Sale joy over­shad­owed by ma­jor con­cerns for Yarde

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Sport | Gallagher Premiership - By Rob Wild­man at AJ Bell Sta­dium

Sale over­pow­ered New­cas­tle on a wave of sec­ond-half pres­sure but the vic­tory was over­shad­owed by a se­ri­ous in­jury to Mar­land Yarde, who was taken to hos­pi­tal hav­ing sus­tained a sus­pected dis­lo­cated left knee.

Steve Di­a­mond, Sale’s di­rec­tor of rugby, said: “It’s hor­ren­dous. We will see what the spe­cial­ist says. The in­jury cer­tainly takes the gleam off the win.”

New­cas­tle, who had prop Lo­govi’i Mulipola and scrum-half Micky Young sent to the sin-bin in the sec­ond half, were also bat­tered and bruised, hav­ing lost Nikki Goneva and Toby Flood in­side the first 22 min­utes.

Goneva did not re­turn from a head in­jury as­sess­ment, af­ter try­ing to stop Yarde in the fourth minute, while Flood went off 18 min­utes later due to a shoul­der prob­lem. To add to their woes, they lost cap­tain Will Welch to a leg in­jury when Sale were in charge late on.

How­ever, the most con­cern was for Yarde, who was car­ried off four min­utes from time hav­ing been hurt in a tackle.

Sale’s sec­ond Premier­ship win of the sea­son was down to a col­lec­tive per­for­mance af­ter the in­ter­val in­spired by Yarde charg­ing out of his own half. The at­tack, 12 min­utes af­ter the break, changed the im­pe­tus of the match fol­low­ing a first half which ended in New­cas­tle lead­ing 7-3, thanks to a Welch try.

Yarde’s break was backed up by Sam James and the pair cut open New­cas­tle only for the wing to be im­peded by Mulipola, who was given a yel­low card.

Sale main­tained the pres­sure and from a line-out they even­tu­ally worked a try for Jon Phillips which AJ MacGinty con­verted. New­cas­tle’s trou­bles had only just be­gun.

Sale’s pres­sure brought a sec­ond try, again from a lock in the shape of Bryn Evans, who had the easy task of scor­ing at the cor­ner.

To fin­ish off, Sale scored a third when Ro­han van Rens­burg burst through a tired de­fence to leave Dean Richards, New­cas­tle’s di­rec­tor of rugby, ru­ing a fifth de­feat out of six. Richards ar­gued his team did not get the “rub of the green” from ref­eree Tom Fo­ley. “We are not happy with our per­for­mance from about 30 min­utes on­wards. There were rea­sons for that in the in­juries and the yel­low cards in the sec­ond half.”

Thwarted: Sam James makes a break for Sale but is tack­led by Ge­orge McGuigan

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