Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Wigglesworth stars as Sarries win

Richard Wigglesworth

Saracens sank Sale with three home debutants scoring in an emphatic 28-13 victory.

England scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth kicked 13 points against his former club while Deon Carstens and David Strettle scored tries.

Schalk Brits got Sarries other try while David Seymour crossed for Sale with Nick Macleod kicking eight points.

Sale went offside early on and Alex Goode scorned kicking for goal, electing instead for a lineout. Mouritz Bioth snatched it out of the clouds, set up the drive and hooker Brits was driven over between the posts. Wigglesworth kicked the conversion to establish a 7-0 lead after 16 minutes - only for Sale to stun the crowd with a try direct from the re-start.

Macleod's kick was collected by Tom Brady on the left. He carved through the defence before passing inside for former Saracens flanker Seymour to score. Fly-half Macleod levelled matters with the conversion.

And it was Macleod who gave Sale the lead with a penalty after 25 minutes as referee Wayne Barnes continued to hammer the slightest infringement but Wigglesworth was on target again after 27 minutes, firing over a penalty that hauled his side level at 10-10.

Macleod then kicked Sale back into a 13-10 lead only for Wigglesworth to make it 13-13 on the stroke of half-time with his third kick.

And the England scrum-half had edged his side in front two minutes after the break with a penalty, awarded when Sale went off their feet at a ruck.

Saracens increased their lead within minutes when an irresistible attack up the right comprising six players inter-passing was finished when prop Carstens barged over the line. Wigglesworth added the conversion from a difficult angle.

Paul Williams kept Sale in the game with a wonderful flying tackle to prevent Strettle from scoring a breakaway try minutes after coming on. The England wing seemed home and dry before the full-back launched himself full-length to haul him down close to the line. But he was not to be denied, taking a pass from Goode to score in the left hand corner.

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