Nov 02, 2018
Match Report: Sale Sharks 15-15 Saracens
Saracens maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a hard-fought draw against Sale Sharks in the Premiership Rugby Cup.
Home scrum-half Will Cliff’s success from the boot was quickly cancelled out by Joel Kpoku and Matt Gallagher tries before Paolo Odogwu brought the Sharks within two at the break.
Cliff dotted down to turn the match on its head but Max Malins’ late penalty ensured a share of the spoils.
Sale could only muster a Cliff penalty despite dominating the ball in opening quarter as Sarries’ defence stood firm.
Their resilience was rewarded when an opportunity arose for a first meaningful venture into the hosts’ half.
Inside centre Dom Morris hit a superb line and set Gallagher away, and when the full-back was hit back, the Men in Black were quick to recycle and Kpoku powered over for his second try in as many matches.
Morris proved instrumental in the visitors’ second score moments later too. The 21-year-old broke through and his grubber jumped kindly into a speeding Ali Crossdale’s hands.
The winger was stopped inches from crossing but his delicate offload assisted Gallagher in grabbing five points.
Thereafter, Sale tightened up and became difficult to pass before Odogwu went over in the corner just shy of the half-time whistle.
Kick-tennis ensued during the second period as neither side could stamp their authority on a tight contest until fortune favoured Cliff.
After Sale hammered the Saracens fringes, the ball squirted out the back of the ruck in a kind position for the scrum-half to pick up and scamper in.
Malins levelled matters from the tee and Adam Powell’s young side needed show excellent resilience until the very end to make their two points safe.