Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Struggling Sale seek boost at Bath

Sale suffered a home defeat to London Welsh last week

Rock-bottom Sale Sharks will arrive at Bath on Saturday after making unwanted club history less than a month into the new Aviva Premiership campaign.

Sale are reeling from four successive defeats - their worst start to a Premiership season - and they have collected just a solitary losing bonus point in the process. To compound matters, they are without injured internationals Dwayne Peel and Richie Gray this weekend.

Sale rugby director Bryan Redpath has made six changes from the side beaten at home by Premiership newcomers London Welsh last time out, including Danny Cipriani being relegated to bench duty. It will also be Sale's first game since they parted company with forwards coach Steve Scott last weekend.

"There are opportunities for some of the younger boys in the club," Redpath said.

"It has been tough after last Friday's match and what followed at the weekend. We are desperate to get another game under our belt because some of the parts of last week's match were not what we expected."

Redpath hands a start to young flanker James Doyle, while scrum-half prospect Nathan Fowles is among the replacements, with Nick Macleod and Cillian Willis forging a new half-back combination.

"Last season, Sale went to Bath on the back of a disappointing home performance and won, later going on to complete a season's double," Redpath added.

"As I've said, last week was unacceptable, and hopefully we can show a big improvement."

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