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Rugby Round-Up: Sale edge Gloucester and Salford suffer defeat

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​This past weekend saw two of Team Morson’s Rugby sides continue their journey in their respective sports. Sale Sharks moved to third in the Gallagher Premiership with a thrilling win over Gloucester, whilst Salford continue to look for their first win in the Super League this season with a defeat away to Catalans Dragons.

Sale Sharks 25-22 Gloucester

 The Sharks opened the scoring inside the first ten minutes as a great break through the middle from Rob du Preez saw him find Faf de Klerk who went over for the try. Johnny May responded for the away side soon after, but Sale soon responded as a brilliant offload from Sam James put through Aaron Reed, who charged his way through the Gloucester defence to get his second try of the season.

 Sale were forced to play the rest of the game a man down and up against the odds, as Rob du Preez was sent off in the 26th minute for a tip-tackle.

 The Sharks showed their grit as Marland Yarde got over early in the second half to extend the home side’s lead, but Gloucester fought back with tries from Santiago Carreras and Willie Heinz drawing the Cherry and Whites level with just over ten minutes to play. Sale edged in front with a cool and calm penalty from AJ MacGinty to set up a nail-biting end to the game.

 The late drama continued as Mark Atkinson thought he scored a winner for Gloucester minutes later, only for the try to be denied due to a knock-on in the build-up. Sale held on for a huge win going towards their push for a play-off spot and it was a great way to bounce back from the previous week’s exit from the Champions Cup.

Sale coach, Alex Sanderson gave his post-game thoughts:

 

"It [discipline] is addressed, constantly addressed, through our behaviours, through an awareness. Any discipline has got to be self-discipline.We're going to get caught out at some point, it does need to improve. I thought the discipline generally was good but it's the yellow and red cards you're talking about.

We're such a physical team, a big, upright team and we tend to give a lot of shots around the neck. This was slightly different in that it was a tip-tackle from Rob du Preez, who's not a dirty player, but it is what it is.

I'm fed up of calling refs, saying 'that was hard luck', as it's out of your control. You can't control that, so otherwise you end up being quite a bitter old man if you're blaming the refs for penalties and your own ill-discipline. If you get everything right in terms of your systems, discipline doesn't come into it. If we had got our exit right, got our ruck right, it [the red card] wouldn't have happened.

If you focus on yourself and focus on what you do then the rest should look after itself."

 

Sale XV: L James; Reed, S James, Van Rensburg, Yard; R Du Preez, De Klerk; Harrison, Van Der Merwe, Oosthuizen, Wiese, JP Du Preez, JL Du Preez, T Curry, D Du Preez.

Replacements: Langdon, Morozov, Harper, Phillips, Neild, Cliff, MacGinty, Hammersley.

Gloucester XV: Carreras; Rees-Zammit, Harris, Atkinson, May; Barton, Chapman; Rapava-Ruskin, Singleton, Balmain, Slater, Craig, Clement, Ludlow, Ackermann.

Replacements: Walker, Seville, Ford-Robinson, Garvey, Morgan, Heinz, Twelvetrees, Moyle.

 

Catalans Dragons 46-2 Salford Red Devils

 It was another tough Super League encounter for Salford going up against a Catalans side that were coming into the game with three wins from their first three, and the home side showed this confidence early with three tries in the opening half an hour. Benjamin Garcia, Samisoni Langi and Josh Drinkwater all got over for the Dragons during this time, and Yaha and Davies scored similar tries to one another to further add to their lead in the second half.

 The Red Devils got on the scoresheet in the 56th minute with Harvey Livett powering over on the left to score his first Super League try for the club. However, the Dragons were still on the hunt and Yaha added another two tries for Catalans to complete his hat-trick, closing a difficult day for Salford.

Salford next play Leigh Centurions in a big local derby on Friday April 23rd whilst Sale travel to Worcester on Saturday. We wish both teams the best of luck this week and will be showing our support!