Planet Rugby

Sale kick-off with a solid win

03rd September 2010 22:28

Share:

Sisa Koyamaibole Sale

Koyamaibole: Part of strong Sale pack in Aviva Premiership opener

Mike Brewer's tenure as head coach of Sale got off to the perfect start as the Sharks recorded a convincing 35-18 win over Newcastle.

In the first match of the new Aviva Premiership season, debutants Karena Wihongi and Tom Brady ran in tries and fly-half Nick Macleod notched four penalties and two conversions before the half-time interval at Edgeley Park.

The Falcons had scored the first try of the night through Brent Wilson and former Munster stand-off Jeremy Manning would eventually kick eight points.

But the hosts dominated for the vast majority of the game and two more penalties from Macleod and a drop goal from Dwayne Peel put them out of sight.

Both sides were looking for winning start after disappointing finishes last term and it was the hosts who were in the ascendancy in the early stages.

Ben Cohen collected Macleod's kick-off and set up and attack that would yield a penalty, which the stand-off slotted through the posts with barely a minute on the clock.

Props Andrew Sheridan and Wihongi carried the ball with purpose and their endeavour was rewarded with two more penalties, which Macleod also converted to make it 9-3.

Manning had earlier nailed a three-pointer before hitting the post with a second attempt but after five-metre scrum Newcastle flanker Wilson crashed over for a try to give the visitors the lead.

Sale continued to enjoy most of the pressure, however, and retook the lead when Wihongi burrowed over after a break from young prospect Brady.

And the advantage was extended when Macleod's well-weighted chip through allowed Brady to cross the whitewash to continue his impressive debut.

Macleod added the extras and sent another penalty through the posts to make it 23-10 before the interval.

Manning was taken off for Jimmy Gopperth at the start of the second half but could not provide the spark that the Falcons needed to get back into the game.

After Macleod added his fifth penalty of the night, he swapped places with Peel and the Wales international duly slotted a drop-goal over as Sale raced away from the visitors.

Macleod made it 35-13 in the 59th minute with another penalty, although the hosts also suffered from indiscipline as replacement scrum-half Chris Leck was sin binned for a dangerous tackle seconds after coming on.

And the Falcons capitalised to score a late consolation as Wilson powered his way over in the corner with eight minutes left on the clock.

The scorers:

For Sale:
Tries: Wihongi, Brady
Cons: MacLeod 2
Pens: MacLeod 6
Drop: Peel

For Newcastle:
Tries: Wilson 2
Con: Manning
Pens: Manning 2

Sale: 15 Paul Williams, 14 Tom Brady, 13 Kyle Tonetti, 12 Andy Tuilagi, 11 Ben Cohen, 10 Nick Macleod, 9 Dwayne Peel, 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 David Seymour , 6 Carl Fearns, 5 James Gaskell (c), 4 Nic Rouse, 3 Karena Wihongi, 2 Neil Briggs, 1 Andrew Sherian.
Replacements:16 Marc Jones, 17 Aston Croall, 18 Jack Forster, 19 Wame Lewaravu, 20 Sean Cox, 21 Chris Leck, 22 Matty James, 23 Rhys Crane.

Newcastle:15 Alex Tait, 14 Gcobani Bobo, 13 Luke Eves, 12 Andy Henderson, 11 Charlie Amesbury, 10 Jeremy Manning, 9 Chris Pilgrim, 8 Ally Hogg, 7 Will Welch, 6 Brent Wilson, 5 Tim Swinson, 4 James Hudson (c), 3 Tim Ryan, 2 Rob Vickers, 1 Jon Golding.
Replacements:16 Kieran Brookes, 17 Micky Ward, 18 Grant Shiells, 19 Filipo Levi, 20 Redford Pennycook, 21 Micky Young, 22 Jimmy Gopperth, 23 Rob Vickerman.

Referee: Dean Richards

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 28
Bath vs HarlequinsBath vs Harlequins Preview
Saturday , November 29
Leicester Tigers vs WaspsLeicester Tigers vs Wasps Preview
Exeter vs SaracensExeter vs Saracens Preview
Sunday , November 30
London Irish vs GloucesterLondon Irish vs Gloucester Preview
London Welsh vs NorthamptonLondon Welsh vs Northampton Preview
Newcastle Falcons vs Sale SharksNewcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks Preview
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
International Match
Saturday , November 29
Wales vs South AfricaWales vs South Africa Preview
England vs AustraliaEngland vs Australia Preview
More International Match fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , November 28
Munster vs UlsterMunster vs Ulster Preview
Cardiff Blues vs TrevisoCardiff Blues vs Treviso Preview
Saturday , November 29
Zebre vs EdinburghZebre vs Edinburgh Preview
Leinster vs OspreysLeinster vs Ospreys Preview
Connacht vs ScarletsConnacht vs Scarlets Preview
Sunday , November 30
Glasgow Warriors vs DragonsGlasgow Warriors vs Dragons Preview
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Thursday , December 4
La Rochelle vs Exeter19:45
More European Rugby Challenge Cup fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , November 29
Toulon vs Clermont AuvergneToulon vs Clermont Auvergne Preview
Oyonnax vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Lyon vs Montpellier18:30
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Castres vs Racing Metro Paris18:30
Toulouse vs Grenoble20:45
Sunday , November 30
Stade Francais vs Brive18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 23
Saracens 24 - 31 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester TigersLondon Welsh vs Leicester Tigers Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Georgia 35 - 24 JapanGeorgia vs Japan Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Treviso 24 - 24 LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Report
Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 22
London Irish 23 - 33 BathLondon Irish vs Bath Report
Exeter 31 - 15 WaspsExeter vs Wasps Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Italy 6 - 22 South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Report
England 28 - 9 SamoaEngland vs Samoa Report
France 13 - 18 ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Report
Wales 16 - 34 New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Report
Scotland 37 - 12 TongaScotland vs Tonga Report
Ireland 26 - 23 AustraliaIreland vs Australia Report
Romania 18 - 9 CanadaRomania vs Canada Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 21
Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale SharksHarlequins vs Sale Sharks Report
Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 GloucesterNewcastle Falcons vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Fiji 20 - 14 USAFiji vs USA Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Dragons 12 - 38 MunsterDragons vs Munster Report
Ulster 25 - 16 OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Report
Connacht 43 - 3 ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Report
Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 16
Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 SaracensLeicester Tigers vs Saracens Report
Wasps 71 - 7 London WelshWasps vs London Welsh Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 15
Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London IrishSale Sharks vs London Irish Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton830
2Exeter828
3Bath828
4Saracens825
5Leicester Tigers821