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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.
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.
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.
@tomguestWN tough call between Cipriani & Wayne Barnes for Sale MOM— @UncleGW 28 December 2012
@tomguestWN why not run it at end, be imaginative for a change, cant blame marcel and miles for leaving , wingers dont get used— @AlexTyrer1994 28 December 2012
@tomguestWN can we have sum strong words about RH's performance ill discipline, poor tactics poor team selection poor basic skills V poor— @JohnBlewitt2 28 December 2012
@tomguestWN Jonny Arr should start every game which part of that doesn't Hill understand a year without an away win surely 2013 fresh start— @JohnBlewitt2 28 December 2012
FULL-TIME: A disappointing defeat for Warriors at rock-bottom Sale Sharks, who ran out 33-27 winners.
Goode opts to put a penalty out to ensure Warriors claim a losing bonus point.
Times up and Warriors have a scrum in their own 22.
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.
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
Cipriani, who has kicked excellently tonight, lands another penalty for Sale.
Sale 33-22 Warriors
Sale looking for the try bonus point, take a quick tap penalty and Cueto grubbers the ball to the corner.
Looks like this game has got away from Warriors now. Ceri Jones hit for holding on on the Sale 22 and the hosts clear.
Warriors out of losing bonus point range as Cipriani lands another penalty after Sam Betty was penalised at the breakdown.
Sale 30-22 Warriors
Goode misses a penalty after Jonny Arr was illegally taken out.
Sale 27-22 Warriors
Warriors penalised for obstruction to huge cheers from the home fans.
Another penalty to Warriors at the line-out.
Warriors win a penalty from the re-start - certainly an end-to-end game here! Goode puts the ball into the corner.
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
Ice-cool Goode drills the ball home to edge Warriors back in front.
Sale 20-22 Warriors
Taulava back to his feet after lengthy treatment. Should be OK to continue. Goode lining up the posts from the 10m line.
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.
Chance for Warriors to go back ahead, but Goode's long-range effort is just wide.
A fine strike from the fly-half puts Sale ahead for the first time in the game.
Sale 20-19 Warriors
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.
Warriors win a penalty at the scrum and Goode is able to clear to touch inside the 10m line.
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.
Josh Matavesi limps off to be replaced by Jon Clarke.
Cipriani goes for goal this time and strokes the ball home.
Sale 17-19 Warriors
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.
Even with the wind behind, Cipriani kicks for the corner instead of the posts after Warriors were penalised for a push.
Andy Goode fires the ball through the uprights.
Sale 14-19 Warriors
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.
The players are back out - can Warriors hang on for what would be an important victory?
@tomguestWN sounds like we were playing well, costly card for Pennell #COYW— @bassick13 28 December 2012
RT @waddayaknow: @WorcsWarriors COME ON YOU WORCESTER BOYS!!!!!— @braddersatbbc 28 December 2012
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.
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.
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
Penalty to Sale from inside the Warriors 10m line and Cipriani still persists with going to touch. Bold strategy from the hosts.
@tomguestWN took Barnes long enough to yellow card a Warrior how long till the next sin binning #COYW— @padsybear1 28 December 2012
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.
Euan Murray comes back on for Andress. Fair play to the replacement, he made a great break in the build-up to the try.
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
Line-out to Warriors on the Sale 10m line after the hosts were penalised for not releasing.
Before the try, Euan Murray went off for John Andress - looked like it was a blood replacement.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
No mistake from Goode, who slots his third penalty of the game.
Sale 0-9 Warriors
Another kickable penalty for Warriors as James Gaskell fails to release Matt Kvesic in the tackle after a strong drive from the Worcester openside.
A lovely strike from Goodey, who becomes Warriors new leading points-scorer in the professional era with 727.
Sale 0-6 Warriors
Chance for Andy Goode to break the record as Sale are hit for pulling down a Warriors driving maul.
More good defence from Warriors forces Sale to infringe on the floor.
It came to nothing though as Sale lost their line-out. They are attacking the Warriors 22 again now though.
Worcester look to play from deep, but are hit for side entry and Cipriani nudges the ball to the corner.
Fly-half Goode moves to within two points of equalling Shane Drahm's record points total.
Sale 0-3 Warriors
Goode bursts into Sale 22 and the hosts are hit for not rolling away. Should be the first points of the night.
Free-kick to Warriors on the Sale put-in.
Andy Goode charged down in his own 22, but recovers and finds Chris Pennell, who makes a good touch.
Danny Cipriani gets the game under way. Come on you Warriors!
There will be a minute's silence in honour of former Sale player David Tait, who died recently.
Alex Grove leads the Warriors out on his 100th appearance. Follow the live blog here: http://t.co/07GAwJCb or http://t.co/wYTfn8em (mbile)— @tomguestWN 28 December 2012
Cracking view from the Salford City Stadium press bench. http://t.co/BAyCNIZ2— @tomguestWN 28 December 2012
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
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!
@tomguestWN tom this is a must win and should win game. we r dreadful away from home but lets play with confidence keep the ball and win !!— @JohnBlewitt2 28 December 2012
Tonight's team-sheet: http://t.co/9iy6XoEc— @tomguestWN 28 December 2012
The team-sheets have just arrived in the press room. Both sides are as announced yesterday.
There's just under an hour until kick-off here in Salford, so here's a couple of articles to keep you busy!
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.
Arrived at Salford City Stadium for the game... two hours to go! Lots of media here, including @tomguestWN who is eating all the chips #coyw— @WorcsWarriors 28 December 2012