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Boks help Sale see off Saints

Boks help Sale see off Saints
Sat 21 Nov 2020 | 12:38
Boks help Sale see off Saints
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PREMIERSHIP FRIDAY WRAP: Sale Sharks started their 2020/2021 Premiership campaign with a 32-23 win over Northampton Saints at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday.

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Springboks Akker van der Merwe and Daniel du Preez scored the first two tries of the game to help give Sale a 17-7 lead at the break.

Simon Hammersley an AJ MacGinty were Sale’s try-scorers in the second half which put them on course for victory. MacGinty also added nine points with the boot, while Robert du Preez added three points with a late penalty

The Saints’ points came via tries from Tom Collins and Piers Francis with James Grayson scoring 10 points with the boot. Harry Mallinder also contributed three points with a penalty.

In Friday’s other game, defending champions Exeter Chiefs thumped Harlequins 33-3 in London.

No.8 Sam Simmonds scored three of his team’s five tries in what was a powerful performance from the visitors.

Sale Sharks 32-23 Northampton Saints

The scorers:

For Sale Sharks:
Tries: Van der Merwe, D du Preez, Hammersley, MacGinty
Cons: MacGinty 3
Pens: MacGinty, R du Preez

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For Northampton Saints:
Tries: Collins, Francis
Cons: Grayson 2
Pens: Grayson 2, Mallinder

Teams:

Sale: 15 Luke James, 14 Denny Solomona, 13 Sam James, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Simon Hammersley, 10 AJ MacGinty, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Ben Curry, 6 Jono Ross (captain) 5 Jean-Luc du Preez, 4 Cobus Wiese, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Valery Morozov.
Replacements: 16 Curtis Langdon, 17 Bevan Rodd, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 James Phillips, 20 Matt Postlethwaite, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Rob du Preez, 23 Marland Yarde.

Northampton: 15 George Furbank, 14 Ahsee Tuala, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Tom Collins, 10 James Grayson, 9 Henry Taylor, 8 Teimana Harrison, 7 Tom Wood, 6 Nick Isiekwe, 5 Api Ratuniyarawa, 4 Alex Moon, 3 Paul Hill, 2 James Fish, 1 Alex Waller (captain).
Replacements: 16 Reece Marshall, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Owen Franks, 19 David Ribbans, 20 JJ Tonks, 21 Alex Mitchell, 22 Fraser Dingwall, 23 Harry Mallinder.

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Referee: Ian Tempest
Assistant Referees: Hamish Smales, Wayne Falla
TMO: Trevor Fisher

Harlequins 3-33 Exeter Chiefs

The scorers:

For Harlequins:
Pen: Smith

For Exeter Chiefs:
Tries: S Simmonds 3, Ewers, Townsend
Cons: J Simmonds 4

Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Nathan Earle, 13 Luke Northmore, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Cadan Murley, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Danny Care, 8 Alex Dombrandt, 7 Will Evans, 6 Tom Lawday, 5 Stephan Lewies (captain), 4 Matt Symons, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta.
Replacements: 16 Jack Musk, 17 Jordan Els, 18 Simon Kerrod, 19 Glen Young, 20 Archie White, 21 Jack Stafford, 22 Ben Tapuai, 23 Tyrone Green.

Exeter: 15 Facundo Cordero, 14 Tom O’Flaherty, 13 Ian Whitten, 12 Ollie Devoto, 11 Olly Woodburn, 10 Joe Simmonds, 9 Jack Maunder, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Dave Ewers, 5 Don Armand, 4 Will Witty, 3 Harry Williams, 2 Jack Yeandle (captain), 1 Alec Hepburn.
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Marcus Street, 19 Tom Price, 20 Richard Capstick, 21 Stu Townsend, 22 Harvey Skinner, 23 Tom Hendrickson.

Referee: Christophe Ridley
Assistant Referees: Jamie Leahy, Paul Dix
TMO: Geoff Warren

PV: 18
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