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Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors
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- WARRIORS make their third visit of the season to Sale Sharks' AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, this time for an LV= Cup clash (2pm).
- Worcester have played Sale three time already this term, losing each time, but travel north today with renewed optimism after last weekend's first home win of the campaign - a 20-13 success over Oyonnax.
@tomguestWN Not a bad result with such a young, inexperienced team. Will only do us good in the near and distant future. Proud supporter.— @the_Verralls 25 January 2014
There goes the final whistle, Sale have won here by 20 points to six.
Warriors' LV= Cup campaign is all but over now.
Thanks for following, Exeter next up at Sixways!
The chance comes to nothing as Warriors are penalised and Sale clear.
Scrum Warriors in the Sale 22.
Superb touchline conversion from Ford in tough conditions.
He's then replaced by Danny Cipriani...
Sale 20-6 Warriors
TRY Sale! The hosts take advantage of their dominance with a well-worked try from winger Charlie Ingall.
Sale all over Worcester again now. They have just bought on some big-hitters off the bench.
Will Cliff just thought he'd scored off a line-out, but play has been brought back for a penalty to Worcester.
Davies slots the ball home.
Sale 13-6 Warriors
Warriors set up the rolling maul and move forwards and infield before Sale are penalised for illegally halting their progress. Should be a three-pointer.
A jinking run by Josh Watkins is halted by a crude high tackle and Warriors have the penalty on half-way.
TRY Sale! Mark Easter reaches out and places the ball over the line from close range after a number of forward drives by the Sale pack.
Ford adds the simple conversion.
Sale cranking up the pressure a little bit now. Another line-out deep in Warriors territory.
Sale lose the line-out again...
With Stelling having chased his own clearance, there's no one at home for Warriors when Sale kick in behind. RDC gathers and runs the ball back, but is guilty og not releasing. Ford drills the penalty to the corner.
At the third time of asking, Elliott Davies finds the target and brings Warriors back to within three points.
Sale 6-3 Warriors
Sale penalised again as Warriors try to batter through.
Warriors five metres out...
Goodhue was injured making that tackle and is off for a concussion assesment. Replaced by RDC.
Josh Watkins chips in behind and Mark Easter gathers, but is clattered by Cam Goodhue. Sale are then penalised for hands in the ruck. Good position for Warriors here.
@PitSmokedBBQ @Tkwrfc @tomguestWN 3-0 at half time? Sounds like a classic!!— @edscott99 25 January 2014
Bit of handbags between Chris Jones and Tom Holmes at the line-out!
Ford drills the ball through the uprights into the wind. Good kick.
Sale 6-0 Warriors
@tomguestWN you must have done something horrific in a previous life, Sir ;-)— @Grim_Reaper71 25 January 2014
Joe Ford kicks-off and Warriors concede a penalty straight away. Good start!
No changes for either side during the interval. Let's hope for an improved second period...
@PitSmokedBBQ @tomguestWN worst game of rugby I've ever seen in my life— @Tkwrfc 25 January 2014
Sounds like man of the match so far is @tomguestWN glad I didn't travel for the game today how do you feel @Tkwrfc ?— @PitSmokedBBQ 25 January 2014
Warriors manage to keep their line in tact and get through to half-time.
Not the best of games so far...
Sale 3-0 Warriors
@tomguestWN assume weather reports are more exciting than the game...— @sutcliffeCo 25 January 2014
@tomguestWN 3 points so far. What a game— @jonnorthfield 25 January 2014
@tomguestWN preparing to start raining here at Sandy Park - we think it is awaiting the whistle— @bristolharding 25 January 2014
Penalty to Sale. They opt for another scrum.
Warriors knock-on as the ball goes loose. Sale have a scrum five metres out woth 90 seconds to go.
@tomguestWN No, hon. They're called floodlights.— @Mandas1981 25 January 2014
Sale turn down the posts and kick to the corner - brave given their line-out throwing so far...
Just under five minutes of a dreadful half of rugby left. Low on quality, high on unforced errors.
Kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick,kick, kick, kick,kick, kick, kick,kick, kick, kick,kick, kick, kick,kick, kick, kick,kick, kick, kick,kick, kick, kick,kick, kick, kick,kick, kick, kick,kick, kick, kick,kick, kick, kick,kick, kick, kick,kick, kick, kick,kick, kick, kick,kick, kick, kick,kick, kick, kick....
Not the best of strikes again unfortunately and the young number 10 misses the target.
The wind seems to have dropped a bit, so Davies is going for goal again.
Another impressive scrum from the Worcester pack, who have Sale back-pedalling and win a penalty.
Sale have lost four out of five line-outs now as the ball goes loose at the top and Warriors win the put-in.
BREAKING NEWS: The sun is coming out. Repeat, the sun is coming out in Manchester!
After a spell of fairly inane kick-tennis, Dean Hammond opts to try something different and chips ahead, makes good yard and forces the Sale defender into touch.
Sale are starting to play a bit now, but it's still a very cageyt affair.
Sale's debut hooker Dan Baines has lost three line-outs out of three so far. Tough gig...
Sale probably edging the breakdown battle so far, but Worcester look solid in the set-pieces.
Line-out to Warriors mid-way through the Sale half after the hosts carelessly kick out on the full.
Warriors have seen a fair bit of the ball so far, but struggling for territory into the tetth of the wind. Sale using the advantage well to peg Worcester back.
Strong driving line-out for Warriors marches Sale back and wins a penalty as the hosts go in from the side. John Andress on as a blood replacement for Rob O'Donnell.
Sale manage to spoil the line-out and steal the ball.
Sale infringe again, this time for pulling down at the line-out. Davies kicks to touch inside the 22 this time.
On target, but the ball held up in the wind and fell short. Sale clear to touch.
That's one back for Warriors as Sale are penalised at the scrum after a knock-on. Confidently, Davies calls for a shot at goal despite the swirling winds. He's about 40 metres out.
@tomguestWN live up there and could have got free tickets but annoyingly have to head south today for a family birthday! Poor weather mind!— @nimrodio 25 January 2014
Fly-half Ford slots the ball home.
Sale 3-0 Warriors
Sale throw the line-out not straight but, from the resulting scrum, the ball squirts out, Sharks players swarm over it and Warriors are penalised for going off their feet. Joe Ford should open the scoring here.
Early nerves from Davies, who spills a simple pass forward. Warriors are then penalised for not rolling away.
Debutant Elliott Davies gets the game under way.
Anyway, here we go!
Dean Schofield leads the Warriors team out against the team he spent more than a decade with.
The Sale players are out now as well and kick-off is moments away.
Just as a word of warning, my laptop is getting pretty wet with the rain swirling into the stadium. If it gets much worse, I'll be packing it away and that'll be the end of the blog unless the sun comes out....!
If it comes to that, I'll try to tweet updates from my phone - you can follow me @tomguestWN
Can't say I know too much about the Sale team today. That said, there's a fair few new faces in the Warriors side too!
The two youthful teams look evenly-matched, but maybe the power of Sale's bench could be the difference today.
Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing some of Worcester's exciting youngsters in action - hopefully they will go well.
@tomguestWN thanks for being there for us *sits in the warm, watches game via the medium of twitter* Hope you've got thermals on..— @wiiaholic 25 January 2014
Have many Worcester fans made the trip north for today's game? A win today could be huge in the context of Warriors' season. #COYW— @tomguestWN 25 January 2014
Good luck to @khfcofficial at Sunderland today - I remember being at Aggborough for the West Ham game 20 years ago! #CmonKiddy— @tomguestWN 25 January 2014
RT @tomguestWN: Here's today's two line-ups: http://t.co/6gHfBcAkKZ— @RugbyWorcs 25 January 2014
What a surprise, it's bloody freezing and raining incessantly just as kick-off approaches!— @tomguestWN 25 January 2014
As fas as the convoluted format of the LV= Cup goes, where you play games against teams who aren't in your pool (?!), Warriors are currently second behind Bath in pool three.
The West Country side have a four-point lead over Worcester with the final two rounds still to be played.
Bath are favourites to progress to the semi-finals, but a win today could set Warriors up for an interesting pool-stage finale when Exeter Chiefs come to Sixways next weekend.
Dean Ryan has peppered his side for today's match with some of the Sixways club's most promising prospects.
Fly-half Elliott Davies makes his debut, while fellow academy prospects Jack Cosgrove, Andrew Boyce and George de Cothi could make their first appearance for the club if they're called from the bench.
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