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Rampant Sale humble sorry Scarlets


South Africa scrum-half Faf de Klerk managed the sport for Sale
Scarlets (0) 14
Tries: Owens, Morgan Cons: Halfpenny 2
Sale (23) 57
Tries: A van der Merwe 2, MacGinty, Yarde, Beaumont, Quirke Cons: MacGinty 6 Pens: MacGinty 5

Sale booked a Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final journey to face La Rochelle with a thumping victory in opposition to a woeful Scarlets facet.

Two tries from hooker Akker van der Merwe and AJ MacGinty’s boot constructed up a 23-point first-half lead.

MacGinty scored a second-half attempt to end with a report 32-point haul, with additional tries from Marland Yarde, Josh Beaumont and Raffi Quirke.

Scarlets may solely reply with tries from Ken Owens and Jac Morgan.

Sale booked their first Champions Cup quarter-final since 2006 – when the match was recognized simply because the Heineken Cup – as they ensured there have been two English sides within the final eight by becoming a member of Exeter.

Irish province Leinster and 5 French golf equipment sides – La Rochelle, Toulouse, Clermont, Racing 92 and Bordeaux Begles – full the line-up subsequent weekend.

La Rochelle v Sale Sharks
Clermont Auvergne v Toulouse
Bordeaux-Begles v Racing 92
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster
All kick-off occasions and dates are to be confirmed

Sale are well-placed in third within the Premiership however had certified for the Champions Cup final 16 regardless of having not gained a recreation, with pool defeats in opposition to Toulon and Edinburgh.

South Africa World Cup-winning scrum-half Faf de Klerk and England flanker Tom Curry proved influential within the victory, which was achieved with out lacking Springbok second row Lood de Jager.

The Scarlets’ defeat accomplished a disastrous weekend for the 4 Welsh areas, with no facet reaching the quarter-finals of both European match.

Dragons, Cardiff Blues and Ospreys misplaced within the European Problem Cup with the quartet of defeats coming in opposition to English membership sides.

The opposite Welsh losses had been shut affairs. This was something however as Scarlets have been humbled and humiliated at their floor, the Welsh facet convincingly dropping the bodily and breakdown battles.

The drubbing occurred regardless of Scarlets having Wales’ Six Nations-winning gamers – Owens, Johnny Williams, Liam Williams, Leigh Halfpenny, Gareth Davies, Wyn Jones and Jake Ball – again within the beginning facet.

Sale’s Tom Curry – right here being tackled by Liam Williams of Scarlets – was vastly influential for the guests

Scarlets set out their stall with a stuttering begin courtesy of a knock-on from the kick-off from Sione Kalamafoni and a scrum penalty conceded by Wyn Jones, permitting MacGinty to open the scoring.

Scarlets’ line-out then malfunctioned, with the throw going excessive and Sale hooker Van der Merwe powering by way of an tried Gareth Davies sort out and diving over. MacGinty transformed earlier than slotting over a second penalty.

Sale have been denied a second strive after centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg did not floor the ball, however it solely delayed the inevitable when Van der Merwe was pushed over for his second.

Shocked Scarlets misplaced Wales centre Johnny Williams to a shoulder harm, though he was changed by British and Irish Lion Jonathan Davies.

MacGinty’s third penalty prolonged the lead as Sale continued to outmuscle and virtually bully their opponents, taking a 23-0 interval lead.

The Scarlets nightmare continued after the break when a unfastened move from Dan Jones was capitalised on by reverse quantity MacGinty, who dribbled over to attain.

Scarlets lastly responded with an Owens strive from a driving line-out with Halfpenny changing, however it solely briefly halted the Sale procession.

England wing Yarde dived over after a flowing transfer, earlier than the mercurial MacGinty arrange captain Beaumont for the fifth strive. MacGinty transformed earlier than slotting over two penalties.

Flanker Morgan gained a late comfort Scarlets rating earlier than substitute Sale scrum-half Quirke, 19, sprinted over for his first ever strive for the Sharks.

Fittingly, MacGinty transformed to finish an ideal report of 11 profitable kicks.

Scarlets: Halfpenny; L Williams, Hughes, J Williams, McNicholl; D Jones, G Davies; W Jones, Owens (capt), Scholtz, Ball, Lousi, Shingler, J Morgan, Kalamafoni.

Replacements: Elias, S Thomas, Sebastian, Rawlins, Thomson, Blacker, Costelow, J Davies.

Sale: Hammersley; McGuigan, S James, Janse van Rensburg, Yarde; AJ MacGinty, De Klerk; Rodd, Van der Merwe, John, Wiese, Beaumont (capt), JL du Preez, T Curry, D du Preez.

Replacements: Langdon, Harrison, Oosthuizen, Phillips, Neild, Quirke, R du Preez, L James.

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)

Assistants: Dan Jones (Wales), Mike English (Wales).

TMO: Philippe Bonhoure (France).


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