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Match Report: Sale Sharks 58 Worcester Warriors 25

24 Mar 2018
Match Report: Sale Sharks 58 Worcester Warriors 25

Sale Sharks ran in eight tries as they cruised to a bonus-point 58-25 win over Worcester Warriors in a try-fest at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Steve Diamond’s men had the bonus point wrapped up before half-time, and continued in the same vein after the break to move into the top six.

Sale made the perfect start as they went through the hands to open up a sliver of space on the left with Bryn Evans putting Ben Curry away for the try. AJ MacGinty converted from the touchline.

And although Worcester responded with their first real period of concerted pressure, Sale had a second inside the first ten minutes. After a knock-on in the Sharks’ 22, Mike Haley took a gamble with a wide pass and when the ball got out to Marland Yarde, the winger set off at pace down the left.

He found Haley waiting inside him and then once he had taken Sale into the Worcester half, he fed Faf de Klerk to his right, with the South African scrum-half having the pace and then the strength to hold off Jamie Shillcock.

MacGinty missed the conversion, but slotted a penalty from a scrum infringement to stretch the lead to 15-0, only for that to be cancelled out by a Shillcock three-pointer.

Worcester’s task got harder when they lost Darren Barry to the sin-bin for a tackle off the ball on Curry when De Klerk had made a half-break.

Despite being a man down, it was the Warriors who struck next, with another Shillcock penalty, but soon after Sale had a third try.

After a couple of bulldozing carries from Josh Strauss, bumping off would be tacklers, they switched play to the left where Sam James’ wide pass caught out Jackson Willison. That left a two-on-one and Haley put Yarde in for the finish after a simple sidestep. MacGinty converted from the touchline to make it 22-6.

And they had the bonus point by half-time when Denny Solomona ran in his 11th try of the season after Andrei Ostrikov’s impressive break down the right had put him clear. MacGinty’s conversion made it 29-6 at half-time.

Josh Adams, who had been level with Solomona as the top try-scorer in Aviva Premiership Rugby, responded with a long-range intercept score to start the second half.

However Sale bounced back with two quick tries, first from Haley, and then Strauss, as they eased towards maximum points.

Byron McGuigan then went over for the next, with Worcester responding through Adams’ second before late tries from James O’Connor, for Sale, and Willison, for Worcseter.