Saracens back to winning ways over Sale
PUBLISHED: 09:34 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:34 27 February 2017
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Saracens got back to winning ways with a vastly improved 29-18 win over Sale Sharks at Allianz Park.
Three tries, from Duncan Taylor, Chris Ashton and Nathan Earle, effectively sealed the game and added to Sale’s woeful away form and kept Saracens unbeaten home record in all competitions this season.
That said the travelling side starting the brighter of the two and Will Addison broke the deadlock in the first minute with Sarries failing to clear their lines.
A three-point lead for the visitors was enough to shake the home side into life and they immediately attacked from the restart.
A powerful scrum on the Sale five-metre line after 12 minutes brought the first home try. Phase play from the forwards and quick ball across the back line allowed Taylor to dive over.
Despite the missed conversion from fly-half Alex Lozowski, a much-improved Sarries side continued to pressurise the visitors’ defence.
And ill-discipline from Sale’s forwards at the scrum handed Lozowski an easy kick at goal to extend their lead.
AJ MacGinty, who replaced Addison following a collision with full-back Taylor, narrowed the lead to two and Saracens suffered more woe when Jim Hamilton was adjudged by the TMO to have kicked out in a tussle with several defenders.
But Saracens’ forwards began to dominate and a break from Joel Conlon, in his first Premiership start, put the home side well and truly on the front foot.
A deft chip over from the subsequent breakdown caught the Sale defenders unaware, and it sat up perfectly for Ashton to get the easy touchdown.
Lozowski added the conversion and two penalties as Saracens went into the break 21-6 ahead.
The interval seemed to favour the away side at the beginning of the second 40 and they eventually found their way through when Magnus Lund pounced on a through ball from Sam James, MacGinty adding the conversion.
A further penalty though by Lozowski halted their pressure before Saracens went over for their third try.
A break from prop Juan Figallo injected yet more pace into their attack and more phases from the forwards pulled in the Sale defenders.
And quick hands from the hosts saw young winger Earle get across for an unconverted score.
Cameron Neild grabbed a late consolation for the Sharks but neither side could find a bonus point.
Saracens make the long journey to Tyneside on Sunday when they take on Newcastle Falcons.
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