Sale beat Ospreys with bonus point

Sale wing Tom Roebuck scored the opening try against Ospreys
Sale wing Tom Roebuck scored the opening try against Ospreys
Sale (14) 49
Tries: Roebuck 2, Reed, Ashman, D du Preez, Langdon, Metcalf Cons: MacGinty 4, R du Preez 3
Ospreys (3) 10
Try: Deaves Cons: Hawkins Pens: Hawkins

Sale consolidated their position in the Heineken Champions Cup last 16 with a comfortable seven-try bonus-point victory over depleted Ospreys.

Wing Tom Roebuck scored two tries with Aaron Reed, Ewan Ashman, Dan du Preez, Curtis Langdon and Jack Metcalf also crossing.

Ospreys flanker Harri Deaves managed a try on an impressive debut.

Toby Booth’s side bow out of European competition after finishing bottom of Pool A with no match points.

Sale had a further four tries disallowed and the loss completed a miserable campaign for the visitors, who have suffered three defeats and a match called off because of Covid-19.

Ospreys were missing stand-in skipper Rhys Webb and Six Nations squad members Tomas Francis, Gareth Anscombe, Owen Watkin and Jac Morgan.

Wing Alex Cuthbert was suspended, while British and Irish Lions quartet Alun Wyn Jones, George North, Justin Tipuric and Dan Lydiate are injured.

Booth was intent on giving young players an opportunity with Wales Under-20s flanker Deaves making his debut and others also handed first European appearances.

Sale had England scrum-half Raffi Quirke back from injury as he partnered AJ MacGinty for the first time since the victory over Ospreys in Swansea in December.

Home wing Reed thought he had opened the scoring but captain Jono Rees was penalised for an illegal ruck clearout before centre Robert du Preez knocked the ball on over the Ospreys line.

The pressure inevitably told when wing Roebuck gathered an impressive clever cross kick from MacGinty who also converted.

South Africa lock Lood de Jager spurned another try-scoring opportunity after knocking the ball on when attempting to cross the line.

Ospreys lost half-backs Reuben Morgan-Williams and Josh Thomas to head injuries with Matthew Aubrey and teenager Joe Hawkins replacing them. Morgan-Williams later returned after passing his head injury assessment.

Following a Ben Curry trademark turnover, Sale’s England prop Bevan Rodd stormed away with a stunning break before expertly releasing wing Reed to score.

Ospreys suffered another injury setback when Wales flanker Sam Cross was carried off with a serious leg problem.

Centre Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler also replaced wing Luke Morgan as the enforced backline changes continued.

Hawkins slotted over a penalty just before half-time as Sale led 14-3 following a disjointed opening 40 minutes.

Sale hooker Ashman crossed for the hosts’ third try after quick thinking from Quirke.

England back row Tom Curry came on as a replacement and played a pivotal role in the bonus point try for number eight du Preez.

Deaves was rewarded for a fine senior debut with a well-worked try after he spun away from an attacking driving lineout.

Roebuck was denied a second score after his impressive individual effort was ruled out because the ball hit the touchline.

Replacement hooker Langdon was driven over before Roebuck gained a deserved second before wing Metcalf completed the scoring.

Sale Sharks: S Hammersley; T Roebuck, R du Preez, R Janse van Rensburg, A Reed; AJ MacGinty, R Quirke; B Rodd, E Ashman, N Schonert, J du Preez, L de Jager, J Ross (capt), B Curry, D du Preez.

Replacements: C Langdon, R Harrison, C Oosthuizen, J du Preez, T Curry, W Cliff, S James, J Metcalf.

Ospreys: D Evans; M Protheroe, M Collins, K Williams, L Morgan; J Thomas, R Morgan-Williams; N Smith, D Lake, T Botha, L Ashley, A Beard (capt), S Cross, H Deaves, E Roots.

Replacements: E Taione, R Jones, R Henry, H Sutton, M Morris, M Aubrey, T Thomas Wheeler, J Hawkins.

Match officials

Referee: Pierre Brousset (France)

Assistant referees: Luc Ramos & Flavien Hourquet (France)

TMO: Denis Grenouillet (France).


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