Fixtures - Top Bar

Match Reaction: Sale Sharks 13 Saracens 28

Saracens may have been unable to call on some of their internationals but director of rugby Mark McCall paid tribute to the stalwarts who guided his side past Sale Sharks.

Sale skipper Josh Beaumont’s try saw the hosts take a lead into the second quarter – but Saracens took over from there.

Marcelo Bosch’s converted try, allied to two penalties from Alex Lozowski, saw the away side take in a 13-7 lead before Matt Gallagher helped them streak clear early in the second half.

 

Ben Spencer then capped a fine team performance with a breakaway try ten minutes from time to hand Saracens a 28-13 win, though McCall was keen to draw attention to the unsung heroes on the day.

“It was great because a lot of our experienced players were outstanding: Schalk Brits, Schalk Burger, Brad Barritt,” said McCall. “I could name quite a few of them.

“We were really pleased to pick up the points and really pleased with a lot of aspects of the performance, in terms of the qualities we want to show every week.

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

“Our maul defence five metres from our line was outstanding. It’s normally a big strength of theirs but Jim Hamilton and the rest of the forwards did a great job.”

Lozowski had already proven he could fill Owen Farrell’s boots at fly-half after covering for the England man while he was injured at the start of the season.

The 23-year-old added 13 points with the boot and released Spencer for Saracens’ third and final try.

“He looked really sharp out there. He ran the ball beautifully and passed well so he’s a good player,” added McCall.

“We got a couple of long-range tries out there, but we were alive to the situation and capitalised.”

 

Sale missed a chance to move into Aviva Premiership Rugby’s top four and director of rugby Steve Diamond had no complaints over the result.

“We looked like we tried a little bit too hard and we gave a lot of penalties away in the first half,” Diamond said. “We just needed some composure.

“I thought we were beaten by the better side. We trained well all week but we didn’t really convert those training sessions into a performance.”

Sale: Haley; Addison (Arscott 66), James, Tuitupou (Jennings 52), Odogwu; MacGinty, Stringer (Phillips 52); Harrison (Flynn 72), Briggs (Webber 66), Mujati (Aulika 55); Evans, Ostrikov; Neild (Ioane 52), Seymour (Curry 66), Beaumont

Saracens: Fenby; Ellery, Bosch (Tompkins 66), Barritt, Wyles (Gallgher 41); Lozowski, Wigglesworth (Spencer 59); Barrington (Lamositele 52), Brits (Spurling 73), Figallo (Du Plessis 47); Rhodes, Hamilton (Flanagan 73); Brown (Conlon 65), Burger, Wray.

Scorers

Sale Sharks
Tries: Beaumont
Conversions: MacGinty
Penalties: MacGinty 2

Saracens
Tries: Bosch, Gallagher, Spencer
Conversions: Lozowski 2
Penalties: Lozowski 3

Referee: Andrew Jackson

Latest News

Meet Sale Sharks’ Curry twins – Ben and Tom

When Tom and Ben Curry travel with the England squad to Argentina, they will be looking to claim a record…

Ben and Tom Curry

Aviva Premiership Rugby European wrap: Saracens make final as Bath fall short

Aviva Premiership Rugby champions Saracens are into their third European Rugby Champions Cup final in four years after defying a…

Karl Dickson to retire at the end of the season

Harlequins scrum-half Karl Dickson has today (Monday 24th April) announced that he will retire from rugby at the end of…

Karl Dickson

Northampton Saints appoints new chief executive 

Northampton Saints has today announced that Mark Darbon is to be the club’s new chief executive. Darbon arrives at Franklin’s…

Mark Darbon

Donncha O’Callaghan signs new Worcester Warriors deal

Warriors are delighted to announce that British & Irish Lion Donncha O’Callaghan has signed a new deal with the Club.…

Donncha O'Callaghan

Match reaction: Stade Francais 28 Bath 25

Francois Louw praised Bath Rugby’s battling spirit but was left disappointed as they lost a dramatic European Challenge Cup semi-final…

Match Report: Stade Francais 28 Bath Rugby 25

Bath Rugby narrowly missed out setting up an all-Aviva Premiership Rugby final in the European Rugby Challenge Cup after a…

Aviva Premiership Rugby European wrap: Saracens and Gloucester Rugby celebrate Cup finals

Saracens and Gloucester Rugby are both celebrating places in this season’s European Rugby finals after the Aviva Premiership Rugby sides…

Match Reaction: La Rochelle 14 Gloucester Rugby 16

Gloucester Rugby director of rugby David Humphreys hailed his side’s ‘unbelievable effort’ as they produced a stirring defensive display to…

Match Reaction: Munster 10 Saracens 26

Mark McCall hailed Saracens’ amazing defence after they withstood a first-half assault against Munster and emerged victorious to book a…

Match Report: La Rochelle 14 Gloucester Rugby 16

Billy Burns scored all of Gloucester Rugby’s points and the Cherry & Whites produced an impressive defensive display to down…

Match Report: Munster 10 Saracens 26

Mako Vunipola and Chris Wyles scored vital tries as Saracens booked their place in the European Champions Cup final with…

Saracens ready for titanic Munster challenge

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall is expecting little sign of weakness from Munster when the two sides clash in…

Sell-out crowds confirmed for Champions Cup semi-finals

The semi-finals of the European Rugby Champions Cup will be played in front of sell-out crowds in Dublin and Lyon…

Sell-out crowds confirmed for Champions Cup semi-finals