If someone had beamed down from Mars – or from rugby’s amateur era, which feels even more remote – for the Aviva Premiership leaders Saracens’ 24-19 win over Sale Sharks on Saturday how would they have judged the spectacle? An arena of wonderfully nuanced and contrasting players such as Saracens’ gliding fly-half Charlie Hodgson and cerebral lock Steve Borthwick? Or a base battlefield of mega-muscled gladiators battering each other Rollerball-style with casualties shipped off to hospital on motorised carts for the benefit of the paying public, television viewer and now – as we are told enthusiastically by competing broadcasters – broadband consumers?
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Saracens 24 Sale 19 match report: Saracens bring Danny Cipriani’s full house down with second-half tries
Saturday 30 November 2013
Sarries remain top of the Aviva Premiership as they grind out victory against a valiant Sale side led by the former England fly-half
Thursday 21 March 2013
2009 captain and Welsh flanker return from injury desperate to impress coach Warren Gatland
Saturday 02 March 2013
Leicester got their bid for a home Aviva Premiership play-off semi-final back on track by thrashing Sale 48-10 at Welford Road.
Thursday 03 January 2013
The South Africa-born 33-year-old made eight senior appearances for England,
Saturday 22 December 2012
Worcester 13 London Welsh 6
Thursday 13 December 2012
Rugby players, coaches and administrators were today mourning the loss of David Tait, the former Sale forward and Scotland seven-a-side international who fell to his death from an apartment block in Hong Kong. He was 25.
Monday 10 December 2012
Sale's biggest crowd at the Salford City Stadium they moved into last summer witnessed a fifth loss in eight home matches but the Sharks' obdurate effort against the highly-paid, much-travelled Toulon spared them any hairdryer treatment from their new-old coach John Mitchell or the spectators.
Sunday 25 November 2012
Australia came close to real embarrassment in Florence when they appeared to slip into coasting mode and ended up in a fight to cling on to a 22-19 victory over Italy.
Saturday 10 November 2012
Coach's view: England coach will want to emerge with a clear idea of who he can trust to deliver
Saturday 03 November 2012
The Sale chief executive, Steve Diamond praised his side’s resilience after they ignored the distraction of the club’s off-field difficulties to defeat London Irish 21-9 last night.
Saturday 06 October 2012
Foremost among the many assumptions ahead of the start of this domestic campaign was that newly promoted London Welsh could not possibly win a game without Gavin Henson performing like the world-beater he looked like being before his career disappeared down the celebrity plughole. So much for assumption.
Sunday 30 September 2012
Bath 31 Sale 10
Saturday 29 September 2012
Bath v Sale (Today 2.15pm)
Saturday 25 August 2012
Former reality TV star tells Chris Hewett he is relishing his return to rugby reality with London Welsh
Thursday 23 August 2012
Sale, brimming with ambition ahead of the new Premiership season after making significant strides on and off the field, are hoping to tempt the former England coach Brian Ashton back into big-time rugby.
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