Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors

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  • GOOD evening and welcome to the impressive Salford City Stadium where Worcester Warriors will be taking on Sale Sharks (8pm).
  • The hosts have had a torrid season and find themselves rock bottom of the Aviva Premiership table, so will be desperate to end 2012 on a high note.
  • Warriors beat London Welsh 13-6 last time out and will be looking to keep their momentum going with a victory that would keep their push for a top-six place firmly on track.

10:27pm

Thanks for following the blog tonight - there will be a full match report in tomorrow's Worcester News.

Then in Monday's eight-page sports pull-out there will be my comment piece, player ratings, stats and reaction.

10:26pm

Fair to say there are some annoyed Warriors fans out there tonight. Several even calling for Richard Hill to go.

I wouldn't go that far, but the woeful away record has to improve and soon.

10:25pm

 
 
 
 
 

 

9:54pm

FULL-TIME: A disappointing defeat for Warriors at rock-bottom Sale Sharks, who ran out 33-27 winners.

9:53pm

Goode opts to put a penalty out to ensure Warriors claim a losing bonus point.

9:52pm

Times up and Warriors have a scrum in their own 22.

9:51pm

Warriors run from deep and are hit for crossing with one minute left. Cipriani goes for the corner as Sale hunt a try bonus point.

9:50pm

TRY Warriors! The visitors are back into losing bonus point territory as Aleki Lutui burrows over after a penalty to touch. Goode misses the conversion.

Sale 33-27 Warriors

9:47pm

Cipriani, who has kicked excellently tonight, lands another penalty for Sale.

Sale 33-22 Warriors

9:42pm

Sale looking for the try bonus point, take a quick tap penalty and Cueto grubbers the ball to the corner.

9:41pm

Looks like this game has got away from Warriors now. Ceri Jones hit for holding on on the Sale 22 and the hosts clear.

9:39pm

Warriors out of losing bonus point range as Cipriani lands another penalty after Sam Betty was penalised at the breakdown.

Sale 30-22 Warriors

9:35pm

Goode misses a penalty after Jonny Arr was illegally taken out.

Sale 27-22 Warriors

9:29pm

Warriors penalised for obstruction to huge cheers from the home fans.

9:28pm

Another penalty to Warriors at the line-out.

9:27pm

Warriors win a penalty from the re-start - certainly an end-to-end game here! Goode puts the ball into the corner.

9:27pm

TRY Sale! Despite being a man down, Sale steal the ball off Worcester and work an overlap with Richie Gray's superb off-load out of the tackle to Richie Vernon, who sends Mark Cueto over to become the Premiership's equal-highest try-scorer.

Cipriani rubs salt into Warriors' wounds with the conversion.

Sale 27-22 Warriors

9:24pm

Ice-cool Goode drills the ball home to edge Warriors back in front.

Sale 20-22 Warriors

9:23pm

Taulava back to his feet after lengthy treatment. Should be OK to continue. Goode lining up the posts from the 10m line.

9:21pm

Nikki Walker is back on and now Sale are down to 14 men as replacement Fraser McKenzie is yellow-carded for a high-tackle on Semisi Taulava.

9:20pm

Chance for Warriors to go back ahead, but Goode's long-range effort is just wide.

9:18pm

A fine strike from the fly-half puts Sale ahead for the first time in the game.

Sale 20-19 Warriors

9:17pm

Warriors look to run from defence, but are penalised for not releasing 5m from the half-way line. Cipriani is having a shot at goal.

9:15pm

Warriors win a penalty at the scrum and Goode is able to clear to touch inside the 10m line.

9:14pm

Let-off for Warriors as Cipriani unlocks the Worcester defence, before Johnny leota looks to go himself when he had players outside. The ball finally went to Mark Cueto, but he fumbled it forward.

9:12pm

Josh Matavesi limps off to be replaced by Jon Clarke.

9:08pm

Cipriani goes for goal this time and strokes the ball home.

Sale 17-19 Warriors

9:08pm

Penalty to Sale and ANOTHER yellow card for Warriors as Nikki Walker is binned for a deliberate knock-on. Tough call on the Scotsman, that.

9:06pm

Even with the wind behind, Cipriani kicks for the corner instead of the posts after Warriors were penalised for a push.

9:02pm

Andy Goode fires the ball through the uprights.

Sale 14-19 Warriors

9:01pm

Good start to the half for Worcester - penalty in front of the posts as Sale fail to release as they try to run out of defence.

9:00pm

The players are back out - can Warriors hang on for what would be an important victory?

8:59pm

 

8:56pm

 

8:45pm

Warriors win the scrum and Paul Hodgson runs the ball into touch to bring the half-time whistle.

Entertaining first 40 minutes here in Salford; Warriors lead 16-14 at the break.

8:45pm

Another good spell for Sale as they probe the Warriors 22, but it ends with a knock-on. Pennell returns from the sin-bin too.

8:42pm

TRY Sale! The gamble pays off as James Gaskell is on the end of a huge overlap to cruise over the line after the Warriors defenders had been sucked in on the far side of the field.

Cipriani confidently strokes over the conversion in tricky conditions to make it a two-point game again.

Sale 14-16 Warriors

8:39pm

Penalty to Sale from inside the Warriors 10m line and Cipriani still persists with going to touch. Bold strategy from the hosts.

8:37pm

 

8:34pm

Chris Pennell yellow-carded for not rolling away, Sale agains go for the corner, but then lose the line-out. Big period through to half-time for Warriors now.

8:31pm

Euan Murray comes back on for Andress. Fair play to the replacement, he made a great break in the build-up to the try.

8:30pm

TRY Warriors! Neil Best barges over beside the posts after good work from Taulava, Andress, Shervington and Walker. Goode slots the simple conversion.

Sale 7-16 Warriors

8:29pm

Line-out to Warriors on the Sale 10m line after the hosts were penalised for not releasing.

8:25pm

Before the try, Euan Murray went off for John Andress - looked like it was a blood replacement.

8:24pm

TRY Sale! From the line-out, the Sharks batter their way up to the Warriors line, before second row Richie Gray crashes over. Cipriani adds the extra points.

Sale 7-9 Warriors

8:22pm

Cipriani turns down the posts to kick to the corner again. Sale are kicking into a stiff breeze, though. Ceri Jones was penalised for not rolling away.

8:18pm

Nikki Walker close to his first Worcester try, but he is just bundled into touch by the flag. The chance came after a break from Semisi Taulava from a line-out drive and a carry from Paul Hodgson.

8:17pm

Sale have committed five penalties already in less than 20 minutes, with the latest coming on their own scrum put-in when well-placed in the Warriors half.

8:16pm

Ironic cheers from the home fans as Danny Cipriani, whose defensive abilities have been questioned recently, chases his own up-and-under and makes a tackle on Semisi Taulava.

8:14pm

No mistake from Goode, who slots his third penalty of the game.

Sale 0-9 Warriors

8:13pm

Another kickable penalty for Warriors as James Gaskell fails to release Matt Kvesic in the tackle after a strong drive from the Worcester openside.

8:12pm

A lovely strike from Goodey, who becomes Warriors new leading points-scorer in the professional era with 727.

Sale 0-6 Warriors

8:11pm

Chance for Andy Goode to break the record as Sale are hit for pulling down a Warriors driving maul.

8:09pm

More good defence from Warriors forces Sale to infringe on the floor.

8:09pm

It came to nothing though as Sale lost their line-out. They are attacking the Warriors 22 again now though.

8:07pm

Worcester look to play from deep, but are hit for side entry and Cipriani nudges the ball to the corner.

8:05pm

Fly-half Goode moves to within two points of equalling Shane Drahm's record points total.

Sale 0-3 Warriors

8:04pm

Goode bursts into Sale 22 and the hosts are hit for not rolling away. Should be the first points of the night.

8:04pm

Free-kick to Warriors on the Sale put-in.

8:02pm

Andy Goode charged down in his own 22, but recovers and finds Chris Pennell, who makes a good touch.

8:01pm

Danny Cipriani gets the game under way. Come on you Warriors!

7:59pm

There will be a minute's silence in honour of former Sale player David Tait, who died recently.

7:59pm

 

7:51pm

7:45pm

This is the top-10 list of Warriors points-scorers as it stands.

1 Shane Drahm, 726

2 Andy Goode, 721

3 Joe Carlisle, 477

4 James Brown, 472

5 Sateki Tuipulotu, 416

6 Willie Walker, 334

7 Miles Benjamin, 300

8 Ben Hinshelwood, 234

9 Marcel Garvey, 230

10 Pat Sanderson, 165

7:36pm

Here's a stat for you, Andy Goode needs six points to overtake Shane Drahm on the Warriors all-time points-scorers list.

Another stat, wth eight yellow cards in the Aviva Premiership this season, Warriors are top of the sin-bin table!

7:26pm

7:25pm

7:24pm

The team-sheets have just arrived in the press room. Both sides are as announced yesterday.

7:04pm

There's just under an hour until kick-off here in Salford, so here's a couple of articles to keep you busy!

Semisi Taulava

Farming Warriors!

6:45pm

Warriors have named an unchanged starting XV from the team that beat London Welsh 13-6 last time out, while centre Alex Grove is set to make his 100th Worcester appearance.

The mercurial Danny Cipriani has been recalled for Sale and starts at fly-half.

Official team sheets should be released in about 15 minutes.

6:43pm

The facilities here at the shiny, new Salford City Stadium are a vast improvement on those at Sale's former home, Edgeley Park.
 

Comments (1)

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12:09pm Sat 29 Dec 12

littlejohn2 says...

I have to agree with John Blewitt : Johnny Arr should be out there from the start . The lad always give's 100 % and in my eye's one of he best players in the team .Think management need to sit down and think again , they've got it all wron this year.
I have to agree with John Blewitt : Johnny Arr should be out there from the start . The lad always give's 100 % and in my eye's one of he best players in the team .Think management need to sit down and think again , they've got it all wron this year. littlejohn2
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