put the Saracens in the lead. 

However, the home side fought back with a ferocious attack and a clever back hand pass out from Danny Cipriani in the tackle hit Tuitupou on a fantastic line and he sailed passed the Sarries defence to score the try. 

Saracens' Jacques Burger was shown a yellow card on 29 minutes for not using his hands in the tackle but despite being a man down, the visitors did well to hold out a determined Sale. 

It seemed the constant possession from Sale may come to nothing as half-time approached but before Burger could return to the field, Richard Wigglesworth was also shown a yellow card for a high tackle. Sale finally managed to take advantage and the maul from the line-out bundled Mills over the line on 40 minutes and they went into half-time 14-3 in the lead. 

Goode missed an opportunity to add a penalty to the scoreline for Saracens early on in the second-half and from then on it became an equal battle between the two sides. 

Both held out until very late in the second half and the stalemate was only broken by Mark Cueto's yellow card on 76 minutes for deliberately knocking the ball on as Saracens looked to score. The visitors took advantage and after some deliberation by the TMO, Barrington was awarded the losing bonus point try on 79 minutes, his team still having to accept the 14-10 defeat.

The scorers:

For Sale:
Tries: Tuitupou, Mills
Con: Cipriani 2

For Saracens:
Try: Barrington
Con: Goode
Pen: Goode

Sale: 15 Mike Haley, 14 Will Addison, 13 Johnny Leota, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Mark Cueto, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Chris Cusiter, 8 Josh Beaumont, 7 David Seymour, 6 Dan Braid (c), 5 Nathan Hines, 4 Jonathan Mills, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Eifion Lewis Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Tommy Taylor, 17 Alberto de Marchi, 18 Ross Harrison, 19 Magnus Lund, 20 Mark Easter, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Joe Ford, 23 Tom Arscott.

Saracens: 15 Chris Wyles, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 David Strettle, 10 Alex Goode, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Jackson Wray, 7 Jacques Burger, 6 Ernst Joubert, 5 Alistair Hargreaves (c), 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Petrus du Plessis, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 Brett Sharman, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Juan Figallo, 19 Hayden Smith, 20 Matt Hankin, 21 Neil de Kock, 22 Nick Tompkins, 23 Nils Mordt.

Referee: Dean Richards
TMO: Trevor Fisher