Saracens earned a hard fought away win against Sale Sharks this evening, resulting in a full-time score of 3-13.
In a gritty Friday night in Manchester, the reigning European Champions Saracens earned a one try victory over Premiership rivals, Sale Sharks.
Saracens went into the affair stripped of a significant number of international players, with Mako Vunipola, Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell just a few of the men missing.
Sale showed great attacking intent and looked to be the more dangerous of the two sides ball in hand, but Saracens true pedigree shone through, cutting their competitors momentum dead in its tracks at every opportunity.
Canny work at the breakdown and a physical, one out runners centred game saw the London based side earn their victory the hard way. An ugly win, but one they will be more than happy with considering their international absentees and injuries.
Sale will be disappointed with their loss, proving on multiple occasions to be the more coherent and threatening of the two sides in attack. The Sharks conceded a few unforced turnovers that began to pile up alongside the nous of their opponents at the breakdown.
A talking point from the match will be the incident that saw both Saracens wing Liam Williams and Sale hooker Rob Webber sent off the pitch with a yellow card each. Webber was binned for holding Sarries openside flanker Schalk Burger in the ruck while Williams received his card for charging in and pushing Sharks centre Mark Jennings over the top of the bodies on the floor.
See the incident below.
Sale Sharks scorers:
Penalties: de Klerk
Penalties: Spencer (2)