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By Sara'sman
November 4 2018

My thoughts (since I appreciate others' after A league/non televised games):

Another excellent game from Kpoku (even better than v Tigers), carried and tackled to great effect. Judge excellent for 30 minutes (then tired?), dominating his opponent (their first penalty a poor decision), Day stole a couple of lineouts and though slow on the turn worked tirelessly. Taylor's speed of passing excellent, kicking so-so, sniping nearly came off. Our lineout was outstanding for 30 minutes then fell apart - throws too long (3?) one too low, one stolen. Bosch looking to offload but no runners on his shoulder (went off for 8 min with a bloody nose, came back to organise the youngsters). Morris made a couple of good breaks and generally good with ball in hand, not so good in defence. Scrum was generally dominant but a little inconsistent. Crossdale chased well but looks frail! Lewington rather too anonymous for me. Gallagher mixed - early kick half charged down, a couple of theirs knocked on, but reads game well/positioning good. Back row made 3 or 4 Jackals, tackled well but too little with ball in hand.

But Malins, oh dear! Sliced kick straight out, restart straight out, another didn't travel 5 yards, easy early penalty missed. Much worse than v Tigers.

Our kick chase was excellent, we should have won at a canter (Sale fans near me after 30 min "It's going to be a long day") but we started gifting possession/penalties and they looked increasingly dangerous as they bludgeoned then threw wide - Wilkinson played very deep helping them to outflank us. They finished as the more dangerous team. Think I saw our new prop, Kpoku2 (and Adams-Hale) warming up amongst the reserves.

Our second try was a fantastic team effort, Sale's first pretty good too. Clark targeted a little again, didn't over-react nor back down! Very clear in the warm-up that the organisation is (understandably) a rung or two down on the First team, and it showed in the backs where the second line of receivers was rarely used to any effect; a couple of openings blown, another nearly gifting an interception try.

My thanks to the great Sale fans surrounding me - generous with half time cakes/biscuits and good company, though forcing me to join the eating of Jelly Babies every time they scored was uncalled for!
SALE: James Odogwu Doherty Leota Reed Wilkinson Cliff; Bristow (J Pope), Langdon, Jones (Taurus), Postlethwaite, Ostrikov (Booth), Nott, Dugdale, Strauss (Birch). Subs unused: Dolly, Warr, Roebuck, N Pope
SARACENS: Gallagher, Crossdale, Bosch (Bird-Tulloch), Morris, Lewington, Malins, Taylor (Whiteley); Thompson-Stringer (Barrington), Woolstencroft (Gray), Judge (Koch), Day, Kpoku, Clark,  Reffell (Christie), Earl. Subs unused: Nay, Obatoyinbo
SALE: Tries Cliff, Odogwu; Conv: Cliff; Pen Cliff
SARACENS: Tries: Kpoku, Gallagher; Conv: Malins; Pen: Malins

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04/11/2018 11:59
I used your summary for a brief match report Sara'sman, hope that's OK

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2018:11:15:18:52:38 by Darraghgirl.

TonyTaff (IP Logged)
04/11/2018 12:55

That's so good, she'll be press-ganging you to join the scribes!

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Sara'sman (IP Logged)
04/11/2018 14:30
No problem at all DG. It amazes me how much detail you, Innings et al can recall in reports of games (even non-televised ones!). I tend to watch as a fan and think I'm usually reasonable at recalling patterns but very poor at detail/names. A case in point is our second try which deserves more than the brief mention above (as does Sale's first).

It (may have) started with a break through the middle by (Morris, though possibly that was a different one), several carries and quick recycles by the forwards on the front foot, with good Sale scrambling defence, a quick pass to Malins with Sale's backs stretched, they were up very (too - it's not just us) quickly and Malins (possibly Morris or Bosch!) cross-kicked behind the defence, in truth a little too shallow, Crossdale read it well and sprinted onto the ball, a kind bounce/his good judgement enabled him to nearly score in the corner, excellent Sale cover caught him, but he cleverly popped the ball inside to the supporting Gallagher who flopped over. Good applause from Sale fans.

I don't wish to harp on too much re Malins, though I did omit that again he missed touch by kicking a penalty dead near the end. He has great potential but in my view still lacks the control needed at this level. Might he benefit from a full season at Bedford? Or Leeds! He is a talented, brave and committed player, perhaps still a little light physically for the Premiership.

Bosch was very vociferous throughout, organising the backs. Clark quieter but leading from the front. When he came on after (55?) minutes Whitely was the only other player to show much leadership potential. I think the game gave great exposure and experience to a large number of players for both sides.

Good to see our fringe and future players at my closest Premiership ground. Not so good was a pathetic 1 mile closure of the M62 that took 90 minutes due to a diversion through traffic lights allowing 5 vehicles through every 60 seconds!

TT - I did offer to collect you and/or (preferably the latter) your favourite French Nurse en route! (I'm going to Sale @ AP in 2 weeks (but not Sale A in Jan) if you'd like a lift).

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