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We are delighted to be the headline sponsor of Rugby League's Salford Red Devils for the 2020 season!

The Morson logo will sit proudly, front and centre of the Red Devils’ home, away and magic weekend shirts as well as on the players socks. But the partnership will go beyond a logo as, alongside Salford Red Devils, we embark on a programme of meaningful activities to support the wider Salford community.

Morson CEO, Ged Mason, OBE said:

“We’re delighted to be involved with Salford Red Devils.  Our company head office is still based in Salford and I lived and went to school in Salford, so there’s a lot of heritage. I’m proud of my roots and thought it was the right time to support our local Rugby League club.

The Grand Final was a great event for the whole city, which led to me being asked to support the club. Hopefully the momentum and enthusiasm from the final will carry on and the community will get behind the club.

Local businesses have had the opportunity to advertise on the shirt as well, which was a great idea, and I’m pleased that the winning company, Cannon, are based locally in Trafford Park.  The benefits that Salford offer through TV coverage, and their performance on the pitch, elevates what they can offer to sponsors significantly.

The coverage was one of the decisions which helped me decide to advertise on the shirt, because of the fantastic reach it has.

I know the back office are working their socks off to help the club and achieve more sponsorship opportunities. If we can all rally round and support our local club and the local community, it will be an exciting season ahead!

Salford Red Devils director Paul King said:

This agreement is a symbol of the direction in which the club is travelling ahead of the 2020 season. To have formed a partnership with a global brand shows the level the club intends to operate at, following our Grand Final appearance.

With Morson’s head office based in Salford, it also highlights our identity as a community club. We’ve been really encouraged by the number of businesses coming forward to support the club since our play-off campaign and hope to see this continue ahead of the 2020 season. 


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    Callum Smith's Hometown Return | Smith vs Ryder Preview

    MORSON SPORT | 3 MIN READ Callum Smith and Joe Gallagher preview Satuday's huge fight Mundo also looks ahead to a possible Anfield main event next year and who that could be against! Team Morson’s Callum Smith returns to the ring this weekend to fight in his hometown of Liverpool for the first time in two years. The Super-Middleweight will be defending his WBA World, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine world titles against mandatory challenger, John Ryder. 30-year-old, Ryder is currently on a four-fight win streak, with all coming as a result of KO or TKO and Callum recognises the toughness his opponent brings: “He’s on a good run of form. I’ve got to expect an even better version of him than we’ve seen before but I’m on good form myself, the form of my career. I’ve become the best super-middleweight in the world for a reason. There’s potentially huge fights out there for me but they all disappear if I slip up against John Ryder. He’s got my full attention, he’s the man I’m focused on. I’m not looking past him at all, I believe I’ll put in a big performance and unfortunately for John, I think he’ll come across the best version of me” Joe Gallagher, who has coached Callum since his debut back in 2012, has seen the youngest Smith brother develop into one of the sport’s elite and he believes the best is still yet to come: “You’re dealing with Callum Smith, who in my opinion is one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world. He’s punching very hard and hasn’t produced the best performance he can do in a ring yet, which is very scary for opponents out there. I know what I see every day in the gym” Since ‘Mundo’ last fought in Liverpool, he has won the Ali Trophy, multiple world titles he’s set to defend and also boxed at the prestigious Madison Square Garden. Despite all the accolades and international highlights, nothing is quite like home for Callum Smith. “I enjoyed all the away trips, they’re all good in their own way but fighting in Liverpool is special, it always has been. From early on in my career I made a promise to bring a world title back to the city, this is it now, this is me bringing a world title back in front of the home fans” Gallagher reiterated the importance of an impressive win in terms of opening the doors for long-awaited super-fights in the stacked Super-Middleweight division: “He’s got to take care of business, there’s huge pressure on Callum. The whole city of Liverpool needs him to win here, because if he does, they’ll get their Anfield night. He’s got to take care of business, there’s huge pressure on Callum. The whole city of Liverpool needs him to win here, because if he does, they’ll get their Anfield night” Speaking of a potential Anfield main event, Smith highlighted who he believes would be standing across the ring from him, if a match could be made at the iconic football ground: “I’d be a fool to look past John Ryder, but obviously Eddie has massive names for the Anfield date. If it does come off, I think Billy Joe Saunders would be easiest to make with us both being at Matchroom. I think there’s others Eddie would prefer to make, whether he can and deliver them is a different matter. Over the next few months we’ll see what they come up with” Regardless of the exciting future that may await Callum he is completely focused on the task at hand this weekend: “From my debut till now, I’ve always had the outlook that if the best version of me turns up, I’ll beat anyone in the world. This fight’s no different, I’m going to do what I’m good at and let John Ryder adapt to my style. As long as I perform and do what I’m good at, then I should be good enough to get the win and look good doing it” Saturday night promises to be a special night for the fighting city of Liverpool and we at Morson wish Callum the best of luck in the defence of his world titles. Stay up to date and read more Morson Sport news here

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    Reflections, Retirement and Reverence : Crolla, Smith and Gallagher look back on their storied careers so far

    MORSON SPORT | 3 MIN READ Anthony Crolla, Callum Smith & Joe Gallagher look back on their huge year in discussion with Dom McGuinness! 2019 has been an eventful one to say the least for the Morson sponsored Anthony Crolla and Callum Smith. The former said farewell to the sport in his home city whilst the latter defended his multiple world titles on two of Matchroom's marquee shows. We recently hosted a panel event with the two boxers and trainer Joe Gallagher to reflect on the careers of the three men to date and look ahead to their futures. Crolla: Retirement and Reflection Anthony Crolla has always stated that he has wanted to leave the sport before he is forced to leave it. With exciting work in coaching prospect Dylan Evans and punditry with Sky Sports presenting itself throughout the year, this was the right time for Million Dollar to walk away from boxing. Prior to his final fight, Crolla had the opportunity to fight P4P great, Vasily Lomachenko back in April. This was a massively valuable experience against a truly elite athlete and a payday that would secure a fruitful future for his family. After the Lomachenko fight, Anthony entered the Manchester Arena for the final time as he defeated the tough and durable Frank Urquiaga. When speaking with Dom McGuinness at our panel event, Crolla looked back on a memorable night back in 2013, which was truly make or break for his career: “I remember the Gavin Rees fight; my wife was heavily pregnant at the time and winning that fight allowed me to have that contract with Matchroom. If I’d have lost that fight, I think I wouldn’t have been able to be a full time professional boxer. That win allowed me to put a deposit on the house and you can see after that what it meant to me” Anthony suffered seven losses during his 45-fight career, with an early loss to part time ice-cream manYoussef Al Hamidi momentarily setting his career back. Even though each defeat was tough to take in their own right, the 33-year-old sees them as vital learning curves to enable future progress: “Joe took me on when very few people thought I would achieve a fraction of what I did. I had a fair few defeats but I never looked at them as losses, I looked at them as lessons. I had a few harsh lessons but I wouldn’t change them, they made me who I was and that gave me career that I had.” The former WBA Lightweight Champion also pinpointed two of his proudest moments during his time in the ring: “If I had to pick two moments, it’d be winning the world title or defending my world title. Being introduced as a world champion from Manchester by Michael Buffer and walking out still champion was probably the highlight of my career” Callum Smith: Money fights and Vegas nights ahead for Mundo? Last month saw Callum Smith successfully defend his WBA Super-Middleweight world title in a tougher than expected battle against mandatory challenger John Ryder. Callum admitted it wasn’t the best performance from himself in his initial post-fight interviews and fans and pundits voiced their opinions on whether the scorecards should have been as widely in favour of the youngest Smith brother in the immediate aftermath of the contest. Now that some time has passed, Callum gave his take on the fight and his performance: “You’ve got to expect a bit of criticism when you don’t box well, that’s just part of being a world champion and I didn’t at the weekend. I’ve always said a good fighter wins when they perform and wins when they don’t and I believe I did that. Everyone thought it was going to be a blowout but it wasn’t, he earned his position to challenge for the World title and I went in there and go the win” He continued: “I’d like to just fight the biggest names possible, it’ll give me that fear factor of if I don’t perform I’ll lose. The possibility of losing has always brought out the best in me, I get that fear when I fight the big names. I’ve got a very good team around me and hopefully they can deliver the big names next year” Speaking of big names, Callum has a particular superstar in mind that he’s looking to throw down with next: “Canelo. That’s the fight everyone wants, he’s the biggest name in boxing. It’s a fight I’d welcome and a fight I believe I would win. I believe he’s a better Middleweight than Super-Middleweight or Light-Heavyweight. If it’s not Canelo, then there’s a lot of other good fighters I’d love to share the ring with” Joe Gallagher: Man management and Sacrifice Manchester born Joe Gallagher became the first trainer to be named the Boxing News British Trainer of the year twice with his second win this year, a testament to his work in producing a number of world champions from his Gallagher’s gym stable. Joe gave an insight into one of the important ways he developed unique working relationships with each of his fighters: “For 10 years, I’ve always ran a stable of 10-12 fighters and it’s the man management that’s key. You can’t treat them all the same. Years ago, we went to L.A but it was more for me to get to know my fighters. Outside of the gym, Callum and his brothers will go home and play a game of tennis, Anthony will help at his amateur club and others will play on their Playstation. It made me understand what made them tick.” Gallagher also highlighted the more challenging aspects that come with being a world class coach and the sacrifices that are made to consistently reach targets: ‘The hardest thing for me is the studying the opponents and getting the potential sparring partners. The lads will come in on a Monday and ask if I watched the fight at the weekend and I’ll tell them that I haven’t because I’ve been watching their opponents. It affects your family life… I’ve had to miss parents’ evenings etc” All three men should be immensely proud of what they have achieved so far and it was great to have Anthony, Callum and Joe at Adamson House to discuss manifesting goals, exceeding expectations and keys to staying motivated. We would like to congratulate the Gallagher’s Gym and Morson representatives on a great 2019 and look forward to seeing how the future unfolds! Stay up to date and read more Morson Sport news here

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    Sale Sharks vs Exeter Chiefs: Game Day Highlights

    MORSON SPORT | 3 MIN READ We followed Sale Sharks in yesterday's close defeat to Exeter and caught up with England head coach, Eddie Jones! It was another tough outing in the Champions Cup for Team Morson's Sale Sharks yesterday, as Steve Diamond's side narrowly lost 20-22 to Exeter in a thrilling encounter at the AJ Bell. Sale currently sit at third in Pool 2 and will be looking to keep their hopes of progression alive in the return fixture at Exeter next weekend. Prior to the game we caught up with England's head coach Eddie Jones, who gave us his pre-game thoughts: "I'd imagine it's going to be a really tough tussle. They've both looked pretty good. I think Sale's best Rugby is ahead of them, they've had a lot of new players come in and I'm sure Steve Diamond's men will be hoping it comes together" Match Report: The Sharks began the game on the front foot and opened the scoring in the 9th minute through a Rob du Preez penalty. Exeter looked to answer back as Hogg broke through the Sharks backs, but Ashton made great ground to get back and make the tackle in front of the sticks. However, a penalty try was awarded as Tom Curry tackled the 9 from an offside position. The away side extended their lead moments later, as Hogg went over after his chip and chase beat Ross. Simmonds was unable to convert and the score was 3-12 to the Chiefs after 17 minutes of play. Simmonds quickly made amends for his missed kick, as Sale were penalised for offside and he was good for the three points. The Sharks managed to get their first try of the day as Akker picked up the spills from the Chiefs’ failed clearance and got over. Rob du Preez missed the follow up from out wide and the score was 8-15 after a frantic opening 21 minutes. The end to end nature of the game continued, as Exeter responded with another try, with Cowan-Dickie getting over next to the posts. Simmonds was good for the conversion, as Exeter had a 14-point lead. Sale looked to reduce the deficit again and a fantastic drive from a line out saw Akker get over for his second of the game, to the roar of a sold-out AJ Bell. Rob du Preez pushed his kick just wide as the Sharks were trailing 13-22 heading into the break. Exeter began the second half with a relentless series of attacks, but the Sharks defence held up as the game during this period as the game reached the 60-minute mark. The Sharks managed to mount pressure of their own as they barraged towards the Exeter 22 with time running out. Sale got over in the 71st minute, but the try wasn’t given due to no clear grounding. The late pressure from the home side soon paid off, as Jono Ross stormed over and Rob du Preez was good for the follow up. This brought the scores to 20-22 with five minutes to play, setting up nail biting final moments. Despite the late charge from the Sharks, Exeter managed to hold on for their third successive victory in Europe. Post-Match thoughts: Steve Diamond relfected on a difficult first half for the Sharks, where he feels the game was ultimately lost for his side: "I thought we coughed it up in the first half to be honest. The weather looked a lot worse in the first half by the looks of it, but we hit a couple of exits and a side like Exeter will just prey on you. We just didn't exit from a couple of set-pieces and a couple of areas. Apart from that I think we did enough to challenge" There were big postives to take from the final 15 minutes of the game as Sale made a late charge in attack: "I thought in attack. The lineout functioned, we've had some issues with that recently. I thought the scrum was dominant with the starting front row and then the props came on. We emulate exeter in a lot of things they do. Their forwards were good, I thought our forwards matched them today and probably edged them near the end" We wish Sale all the best in training this week as they prepare for another huge game in Europe on Saturday. Sharks XV 15. Simon Hammersley, 14. Chris Ashton, 13. Sam James, 12. Rohan Janse van Rensberg, 11. Marland Yarde, 10. Rob Du Preez, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Jono Ross. 7. Ben Curry, 6. Tom Curry, 5. James Phillips, 4. Bryn Evans, 3. WillGriff John, 2. Akker van der Merwe, 1. Coenie Oosthuizen Replacements: 16. Curtis Langdon, 17. Ross Harrison, 18. Jake Cooper-Wooley, 19. Matt Postlethwaite, 20. Cameron Nield, 21. Will Cliff, 22. Luke James, 23. Denny Solomona Exeter XV 15. Stuart Hogg, 14. Jack Nowell, 13. Henry Slade, 12. Sam Hill, 11. Ian Whitten, 10. Joe Simmonds, 9. Nic White, 8. Sam Simmonds, 7. Jacques Vermeulen, 6. Dave Ewers, 5. Jonny Hill, 4. Dave Dennis, 3. Harry Williams, 2. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1. Alec Hepburn Replacements: 16. Elvis Taione, 17. Ben Moon, 18. Marcus Steet, 19. Jannes Kirsten, 20. Don Armand, 21. Jack Maunder, 22. Gareth Steenson, 23. Olly Woodburn Stay up to date and read more Morson Sport news here

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    Sharks at the World Cup | Faf De Klerk, Tom Curry, Mark Wilson and Valery Morozov look back on their tournaments

    MORSON SPORT | 3 MIN READ We caught up with Sale Sharks' World Cup stars to hear their stories from Japan! Fresh from the World Cup, Morson’s Jamal Niaz hosted a star-studded panel at Sale Sharks' supporters club featuring Faf de Klerk, Tom Curry, Mark Wilson and Valery Morozov. This marked the World Cup debuts of all four men and it was Faf De Klerk’s South Africa that were ultimately crowned winners after a tense final with Tom Curry’s England. Faf De Klerk: Realising a childhood dream by winning the World Cup will undoubtedly be the highlight of Faf’s career but the Scrum-Half isn’t short of motivation going forward despite now reaching his crowning achievement: “It’s any boy’s dream to win a World Cup. Staying motivated is quite easy, there’s still a lot of goals we want to achieve as a team and a club so the focus is right back onto that. We want to succeed and make the supporters proud. There’s a lot of targets to reach yet. I want to win the Premiership and the Champions Cup, so they’re things I’ve got to tick off. As a rugby player you always want to perform well, it’s about getting new goals and reaching them” Being on the cusp of achieving a career goal brings the danger of not truly experiencing the moment, due to being fixated with the task at hand. This was something that De Klerk actively combatted during the tournament and made sure to be completely present during the final itself: “At the World Cup when I ran out, I always tried to get a sense of the crowd and really take in what’s around me. I do remember it really well, much better than Tom! What a massive occasion it was, it was truly special” One of the most memorable pictures of the World Cup was Faf’s celebration in his now iconic South African themed speedos and the following meeting between himself and Prince Harry whilst wearing the attire. This image saw Faf launch a cancer awareness challenge known as the ‘Faf Challenge’ encouraging his supporters to screen themselves for testicular cancer. De Klerk reflected on the picture and getting to meet Prince Harry: “I popped out to get an X-Ray and he was there. He had a great speech for us and I got to meet him. I was the only guy caught but the rest of the team were in the same outfit! Something good came from it so it was nice” Tom Curry: 2019 proved to be a breakout one for 21-year old Tom Curry, with eye-catching displays in the Six-Nations and World Cup that saw him nominated for world player of the year. With Tom currently preparing for his 28th game of a crazy year, this panel event served as one of the few opportunities that the Flanker could look back on what he’s achieved in his young career so far: “This year’s been a bit of a whirlwind. I’ve obviously experienced things for the first time such as the Six Nations and The World Cup. It’s been unbelievable, you don’t actually notice what’s happening during the whole process, it’s only when you look back at times like these. It’s been an unreal year to look back on and some brilliant learning experiences to look back on going forward” It’s clear that a manic schedule is something that Curry has always thrived in, as his rise was filled with transitions through the ranks at a ridiculously rapid rate: “Having my brother alongside me and training nearly every day, things go by so quickly that you don’t have time to think about it. Going straight from school to Sale FC to Sharks and getting the call to Argentina with England, you don’t really stop and think. One of the biggest things as a professional sportsman is to stop and take things in and I should probably pinch myself along the way.” Learning to unwind away from the sport is something that Tom is still learning to do with consistent success for club and country: “It’s something you probably get better at with experience. You learn about yourself more and you learn how to get your mind and body in the best position to play rugby. When you’re younger coming through you’ve got to do this and that but as you get older, you play week in and week out and that’s when you start learning” Tom and Sharks teammate, Faf have faced each other on the international stage numerous times, with most games featuring a heated moment between the two. Curry addressed the healthy rivalry between the two and clearly enjoys the competition: “On the summer tour we had at least two and then obviously in the big game in the final but we’re both pretty natural players for a scuffle, he loves it! I lose my head easily and he finds it easy to make players lose their heads, we’re a natural couple” Mark Wilson: New Sharks signee, Mark Wilson was an integral part of the England side that reached the World Cup final both on and off the field. Wilson was full of praise of the togetherness and spirit in the England camp in Japan: “One thing that we had an emphasis on throughout the tournament is the team of 31 players. There was a real appreciation between the lads that were playing and the lads that weren’t, as the lads that weren’t playing would help the rest of the team in training day by day. Tom and the other guys who were playing day by day and were coming into training tired sometimes, it was our job to lift them up” Wilson hadn’t featured since the group stage prior to coming off the bench in the memorable win against New Zealand and the 30-year-old was more than ready for the occasion: “When you get the call for the semi- final obviously it gets exciting to get involved. I hadn’t played in about four weeks so I had about four weeks of engine in me for that game! Mark’s debut from Sale is currently on hold due to injury but gave an update on when we can expect to see him at the AJ Bell: “Hopefully in the new year, towards the end of January I should be able to play. It’s been an exciting couple of weeks being down here for the first time, being able to meet the boys so we’re itching to get involved” Valery Morozov: Progression from the stacked Pool A was always going to be extremely difficult for Russia, but representing his country on the world stage was an immensely proud moment for Valery: “I was very proud for my country because it was only our second time at a world cup. We only play 3-4 times a year with Russia and we play every week at Sale so I’d like to thank Sale for helping me as a player” It was brilliant to hear each player's story from the World Cup and we can't wait to see how their season unfolds with Sale!

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    Morson sponsored Force Atlantic embark on epic 3,000 mile race

    MORSON SPONSORSHIP NEWS | 3 MIN READ Morson sponsored Force Atlantic embark on their 3,000 mile race across the Atlantic to Antigua Each team will row in excess of 1.5 million oar strokes throughout the course of the journey 30 teams are participating from around the world Morson are proud to be the prime sponsor of the British Army’s Force Atlantic team in the Atlantic Challenge rowing race who start their epic row from the Canary Islands today! The premier event in ocean rowing, the Atlantic Challenge is a 3,000 mile row from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, to Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda. The race takes place annually, with 30 teams participating from around the world. Morson’s inspiration for sponsorship of the Atlantic Challenge was two-fold. “Firstly, the company have a long track record of sponsoring athletes in various sports but until now, not rowing. Secondly and crucially, the commander of the Force Atlantic team, Lieutenant Colonel Rich Hall MBE, is the Commanding Officer of the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, the only Junior Entry Phrase 1 training establishment in the British Army.” The college provides long-term educational opportunities for young people from a variety of backgrounds, providing personal development and equipping them with leadership skills to succeed in life, either within or beyond the military. “This provides a diverse talent pool for the Army to draw from. Ultimately, this in turn improves the quality of our Morson Forces contractor base when those from the College leave the military and are looking for their next career move.” The Row Alongside the commander Lieutenant Colonel Rich Hall, the team consists of Captain Alex Walsh, Captain Chris Hames and the youngest of the team and a recent College Junior Solider graduate, Private Kian Helm. Captain Chris Hames, whose 30 years in the army includes 20 years with the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, spoke about the make-up of the diverse team and the race ahead. “The rank and age gap haven't been without issue. It's taken time for us to get to know each other, understand our strengths and areas where we need to support each other. There's a healthy respect for each other's experience and simply no other words needed.” To successfully complete the voyage in good time, the crew must be able to work together and harness each other’s skills and traits. “We all have our strengths which will help us massively. Kian is a great joker and keeps morale high. Skipper Rich is excellent at taking everything in and suggesting perfect plans and while I have a knack of problem solving when needed, Alex tempers my ‘just do it’ approach with analytical thinking.” The crew have been training hard to prepare for this huge undertaking. “The training has been both physically and mentally challenging, as you would expect. We have been concentrating on core, posterior chain exercises and of course rowing, both long steady distance and benchmark setting. The hardest benchmark setting to date is 90 minutes full effort on an indoor rower. That’s enough to put most people off!” As well as physical sessions on dry land, the team have to spend time out on the boat to get used to the conditions in which they will be working. Among the many dangers on the route, including 20ft waves, the team battle against the physical extremes faced by participating in such a long and strenuous challenge like salt sores and sleep deprivation. “Easily the toughest actual session so far was our recent three-day trip out in the boat. We went through all the drills as we will in real time and our return leg saw us fighting the tide and wind. It was hard and painful. It was the crew spending in excess of five hours constantly rowing and was absolutely what we needed to really test us.” It is estimated that each team will row in excess of 1.5 million oar strokes throughout the course of the journey. The team rely on a desalination device on board the boat to purify sea water for drinking. It’s estimated that each of the three crew members will burn between 5,000 and 10,000 calories a day, and so the dehydrated rations on board are high in calorific content, if low on taste. “They’re not too bad but they’ll quickly become boring. We do have snacks to dip into to break up the monotony of the rations.” For around six weeks, the three-man crew will live a life of strict and tiring routine – two hours rowing, two hours off, 24 hours a day. “It’s very tough but it’s something that we will adjust to. We’ll probably manage six hours sleep per day because certainly some of our two hours off will involve personal and boat maintenance.” Over €6 million has been raised for charity over the course of the last four races, but the members of the crew are all driven to make the row a huge success for other reasons. “We all have our own personal agenda, but more importantly we have a collective objective. As well as our key objective to raise money for The Soldier’s Charity, we want to show the Army as a professional organisation who have the best build up and delivery of all the teams.” Tied into this message is one about the value of ex-forces veterans in the world beyond the military, as Chris reflects. “Often, serving personnel may not see the value they hold to employers - simply by being disciplined enough to turn up to work on time and work hard. Also, often if veterans are leaving the services young, having a mortgage and paying bills are alien concepts and will be a real shock. Every bit of help provided is gold dust and in particular Morson's help in the transition process provides that comfort blanket and ensures individuals are not alone in realising their worth as they transition into civilian life.” As for what happens when the Force Atlantic team transition across the ocean and finally reaches Antigua: “I can't speak for the whole team but I suspect I will simply want to walk on the land, have space to move, a beer… oh and sleep!” We wish the team good luck and a safe and speedy journey! We'll be posting regular updates on their progress so come back to the blog for the latest info. Follow the race live!

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    The best of Morson Sport: 2019 in review

    MORSON SPORT | 3 MIN READ ​From the worlds of rugby union, boxing, horse racing and now rugby league​, we look back at our sporting highlights that defined 2019 #TeamMorson Overcoming Challenges in Sport and Business Event This past April we arranged the biggest event on the Morson sporting calendar, our ‘Overcoming Challenges in Business and Sport’ event at Hotel Football. Dominic McGuinness hosted an acclaimed panel from various sporting disciplines with Bryan Robson, Ricky Hatton, Mark Cueto and Harry Derham all sharing their stories of success and lessons learnt. During the panel, Bryan Robson reminisced on his Premier League title wins and how Sir Alex helped him transfer his skills into management, whilst Ricky Hatton looked back on his famous Vegas fights and world title wins. Ex-England and Sale Sharks player, Mark Cueto, also discussed his playing career and his move into the commercial world with the sharks. With the event taking place prior to the Grand National, Harry Derham highlighted how the major race has increased in scale in the modern era and offered advice on ones to watch for his fellow panelists. The event was brilliant in highlighting the ups and downs on the road to success, the importance of mentors and the incredible sporting moments Morson have been involved in over the past few years. We couldn’t have been prouder to bring such admired athletes together in front of a captivated audience and look to hold similar events in the years to come. Boxing This year saw Morson's array of world class boxers competing on some of the grandest stages in the sport. From the Staples Centre in LA to the world-renowned Madison Square Garden in New York, this was undoubtedly the biggest platform for our fighters since Ricky Hatton competed against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas back in 2007. Anthony Crolla Anthony Crolla secured a dream match-up with one of the most admired and awe-inspiring athletes in the sport, Vasyl Lomachenko, back in April. Even though Anthony came up short, it was a massive testament to how far the Moston man had come. From being counted out early in his career, to surviving a life-threatening injury and then going on to fight the sport’s elite, after winning a world title himself. After securing the biggest pay day of his career, Anthony turned to coaching throughout the summer, as he guided Dylan Evans to a couple of impressive wins. We followed Crolla during his first night as a coach at Kieran Farrell’s show in May and it was brilliant to see him on the other side of the ropes, sharing all the knowledge he has learnt from the sport over the years with a young, up and coming talent. With talk of retirement being in the background for the past couple of years, the former WBA champion decided that November was the right time to enter the ring for the last time at the place he had made his own, the Manchester Arena. A comfortable win over Frank Urquiaga served as the final bow for Crolla and he reflected on his illustrious career at a recent panel event at Adamson House. We couldn’t be prouder for one of the great representatives we have had over the years. Callum Smith Callum Smith began the year raising awareness for autism at our Q&A event in Liverpool alongside his brothers, Paul and Stephen. During the event the three brothers gave an insight into their family’s experience taking care of their 18- year old sister, Hollie, who struggles with severe autism. This was an informative event for a great cause and allowed the attending audience to get to know Liverpool’s most famous boxing family even more. Callum returned to the ring on one of the biggest cards in recent history on June 1st as he served as the co-main event to Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz at a sold-out Madison Square Garden. Smith retained his super-middleweight world titles in dominant fashion as he stopped Hassan N’Dam in the third round. Next up for Smith was mandatory challenger, John Ryder in a fight that many believed would be a straightforward victory for the Morson fighter. The fight turned out to be tougher than expected, with John Ryder putting in a valiant effort that forced Callum to dig deep to secure the victory on points. This now places the 29-year-old in position to fight some of the biggest names in the sport in 2020 with Canelo, Genady Golovkin and Billy Joe Saunders all on the radar. The Best of the Rest We predicted that Morson's Nathan Gorman would compete in one of the most anticipated heavyweight fights of the year against fellow rising star, Daniel Dubois and that finally happened in July. The fight was an all-out war whilst it lasted, with both men having success in the opening rounds. It was always going to be a case of whoever landed the bigger shot first, had a high likelihood of sealing the win and in this case, it was Daniel Dubois. The 22-year-old secured the first knockdown in the third round and finished the fight in the fifth. History has shown that some of the greatest world champions have been made through growing from their experience from early setbacks, and we have no doubt that Nathan will come back stronger than ever in 2020. Elsewhere, Robbie Davies Jr went 2-1 in his three fights this year. Winning the European super-lightweight title against Joe Hughes and narrowly being defeated in a fight of the year contender by Lewis Ritson means that the Liverpudlian is still in line for some intriguing fights next year. Kieran Farrell continued to grow his brand as a promoter and trainer, with a number of brilliant fight nights from Kieran Farrell Promotions in the Greater Manchester Area this year. Kieran was also in the corner of his brother, Nathan, who made his pro-debut this year and ended the year 3-0. After Kieran watched Nathan battle depression and a career threatening injury, seeing his brother fight on two of Eddie Hearn’s biggest domestic shows has got to be up there with the career best moments for Team Morson’s Kieran Farrell. Rugby Union Sale Sharks’ steady growth continued as the side competed for a top four position for much of the second half of the 18/19 season. However, slip ups in winnable games such as Newcastle and Worcester saw the Sharks finish the season in seventh. Despite missing out on a targeted Champions Cup qualifying top six spot, Steve Diamond’s side still secured a place in Europe’s elite competition due to being the highest ranked non-qualifying club from the same league as the Champions Cup winner. Heading into the 19/20 season, Steve Diamond recruited an array of international talent with the likes of the Du Preez brothers and Akker van Der Merwe reinforcing an already stacked squad. Key stars such as Faf De Klerk, Tom Curry and AJ MacGinty were missed at the beginning of the season due to representing their respective countries at the World Cup from September until November. It was a very strong showing from Sale on the world stage, with four players representing the club in the final between South Africa and England and it was ultimately Faf De Klerk’s South Africa that were crowned champions. We caught up with Faf, Tom Curry, Mark Wilson and Valery Morozov at Sale Sharks Supporter’s Club’s panel event, as the four reflected on their experiences from Japan and looked ahead to the upcoming season with their club. Sale currently sit at fourth in the Premiership, after an impressive win over league leaders, Northampton at the weekend has set up a promising season ahead. Rugby League Morson were proud to join Salford Red Devils as headline sponsors heading into the 2020 Super League season. The Grand Final runners up represented Morson in the Old Trafford game against St Helens, sporting our famous caps and will be proudly wearing Morson on their home and away jerseys next year. We look forward to adding coverage to a new sport in rugby league and will be following Salford every step of the way Horse Racing Earlier in the year we travelled to Somerset for Paul Nicholls annual press day ahead of Cheltenham. The event served as an opportunity to watch the Cheltenham runners train, be paraded and have exclusive discussions with Paul Nicholls and Harriet Tucker. One of the proudest moments for Morson in the horse racing world this year was Harry Cobden guiding ‘Give me a Copper to victory at Wincanton and taking home the badger beer trophy. The victory was met with elation as Paul, Ged Mason and Sir Alex Ferguson celebrated their win as owners. We will be visiting Somerset prior to Cheltenham in the new year and look forward to seeing Paul’s continued success. 2019 has been another brilliant year for Morson on the sporting stage with world titles and races won, careers celebrated and a new club welcomed to Team Morson. We congratulate all of our ambassadors for their achievements this year and are proud to be represented by both great athletes and great people.

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    Sale Sharks 48-10 Harlequins: Game Day Highlights

    MORSON SPORT | 3 MIN READ ​A Scintillating six-try demolition of Harlequins saw the Sharks start 2020 in perfect fashion in front of a packed AJ Bell stadium! Match Report: 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. Post-Match Thoughts: 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! Sharks XV 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 Replacements: 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 Quins XV 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 Replacements: 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

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    Salford Red Devils | A look ahead to the 2020 Super League season!

    MORSON SPORT | 3 MIN READ Salford Red Devils stars Mark Flanagan and Joey Lussick give us their pre-season thoughts ahead of another highly anticipated Super League season! The 2020 Super League season will mark the first in which Morson will be on board with last year’s Grand Finalists, Salford Red Devils. Rugby League represents a new addition to the array of sports we have covered over the years and Red Devils forward, Mark Flanagan shared his excitement about the season ahead as a part of Team Morson: “I’m a big sports fan, I’ve seen what Morson have been involved with in other sports; whether that be horse racing, boxing or rugby. A local company being involved with a Greater Manchester rugby league team in Salford is great for us and it’s great for their brand as well" He continued: "Hopefully we can have a bit more success than last season, obviously getting to the Grand Final was a great achievement, but going one step further would be great for us as a club” Salford have been training intensely during their pre-season for the past couple of months and showcased a glimpse of what is to come in their comfortable 52-4 victory over Swinton Lions this past weekend. 24-year-old hooker, Joey Lussick described the mentality throughout the side heading into a new year and a fresh challenge: “Pre-season’s been tough, it’s always a tough time of year. Many people wrote us off last year, we’ve just been ripping in as much as we can during this time. We know where we’re capable of finishing this year but the main thing is getting off to a good start and trying to keep consistent throughout the year” With the departure of last season’s Super League Man of Steel award winner, Jackson Hastings and several new signings joining the club, Mark Flanagan believes 2020 will be a year of new beginnings and further growth for the Reds: "It’s been a very transitional pre-season. We’ve lost seven or eight players and brought in the same amount but the mood in camp is probably the best it’s been in a couple of years. There’re some great personalities that have joined the club, on the surface it may seem like we’ve lost some great players but we’ve gained some as well. We’ve trained really hard and bonded off the field which is really important” The first game of the season sees a rematch of last year’s Grand Final as Salford travel to St Helens on January 31st. Flanagan gave his initial reaction to the fixture list and made it clear that retribution is in mind: “Payback! We owe them one. They’re a great side, they’ve pretty much kept the same squad as last year and they’ve been the top team for the last couple of years. It’s one of my former clubs and it’s a great test for us early in the season” Lussick added: “Not many people get to play in Grand Finals their whole career, to fall short was disappointing but to make it there in the first place was a great achievement. Round 1 we’re going to come out guns blazing!” We will be following Salford this weekend as they take on Leigh Centurions in their second pre-season friendly at the AJ Bell, so watch out for our coverage across our social media channels and show your support!

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    Salford Red Devils 40 - 14 Leigh Centurions: Game Day Highlights

    MORSON SPORT | 3 MIN READ Salford Red Devils comfortably beat Leigh Centurions in preseason at the AJ Bell Stadium Morson's man of the match Rhys Williams speaks to us about the match and the coming season This past Saturday saw Salford Red Devils storm past a game and valiant Leigh side, as their attack proved to be too much for the away team, with seven tries on the day. Joey Lussick’s early try was cancelled out minutes later by Leigh’s Liam Hood. However, the home side quickly established their dominance with tries from Williams, Sio and Greenwood setting them apart at half time. The Centurions began the second half the livelier side and looked to get back into the game, with Sa’u marking his return to the AJ Bell with a try against his former club. Despite Leigh’s attempted resurgence, Salford further extended their lead with Williams getting his second of the day. Johnson and Chamberlain added another two tries to seal an impressive 40-14 win for the Red Devils. Morson's Man of the Match, Rhys Williams, commented on his try scoring efforts and gave his reaction to the victory: “It’s obviously pleasing to get the win and get a few tries. There were a few aspects where we let ourselves down and didn’t control the ball as well as we’d like, so there’s a few building blocks but overall we’re fairly buzzing” He continued: “I think Leigh had a lot of momentum in that second half, through our own fault I think… They’re a good side, they’re tough to beat and it’s a great test for us in pre-season" The Welsh international looks like he is more than finding his feet at his new club, with three tries in his first two matches. The winger gave an insight into life at Salford: “Obviously we got to the Grand Final last year but we want to go one further and win it this year. The standard of training is really high, everyone is a good bloke so when you’ve got that in place, it’s easy to slot in as long as you work hard” Next up is a step-up in competition against fellow Super League side, Warrington Wolves and the 30-year-old thinks it’ll be a more than fitting test ahead of the new season: “They won the Challenge Cup last year which shows how much pedigree they’ve got. You’ve only got to look at their squad to see the calibre of players they have so it’s great to have that next step in pre-season training and see where we’re at” Morson became headline sponsors of Salford Red Devils shortly before their Super League Grand Final appearance at Old Trafford. We will next be covering Salford at the AJ Bell when they take on Toronto Wolfpack in a few weeks, keep an eye out for content before that!

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    Salford Red Devils Media Day Highlights - Ian Watson, Chris Atkin and Jack Ormondroyd On Upcoming Season!

    The squad recently returned from a pre-season training trip to Spain, which Watson saw as a key team-building experience: “That’s the big thing, the trip to Spain was more about off-field than on-field. It was about getting the players to interact with each other. When you’re away from home, you get to know each other as a person, rather than just a rugby player. That was the big thing for us, that we gel as a side” The motto of the club throughout last year’s success was ‘Together Stronger’ and Ormondroyd has immediately felt a sense of family at his new club: “They couldn’t have been more welcoming, it’s been brilliant from the start. I think being so close knit goes a long way, at Featherstone Rovers last year we were a really tight knit group and we did some really good things. I think that played a massive part in what we did last year and hopefully this year at Salford we can do the same” The Red Devils have had an impressive pre-season so far, with two convincing wins over Swinton and Leigh. Chris Atkins feels the side is continuously building in confidence heading into their final warm-up game against fellow Super League side, Warrington Wolves: “I think the performances might not seem as important in pre-season, but we still go out there and win. It’s about building through these friendlies and getting prepared for that round one game against St Helens, it’s massively important to hit the ground running on that first one. Going into Leigh was the gradual progression of intensity and commitment that Ian wanted. I think we showed that against Leigh, the desire to set those standards early” The 26-year-old also gave his thoughts heading into the season opener against Grand Final winners, St Helens, and the importance of building momentum throughout the upcoming year: “The goal is to go one step further than last season. If we can start the season with a win or at least, a top performance, then we can build on to peak at the right time. That’s what happened last year, they went really well into the back of the season and won the games when it mattered. Obviously, they came up short in the final but St Helens are a quality team and I’m sure they’ll be fighting for silverware at the end of the season, as hopefully we will be” Embracing new talent is integral to the growth of any professional sports club and Ian Watson described the biggest thing he assesses when recruiting signings: “The big thing for us is the people, we’re a small squad. To achieve things and winning things we need to be close knit and work well together. We focus on the character of the person, whether they will actually fit. We do massive research on them as a person first, before them as a player and that’s been really successful. I think this group is the best we’ve had in terms of character and we’ll hopefully transfer that to the field” Watson’s history with the club runs deep as a Salfordian and a former player, but despite the magnitude of the heights of last season, the Red Devils coach never got carried away and made it clear that the focus was always on the task at hand: “Once we got to the semi-final against Wigan and then the Grand Final, you could feel the expectation build in the local community. There were people contacting me from Australia that I knew from Eccles U11s team and they were coming across for the final! People were coming from all over the world to see Salford play in a final because they’d not been there for such a long time” He continued: “You kind of miss little bits of it until you get right to the brink of it and then you see the effect it has on everyone else. Other than that, you’re quite oblivious because you’re in your own little bubble sometimes, that’s what we like to be in rather than focus on the outside noise” We look forward to covering Salford’s Super League journey throughout the 2020 season, starting with their first home game against Toronto on February 8th Stay tuned!

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    Exeter Chiefs 19-22 Sale Sharks | Game Day Highlights

    The Sharks got off to a strong start, as the home side gave away a penalty in the seventh minute for a late tackle on Hammersley and Rob Du Preez opted for the tee. The South African made no mistake from 40 metres out, and Sale led 0-3. Sale continued to mount a series of attacks on the Chiefs defence in the next few minutes, and a great move saw a charging Dan du Preez put through Webber, who found Ashton out wide to go over. Rob du Preez’s follow up steered just wide of the posts. A period of non-stop pressure in the Sharks 22 from Exeter followed and eventually, the home side got over through Phil Dollman. Steenson missed the extras and the scores were 5-8, after an intensely fought opening 30 minutes at Sandy Park. The away side immediately looked to respond and increase their lead, and a brilliant move from a line out sent Will Cliff down the wing. The scrum-half found Jean Luc du Preez, who coolly offloaded to his twin, Dan, to score. Rob du Preez was good for the extras and the Sharks were in front by ten points. Just as the game seemed to calm as half-time approached, the ultimate opportunist, Byron McGuigan, intercepted a loose pass in midfield and ran under the posts from halfway against his former side. Rob du Preez converted and the scores were at 5-22, after an incredible first half from the Sharks. The opening 10 minutes of the second half saw each side press for the next score, but both defences remained strong in this evenly matched period, in which possession was shared. Exeter pushed the Sale defence hard heading into the 65-minute mark, as they made good ground by winning a number of scrum-penalties and relentlessly pressed towards the try line. Despite a period of staunch defending from the Sharks, the hosts eventually got over through Sam Simmonds. Steenson was good for the conversion, and thus reduced Sale’s lead to ten points heading into the final ten minutes. Exeter set the game up for a nail-biting finale as Dollman offloaded to O’Flaherty, who dived over. After further tense moments of TMO checking, the try was eventually given and Steenson converted. Despite the late charge from the home side, the Sharks held on to a hard fought and epic first win in six years at Sandy Park. Steve Diamond reflected on the well-deserved win with the media: “We got our noses in front first half. Knowing Exeter as we do, they were always going to come back. They got the rub of the green with the try, which made it pretty intense for me certainly! But it was a good performance, we’ve been playing reasonably well. We targeted this game because we’ve always run them close here, we’ve only won once out of ten games so yeah I’m delighted” The Sharks have a well-earned break this week, before they face Saracens in the Premiership Rugby Cup semi-final a week on Friday at the AJ Bell. Sale Sharks Starting XV: 15. Simon Hammersley, 14. Chris Ashton, 13, Sam James, 12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11. Byron McGuigan, 10. Robert du Preez, 9. Will Cliff; 1. Ross Harrison, 2. Rob Webber, 3. Jake Cooper-Woolley, 4. Bryn Evans, 5. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Jono Ross (Capt.) 7. Ben Curry, 8. Daniel du Preez. Replacements: 16. Curtis Langdon, 17. Coenie Oosthuizen, 18. Will-Griff John, 19. James Phillips, 20. Matt Postlethwaite, 21. Gus Warr, 22. Luke James, 23. Marland Yarde. Exeter Chiefs Starting XV: 15. Phil Dolman, 14. Tom O’Flaherty, 13. Ian Whitten, 12. Sam Hill, 11. Olly Woodburn, 10. Gareth Steenson, 9. Stu Townsend; 1. Ben Moon, 2. Elvis Taione, 3. Enrique Pieretto, 4. Dave Dennis (Capt.) 5. Jonny Hill, 6. Dave Ewers, 7. Jacques Vermulen, 8. Sam Simmonds. Replacements 16. Jordan Poole, 17. Alec Hepburn, 18. Marcus Street, 19. Sam Skinner, 20. Matt Kvesic, 21. Jack Maunder, 22. Harvey Skinner, 23. Tom Hendrickson

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    Sale Sharks 28-7 Saracens: Game Day Highlights

    Match Report: The Sharks wasted no time settling into the game and made an immediate impact, as Denny Solomona crashed over for a first-minute try in his return to the side. Rob du Preez added the extras as the home side sent a clear message of attacking intent to the inexperienced Sarries side from the get go. A dropped ball from Saracens wasn’t to go unpunished in the 15th minute, as Jono Ross set Marland Yarde free, and the winger used his blistering pace to draw his man and send Will Cliff clear through for the second try of the night. Rob du Preez made no mistake with the follow up, and Sale were cruising with a 14-0 lead after an explosive opening 15 minutes. Things went from bad to worse for the away side, as a line-out move straight off the training ground sent Ben Curry over unchallenged, and Rob du Preez was on the money with the conversion again. Despite the efforts of Saracens’ attempts to find an answer and gather some momentum at the close of the first half, their threats were thwarted comfortably by the Sale defence and the score-line remained unchanged at half-time. The away side continued to hunt for their first try in the opening ten minutes of the second half, as Saracens had the majority of possession in this period, but failed to find a break through. Saracens’ persistence in their attacking pursuits eventually paid off as Segun intercepted Will Cliff’s offload and ran in to score. Whitely converted and the away side reduced the deficit to 14 points. The conceded try seemed to re-awaken Sale, with Akker van der Merwe re-establishing the Sharks’ lead, as he charged through the Sarries defence to go over. Rob du Preez added the extras. No further scores were added from either side before full-time, and Sale go on to face Harlequins in the final at the AJ Bell on March 15th as they get one step closer to a first major trophy since 2006. Post-Match Thoughts: Steve Diamond gave his post-match reaction and discussed the depth of talent in the squad, that has been so crucial to the success of the side so far this year: “Yeah pleased to get the win. I think we made hard work of it in a couple of areas, but maybe that’s what you get when you give them a week off. Saracens put a mixed squad together who are always going to fight for stuff, but we got the win” He continued: “We’ve got a lot of good players, the du Preez twins are good carriers as are the Curry twins. We’ve got a good squad, just get the cohesion there and we’ll go alright” Sale return to Premiership action this weekend as they play Saracens for the second week in a row, this time at the Allianz Park. We hope to see the Sharks’ great form continue and wish the lads the best of luck. Attendance - 7,992 Sale Sharks Starting XV: 15. Simon Hammersley, 14. Denny Solomona, 13, Sam James, 12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11. Marland Yarde, 10. Robert du Preez, 9. Will Cliff; 1. Coenie Oosthuizen, 2. Rob Webber, 3. Jake Cooper-Woolley, 4. Bryn Evans, 5. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Jono Ross (Capt.) 7. Ben Curry, 8. Daniel du Preez. Replacements: 16. Akker van der Merwe, 17. Ross Harrison, 18. Will-Griff John, 19. James Phillips, 20. Mark Wilson, 21. Gus Warr, 22. Tom Curtis, 23. Luke James. Saracens Starting XV: 15. Matt Gallagher, 14. Ali Crossdale, 13. Duncan Taylor, 12. Dom Morris, 11. Elliot Obatoyinbo 10. Alex Goode, 9. Tom Whiteley; 1. Titi Lamositele, 2. Tom Woolostencroft, 3. Josh Ibuanokpe, 4. Callum Hunter-Hill 5. Joel Kpoku, 6. Nick Isiekwe, 7. Sean Reffell, 8. Andy Christie. Replacements 16. Kapeli Pifeleti, 17. Sam Crean, 18. Sam Wainwright, 19. Jon Kpoku, 20. Ollie Stonham, 21. Alex Day, 22. Alex Lozowksi, 23. Rotimi Segun

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