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NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints


By Saint Ted
January 26 2018

The team is up as Saints take on Sale away at the AJ Bell Stadium kick off 2pm Saturday 27th January 2018

Eight fresh faces will come into Northampton Saints' starting line-up for their crucial Anglo-Welsh Cup clash at Sale Sharks.

The Franklin’s Gardens outfit can put one foot in the knockout stages of the competition with victory at the AJ Bell Stadium, heading into the fixture top of Pool 3 with Saracens, Worcester Warriors and Scarlets all trailing them.

Saints were edged out 18-15 on their last visit to Sale back in November, but Northampton have beaten the Sharks in three of their last four meetings.

Technical coaching consultant Alan Gaffney and interim head coach Alan Dickens have made three changes to the Saints’ backline from last weekend, with Ahsee Tuala named at full-back and Nafi Tuitavake moving into the centres from the wing.

British & Irish Lion George North takes his place and veteran No.10 Stephen Myler brings even more experience to the side, starting his first game since mid-November.

Cobus Reinach, who impressed in defeat at Saracens last time out, remains at scrum-half while Tom Stephenson’s run in the side continues at inside centre.

Francois van Wyk and hooker Reece Marshall are promoted from the bench to join Kieran Brookes in the front row, and in the engine room skipper Christian Day will lead the side out alongside Api Ratuniyarawa, who was rested last week.

And while Lewis Ludlam and Ben Nutley make up a new-look back row with David Ribbans, there’s room on the bench for Tom Wood as well as Academy starlets Alex Mitchell and James Grayson.

Wing Tom Collins also makes the 23 after two months out of action with a foot problem; his last appearance in the Black, Green and Gold came back in November against Worcester Warriors.

For further comment and injury news head over T'Offy

 

15 Ahsee Tuala
14 Ken Pisi
13 Nafi Tuitavake
12 Tom Stephenson
11 George North
10 Stephen Myler
9 Cobus Reinach

1 Francois van Wyk
2 Reece Marshall
3 Kieran Brookes
4 Api Ratuniyarawa 
5 Christian Day (capt)
6 David Ribbans
7 Lewis Ludlam
8 Ben Nutley

Replacements
16 Charlie Clare
17 Campese Ma’afu
18 Jamal Ford-Robinson
19 Michael Paterson
20 Tom Wood
21 Alex Mitchell
22 James Grayson
23 Tom Collins

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Marching On
NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
Marching On (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 11:52
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Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
shendy (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 12:05
Shall I pre-empt the usual "No Estelles?"
Takes me back to the days of "Wot, no Digger?"

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
shendy (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 12:05
And I'd completely forgotten North would be available.

 
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Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
SaintMaul (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 12:19
Happy with that. None of those players are being over-played. Ace maybe an exception but Foden needs a rest and Harry is on England duty so there are few alternatives given it's Collins first game in 2 months.

Good luck lads.

 
Joe Davison
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
26/01/2018 12:21
Mainly a mixture of underplayed players and players on their way back from injury. Not a bad approach. Really think we should have rested Api this week instead of last.

Looking forward to seeing what that back row can do.

 
andysaint
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
andysaint (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 12:22
Gosh thatís strong, not what I had expected. Interesting that Eadie is no where to be seen, did he pick up a knock vs Sarries that Iíve missed.

One person who I am looking forward to see have some game time is Clare. Heís looked like a good prospect and hopefully he can get some good game time.

 
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Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
SaintMaul (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 12:23
Deleted post with incorrect Sale team



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018:01:26:23:40:08 by SaintMaul.

 
Themanwho
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
Themanwho (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 12:29
After Estelles inability or lack of inclination to chase down A W Jones against ospreys Iíd opine heís got some work to do to get back into the side.

 
twsaint
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
twsaint (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 12:31
Mitch Eadie got smashed in a tackle by Itoje just after he'd passed . He was limping badly for some time and the scrum really suffered with him unable to push strongly. He went off and we ended up with a hooker at 8.

Reece Marshall has overtaken Charlie Clare in the pecking order.

James Craig injured again. Poor chap can't seem to stay fit.

 
Saint Stokey
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 12:45
my only concern is what happens if we get an injury to a centre.

I guess Collins would come on at fullback or wing, and we'd have to shoehorn Ace or North in at 13.

Personally, i like to see a little more utility on the bench which we would see had we had the likes of Francis or Harry available. Neither is really an option with Myler and Grayson although i believe that Grayson has played at 15 on the odd occasion.

but fingers crossed we'll come through unscathed

 
Walks11
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
Walks11 (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 13:02
I donít think Estelles is flavour of the month defensively. When he played a few weeks ago (Falcons I think) he jumped out of the line and we conceded a try, the coached were really not happy with him. No doubt he is exciting with ball in hand.

Shame about Eadie if he is injured, not having a lot of luck.

Like the team think itís a good balance, Saleís looks decent too could be a good game

 
herbie85
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
herbie85 (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 13:05
Quote:
Walks11
I donít think Estelles is flavour of the month defensively. When he played a few weeks ago (Falcons I think) he jumped out of the line and we conceded a try, the coached were really not happy with him. No doubt he is exciting with ball in hand.
Shame about Eadie if he is injured, not having a lot of luck.

Like the team think itís a good balance, Saleís looks decent too could be a good game

Are any of our players flavour of the month defensively? Without doubt it has cost us many games this year, I think to not pick one for defensive failings of the many would be harsh

 
Joe Davison
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
26/01/2018 13:11
Quote:
Walks11
I donít think Estelles is flavour of the month defensively. When he played a few weeks ago (Falcons I think) he jumped out of the line and we conceded a try, the coached were really not happy with him. No doubt he is exciting with ball in hand

I donít think Luther would get picked if that were the case.

 
Dragonboy
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
Dragonboy (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 15:03
I don't think Eadie is injured because he's not listed as being injured on the t'offy

 
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Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
SaintMaul (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 15:10
Looking at the backline, 4 of the 7 played in the Premiership Final we won in 2014.

 
Waggydog
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
Waggydog (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 15:13
Quote:
Dragonboy
I don't think Eadie is injured because he's not listed as being injured on the t'offy

He's listed at the bottom of the story as being unavailable for selection.

Him and Piers have had rotten luck with injuries since joining us.

 
Trog
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
Dave Jackson (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 15:53
Rotten luck. Or poor management of the players conditioning?

 
BrianB
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
BrianB (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 16:05
Flippin heck. If they'd have been played for 80 mins each game but they've only just joined us. Piers's latest was due to a poor tackle by the oppo player.

 
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Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
Chris Hoddle (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 16:50
Sale team (some changes from St Maul's version

Flynn
Jones
WGJ
Bryn
Beau
TJ
Nield
Moore
Faf
Wilkinson
Odogwu
L. James
Will A
Charnley
Haley


Bench:

16. Curtis Langdon, 17. Jake Pope, 18. Alexandru Tarus, 19. Matt Postlethwaite, 20. David Seymour, 21. George Nott, 22. Will Cliff, 23. Cameron Redpath.

http://chrishoddle.smugmug.com/photos/i-TsCHdzK/0/M/i-TsCHdzK-M.gif

 
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Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
Chris Hoddle (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 17:42
I was watching their fly half just three weeks ago at the sale u18 vs Tigers game
Young lad still at school doing his A levels, Kieran Wilkinson.

http://chrishoddle.smugmug.com/photos/i-TsCHdzK/0/M/i-TsCHdzK-M.gif

 
Eif Jones
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
Eif Jones (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 18:34
Strange, not exactly a development team when you have OAPs like Myler being chosen in front of the possible future in Grayson.

 
Waggydog
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
Waggydog (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 18:56
Quote:
Dave Jackson
Rotten luck. Or poor management of the players conditioning?

Rotten luck.

 
St.Sinner
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
St.Sinner (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 19:05
[quote Eif Jones]Strange, not exactly a development team when you have OAPs like Myler being chosen in front of the possible future in Grayson.[/quote

I can see why Mylerís experience may seem attractive in a less experienced Saints team but these are the games Grayson should be playing in 100%.

 
Dragonboy
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
Dragonboy (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 19:15
Totally agree about Grayson ahead of Myler but I really do think the club are targeting this competition. Silverware ahead of player development. Club ahead of individual. Not saying it's right or wrong but three trophies available by the end of the season and this is our only chance of the club salvaging something - plus the A league of course.

 
twsaint
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
twsaint (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 19:19
Quote:
Eif Jones
Strange, not exactly a development team when you have OAPs like Myler being chosen in front of the possible future in Grayson.

Grayson is away with England Under 20 from next week, Piers is still out and Harry is one injury away from being in the England 23. So Stephen needs some game time.

Let's forget this development team/competition stuff, teams pick the best team for their circumstances.

 
St tub
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
St tub (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 19:49
Exactly what TW said.. with bells on

 
Saintly Pursuit
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
Saintly Pursuit (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 21:37
If it stayed that way and Mallinder did get called up do we have another 10?

 
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Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
Chris Hoddle (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 22:16
Well as I said in an early thread. Could do with the winnings to pay off the debt for this tear.
Developing whom for what for this season?
I new DOR may have other thoughts?
There are about four U18 games and another maybe 6 wandies game anyway, so why not go for the cup?

http://chrishoddle.smugmug.com/photos/i-TsCHdzK/0/M/i-TsCHdzK-M.gif

 
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Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
SaintMaul (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 23:42
Quote:
Chris Hoddle
Sale team (some changes from St Maul's version
Flynn
Jones
WGJ
Bryn
Beau
TJ
Nield
Moore
Faf
Wilkinson
Odogwu
L. James
Will A
Charnley
Haley


Bench:

16. Curtis Langdon, 17. Jake Pope, 18. Alexandru Tarus, 19. Matt Postlethwaite, 20. David Seymour, 21. George Nott, 22. Will Cliff, 23. Cameron Redpath.

My apologies. I copied from the Sale board assuming it was the actual team. Turns out it was a speculative team by a Sale fan.

Thanks for highlighting Chris.

 
HungryLikeTheWolf
Re: NEWS: Teams Up AW cup Sale vs Saints
Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
27/01/2018 07:56
A lock at 6 and a flanker at 8..... ugh

still, good enough to maybe win. Happy with Myler selection for now, we need wins from wherever we can get them in whatever competition.

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