Sale Sharks 48-10 Harlequins: Game Day Highlights
The Sharks made good ground through the Du Preez brothers in the opening few minutes and pressed into the Quins 22. Just as Sale were looking increasingly likely to score, a loose ball was gathered by Gabs Ibitoye, who subsequently kicked his way through the Sharks 22 to go over. Smith added the extras and the away side had an early 0-7 lead.
Sale quickly looked for a reply and the visitors were soon penalised in their 22. Rob du Preez successfully kicked for the three points. The Sharks continued to show their hunger in attack in the following minutes and a great inside pass from Rob du Preez put Akker through, who charged over. This was the prolific hooker’s tenth try of the season. Rob du Preez followed up with the conversion and the home side were deservedly ahead, after an action-packed opening ten minutes.
Just as Quins successfully countered with an end to end try in the opening minutes, Sale followed suit with one of their own in the 21st minute. The away side looked to be clear through, until Luke James tackled Goneva and regained possession. Sam James set McGuigan on the chase with his hack down field and he offloaded back to Sam for the try. Rob du Preez made the following kick from out wide and Sale led 17-7.
Quins put the Sharks defence under a pressure with a series of attacks in the next ten minutes and managed to reduce the deficit to seven points through a Marcus Smith penalty, after the home side were penalised for offside.
The home side added another try before half-time as Luke James drove through the Quins defence from the 22 line to go over. Rob du Preez was good for the extras again and Sale entered the break 24-10 after a scintillating 40 minutes.
The Sharks began the second half with more of the same as they charged towards the sticks in search of a fourth try. Quins conceded another penalty in front of the posts in the 48th minute and Rob du Preez dispatched to bring the score to 27-10.
Sale eventually got their fourth try of the night and the bonus point in the 66th minute as Webber went over at the back of a maul and Rob added the extras. The Sharks now had a 34-10 lead heading into the final 14 minutes. The home side didn’t show any signs of slowing down as the game drew to a close, with Ashton and Van Rensberg finding the time to add to the score with their tries. AJ MacGinty made no mistakes with the conversions and the Sharks recorded a well-deserved bonus-point win, after a relentless attacking display.
Steve Diamond was particularly impressed with the fact that his side never took the foot off the pedal throughout the duration of Friday’s match:
“It’s the first time this year we’ve done it, so I’m happy with the result. We did well in the first half, first seven/eight minutes of the second half we weathered a storm and too that penalty that took us more than two scores. That seemed to take away any anxiety and we opened up as best we could really. If you run hard and create momentum and we managed to do that”
Another positive was the nature of the Sale performance, given that they were missing one of their most prized assets:
“I though they responded really well to the injury to Faf last week, Faf’s the heartbeat of the team and Cliffy came in and did his job. He box kicked really well, he cleared really well and he got the ball into Rob du Preez’s hands. I was impressed with Valery Morozov’s performance, he was dominant when he came on and I don’t know how you couldn’t be pleased with a performance like that. It sends us into the top four where we need to be”
Sale now return to European action this week as they travel to France to face familiar foes, La Rochelle. We look forward to seeing another great Sharks performance!
15. L.James, 14. C.Ashton, 13. S. James, 12. R. Janse van Rensberg, 11. B. McGuigan, 10. R. Du Preez, 9. W.Cliff, 8. D. Du Preez. 7. T. Curry, 6. J. Ross, 5. JL. Du Preez, 4. B.Evans, 3. WG. John, 2. A. van der Merwe, 1. R.Harrison
16. R. Webber, 17. V. Morozov, 18. J. Cooper-Wooley, 19. J.Phillips, 20. B. Curry, 21. G.Warr, 22. AJ MacGinty, 23. M.Yarde
15. R. Chisholm, 14. G. Ibiotoye, 13. C.Murley, 12. P. Lasike, 11. V. Goneva, 10. M. Smith, 9. D. Care, 8. T. Lawday, 7. C. Robshaw, 6. J. Chisholm, 5. M. Symons, 4. S. Lewies, 3. K. Sinckler, 2. E. Elia, 1. J. Marler
16. J.Musk, 17. S. Garcia Botta, 18. W. Collier, 19. T. Cavubati 20. S. Kunatani, 21. M. Landajo, 22. B. Herron, 23. A.Morris
Attendance – 8,579