Dec 10, 2016
Six Try Saracens Outclass Sale Sharks in Champions Cup
Saracens chalked up six tries as they dominated Sale Sharks in torrid conditions at Allianz Park this evening to keep their unbeaten run in the competition going.
Despite wet conditions Sarries started the game brightly, an Owen Farrell penalty putting the home side ahead after just 3 minutes.
The home side looked to have crossed for their opening try soon after, when Richard Wiggleworth tumbled over the line after some fine attacking play but the TMO opted not to award the score. Another Owen Farrell penalty though doubled the home side’s lead.
Sale were on the board themselves not too long after when Saracens were penalised for not releasing and AJ MacGinty found the target from 30 metres out.
Saracens continued to keep the tempo of the game up and with 16 minutes on the clock Richard Wigglesworth made a break which set up Marcelo Bosch who dummied Sale fullback Tom Arscott to go over the whitewash. Farrell converted to make it 13-3 to the home side.
Bolsted by the return of their international players Saracens continued to play with real flair, delighting the Allianz Park crowd in the process. Their efforts seemed to have paid off when, soon after the first quarter, they looked to be in again when Alex Goode raced onto a dinky chip from Owen Farrell underneath the posts. No try ruled the TMO but Saracens were awarded a penalty when Sale’s Laurence Pearce was shown yellow for a late hit in the build up.
It didn’t take long for Saracens to grab their second though, Sean Maitland capitalising on a gap in Sale’s defence to break away and score in the corner. Farrell’s conversion hit the target and Saracens took a twenty point lead over the visitors.
Sale’s frustration started to show as the half wore on while Saracens continued to put together some fine running play in attack. Wet conditions however hindered their attempts to build on the score. At the stroke of half time Saracens won a penalty and with the last kick of the half Marcelo Bosch landed a superb kick to make it 26-3 at the break.
Saracens’ dominance continued after the break and with Sale’s Jonathan Mills in the bin Saracens made the most of their numerical advantage to chalk up a third try, Jamie George the scorer off the back of a strong driving maul.
The bonus point came not long after when Chris Wyles outpaced his defender to chase down Alex Goode’s grubber kick for the score. Lozowski’s fine conversion from right on the touchline made it 38-3 to the home side.
Sale were struggling to get a look in as Saracens continued to showcase some classy attacking play. Sean Maitland crossed for his second just before the hour mark, finishing off a string of lovely passes in the corner.
The pace of play slowed down in the final quarter but Sarries still claimed sixth score when Richard Barrington bundled over the Sale line with just over five minutes left on the clock. Lozowski converted to bring up 50 points for the home side. Final score Saracens 50 Sale Sharks 3.
Saracens: Alex Goode(Spencer 62); Sean Maitland (Earle 59); Marcelo Bosch, Brad Barritt (c), Chris Wyles; Owen Farrell (Lozowski 41), Richard Wigglesworth; Mako Vunipola( Barrington 57), Jamie George( Brits52), Petrus du Plessis( Koch 57), Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Michael Rhodes,Kelly Brown( Skeleton 52), Schalk Burger,(Conlon 69):
Replacements: Schalk Brits, Richard Barrington, Vincent Koch, Joel Conlon, Will Skelton, Ben Spencer, Alex Lozowski, Nathan Earle
Scores Tries Bosch; Maitland x 2; George; Wyles; Barrington.
Cons Farrell (2/2); Lazowski (2/3).
Penalties Farrell x 3; Bosch X1.
Sale Sharks: Tom Arscott (Mugford 75); Paulo Odogwu, Sam James, Johnny Leota(Jennings 65);, Josh Charnley; AJ MacGinty, James Mitchell( Phillips 65); Ross Harrison( Flynn 61);, Rob Webber(Neild 58), Halani Aulika(Parker 61), Josh Beaumont (c)( Nott 21), Jon Mills, Thomas Curry, David Seymour( B.Curry 58), Laurence Pearce,( Harrison 71):
Replacements: Cameron Neild, James Flynn, Ciaran Parker, George Nott, Ben Curry, Mike Phillips, Mark Jennings, Daniel Mugford.
Scores MacGinty penalty.
Yellow cards Pearce(22); Mills (46); Flynn (68).
Scoring sequence 3-0 Farrell pen; 6-0 Farrell pen; 6-3 MacGinty pen; 13-3 Bosch try Farrell con;
16-3 Farrell pen; 23-3 Maitland try Farrell con; 26-3 Bosch pen; 31-3 George try; 38-3 Wyles try Lozowski con; 43-3 Maitland try; 50-3 Barrington try Lozowski con.
Man of the match Maro Itoje