As well as the long term injured in Eddie Newsum and Paul Cook, The Greens were also without Steve Parker, Danny Vannet, Adam Middleton and Olly Wood. Si Fisher, Danny Bournes, Scott Brown and George Haywood all made the first senior starts this season.
The Sale team were making their first ever visit to Scunthorpe and looked a much stronger outfit than when the teams played at their Heywood Road ground earlier in the season, with their squad including likes of Adam Aigbokhae who has played for premier side Sale Sharks during the current campaign.
The home defence managed to keep their line intact for the first 20 minutes before Ollie Longmore touched down following a catch & drive from a 5 metre line out. Liam McGovern made his first successful conversion for a 7 points to nil advantage. Only 5 minutes later, Scott Rawlings touched down followed by Chris Johnson, both scores being improved by McGovern for a 21 points to nil advantage after 34 minutes.
The pace and tempo of the visitors play proved too much for the home side as their defences were breached 3 more times before the interval with McGovern successfully converting on every occasion for a healthy 42 points to nil half-time score-line. There was some light relief for the home support when Sale briefly indulged in a non ruck situation for 10 minutes or so but were less successful than the Italian national team were at Twickenham last Saturday.
For the second half, the home defence tightened up somewhat even though they did concede a try just 5 minutes into the second period, which the deadly aim of McGovern put between the posts from the touchline. Scunthorpe started to gain more territory and look after possession a lot better and following a series of drives on the opposition line, James Dyson managed to touchdown in the right hand corner. Not to be outdone, Steve Johnson slotted the conversion to make the scoreline 49 points to 7 at mid-point of the second period. Sale managed to score 2 more tries before the final whistle and McGovern did show that he is at least human by missing the last conversion kick.
The Greens will now have to gird themselves for the long trip to Tynedale and hope some of the injured return to bolster the team.