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Sale Sharks devour Saracens

21 Nov 2003
Sale Sharks devour Saracens

Although it took the home side 19 minutes to get onto the scoreboard – through a Braam van Straaten penalty – it was well worth the weight as they piled on another 10 points, giving them a 13-0 lead before Andy Goode's penalty in the 30th minute cut the scoreline to 13-3.

Another Van Straaten penalty stretched their half-time lead to 16-3, with the second half taking a similar pattern to that of the first. Sale took some time to get going, 12 minutes to be exact, before Van Straaten slotted another penalty to put them ahead by 19-3.

The next few scoring sequences were exactly the same as the first half – another penalty from the former Springbok kicking ace, a Chris Jones try and a Van Straaten conversion.

The scoreboard remained untouched again for some time – adding in a way to the stop-start nature of Sale's scoring – but they had done more than enough to earn the win.

Sale's only blemish, however, was that they were unable to secure a four-try bonus point, Mark Cueto's 74th minute try was their third five-pointer of the day only, with fit-again England man Charlie Hodgson kicking the conversion, and time running out before they could cross the tryline again.

The scorers:

For Sale Sharks:Tries: Jones 2, CuetoCons: Van Straaten 3Pens: Van Straaten 4

For Saracens:Pen: Goode

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