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Sale Sharks v Saracens



Sale Sharks’ only loss in their last seven Guinness Premiership outings was 23-35 at Leicester three weeks ago, whilst at Edgeley Park the Sharks have lost just once in all competitions since March 2005.
Saracens recorded their first win of the season at home to Newcastle on Sunday. Sarries have lost just one of their last four away matches in the Guinness Premiership: 18-30 at London Irish on 6 May.
Last season both encounters were won by the away side on the day â€" Saracens were in fact the only visiting team to have won in any competition at Edgeley Park last season.

My Prediction for this game is Sale 21 - 19 Saracens

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Sale Sharks team: 15-Jason Robinson, 14-Mark Cueto, 13-Mark Taylor, 12-Chris Bell, 11-Ben Foden, 10-Charlie Hodgson, 9-Sililo Martens, 1-Andrew Sheridan, 2-Sebastien Bruno, 3-Barry Stewart, 4-Chris Jones, 5-Christian Day, 6-Jason White, 7-Magnus Lund, 8-Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe
Replacements: Neil Briggs, Stuart Turner, David Tait, Sebastien Chabal, Richard Wigglesworth, Daniel Larrechea, Chris Mayor
Saracens team: 15-Dan Scarbrough, 14-Rodd Penney, 13-Kevin Sorrell, 12-Ben Johnston, 11-Kameli Ratuvou, 10-Glen Jackson, 9-Alan Dickens, 1-Kevin Yates, 2-Matt Cairns, 3-Cobus Visagie, 4-Hugh Vyvyan, 5-Simon Raiwalui (capt), 6-Kris Chesney, 7-David Seymour, 8-Ben Russell
Replacements from: Shane Byrne, Ben Broster, Tom Ryder, Andy Farrell, Paul Gustard, Moses Rauluni, Tevita Vaikona, Lee Dickson, Joe Shaw
Sharks reclaim home supremacy


Guinness Premiership, Edgeley Park, Friday September 22, 7.45pm

Sale Sharks edged a well-contested clash 34-26 against Saracens, taking themselves to within a point of Wasps at the top of the Premiership table.

Sarries are the last team to beat the Sharks at Edgeley Park, triumphing 15-9 back in March, but this time it was the Stockport-based club who found the greater cutting edge.

Sale appeared to be cruising as Mark Cueto's second half try made the score 26-9, but Sarries fought back to within five points before the hosts put the game to bed.

Tries from Cueto, Mark Taylor and Juan Fernandez Lobbe clinched the points for Philippe Saint-Andre's men, but question marks remain over their defending.

Rodd Penney, Ben Johnston and Glen Jackson all found their way to the champions' whitewash in a strong second half showing, and Sarries will be disappointed to leave Edgeley Park empty-handed.

The highly-anticipated reunion of rugby league greats Jason Robinson and Andy Farrell never materialised as the latter remained on the bench, leaving Cueto to steal the show.

A war of the fly-halves developed in the opening 35 minutes, as Jackson and Charlie Hodgson matched each other kick for kick for a 9-9 scoreline.

Then came Cueto's first telling impact as he scythed through the visitors' rearguard, squaring up full-back Dan Scarbrough before releasing Taylor to coast over.

That gave the Sharks a 10-point advantage at the break, and they quickly extended their supremacy at the start of the second period.

Aided by the departure of Johnston and Matt Cairns to the sin-bin, Cueto provided the spare the man at the end of a sweeping right-to-left move for the game's second try.

Sarries were struggling on the back foot, conceding far too many penalties, so they decided attack was the best form of defence as Penney led a fightback.

Both he and Johnston breezed past some limp Sale defending for 26-21, sparking groans of anxiety from the home support.

Any nerves were soon distinguished though, Fernadez Lobbe settling into the 'Chabal role' well at number eight- crashing over for the clinching score.

Half-back Richard Wigglesworth saw yellow late on to allow Jackson to haul his side to within five points once again, but a Hodgson penalty ensured Sale took four points while Saracens left with nothing.

Source: skysports.com

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