Club are sit­ting pretty ahead of break

The Rugby Paper - - National League 1 - By GRA­HAM COX

TEN tries in to­tal, seven of them for the hosts, leaves Black­heath at the helm as Na­tional League One takes a week’s break.

Club had the per­fect start as loose ball popped into the grate­ful hands of Henry Staff and, although the out­side-cen­tre was tap tack­led short, sup­port ar­rived in the form of Jake Lloyd for the first try.

Li­ne­out ball al­lowed Ryan Parkin­son to drive over in re­sponse, but a fine break in mid­field from Nick Foster opened up the Sale de­fence for Markus Bur­cham to score on his 100th con­sec­u­tive match as cap­tain. Foster then added an­other try for a 19-7 lead.

An­drew Hughes went over for Sale’s sec­ond try, as they drove from an­other close-range li­ne­out, and Chris John­son added a penalty to his two con­ver­sions.

But St­eff Lieben­berg’s long pass found Craig Dowsett out wide to give Black­heath a 24-17 ad­van­tage at the break. Lack of con­trol fol­low­ing a fiveme­tre scrum de­nied Black­heath.

But, with grow­ing as­cen­dancy at the set-piece and some ex­cep­tional de­fence led by the out­stand­ing Josh Peters, Club kept the pres­sure up enough for Fred­die Owen to cross from line-out ball.

Lloyd added his sec­ond score and Neale Patrick dived over af­ter Foster had made an­other use­ful break,

Sale, though, gained a con­so­la­tion with Tom Ailes cross­ing from a five-me­tre scrum.

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