West Park matched the semi-professional Sale outfit for the first 35 minutes of this encounter but two tries in quick succession before the break were just a taste of what was to come.
The half time debut introduction of club stalwart Bill Collins
in the unfamiliar position of hooker did little to steady the scrums but improved work rate around the park from the pack. The Sale side were dominant in all facets of the game and the first halves heroic performance in defence by West Park had took its toll as the visitors failed to live with the home teams attacking pace and general fitness.
The replacement of back row Ryan Connolly
due to injury with dale morley
added some weight to the pack but did nothing to reverse the flow of points as Sale continued to score the majority of their points out wide.
The loss of Lee Rosney
with over 20 minutes remaining aided the home teams effort to score when they had ball in hand, West Parks defence repelling as much as possible but in the end a futile effort.
From a match with over seventy unanswered points it is hard to find positives but the grit and determination of never giving up until the final whistle is certainly one and the emergence of Liam Hill
in the number 10 jersey are some to take away from this match.
Honorable mentions should go to the drift defence of Matthew Cozens
and Streaker Sparrow, Rob Morley’s leadership through one of the toughest matches of his short captaincy and the travelling spectators whose support is always appreciated.