Monday, October 13, 2008
The Sale Sharks put in perhaps the most impressive performance of the Heineken Cup weekend as they produced some fantastic rugby to beat Clermont Auvergne 32-15 on Saturday.
It was a tight game that still could have gone either way with ten minutes left, but a few excellently taken tries proved to be the difference in this entertaining match.
All Black Luke McAllister once again showed what a fantastically all round player he is, with another performance of true quality.
Welshman Dwayne Peel's break in the 20th minute proved to be a turning point in the game as Sale took a 13 point lead from the resultant David Doherty try. Peel picked up a shoulder injury though and looks to be out for some time unfortunately.
Clermont came back, but two Sale tries in the last ten minutes put the game out of reach for the home side.
"It's a great win and one we didn't expect. Clermont is a difficult place to come to and it's a fantastic achievement to pick up a bonus-point win away from home." said coach Kingsley Jones.
It was an impressive victory for Sale, but they can't celebrate for too long as they now need to focus on preparations for their mouth watering meeting with Munster next weekend.