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    Penalty goals: Macleod, Cipriani (2),
    Conversions: Cipriani,
  • Aviva Premiership
  • 3rd Jan 2014
  • KO 19:45
  • Ground: Kingston Park
  • Att: 4,134

Aviva Premiership: Sale Sharks start New Year with win at Kingston Park

Last updated: 3rd January 2014  

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Adam Powell of Newcastle Falcons tackles Jonny Leota of Sale Sharks

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Sale started their year with a workmanlike 16-8 Aviva Premiership victory over Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park on Friday.

Tom Brady's first-half try was the difference as the Falcons' frustrating season continues.

Trailing by just five points at half-time, they failed to fight back and seal just their fourth win of the season.

Sale will feel they have had a strong season, with this win pushing them up to sixth position until Exeter and Leicester play over the weekend.

Newcastle's search for a league success continues, having not gained victory in a Premiership game since their triumph over London Irish in October.

After Phil Godman and Danny Cipriani had traded early penalties, they both then missed one apiece in a game of limited chances.

The game's first flash of quality resulted in a try for the visitors. The Sharks moved the ball from the left wing to the right with speed to find Brady on the overlap who skipped over for his second try of the season.

Falcons, the lowest scorers in the Aviva Premiership so far this season, managed to get a score for themselves soon after. Andy Saull was the man in possession when Newcastle drove over the line from a rolling maul.

Dean Richards' men went in five points behind after Cipriani's penalty on half time.

Sale were going in search of their sixth win of the season and looked good value for their lead.

The rain began to pour as the second-half kicked off. Unfortunately though, tries didn't. Dan Braid's sin-bin was the only notable talking point as the game ticked towards the hour mark.

Sale's chance to gain what could have been an unassailable lead was squandered when Cirpiani sent wide a kick from a fairly central position, as the second half looked more and more likely to end without a point being scored.

Cipriani's replacement, Nick Macleod, continued Newcastle's woes. His penalty ended any hopes of a Newcastle losing bonus-point.

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Aviva Premiership
Friday 6th March
Aviva Premiership
19:45Bath vs Sale Sharks
Saturday 7th March
15:00Exeter vs London Welsh
15:00Harlequins vs London Irish
15:15Gloucester vs Northampton
Sunday 8th March
14:00Wasps vs Saracens
15:00Newcastle Falcons vs Leicester Tigers
Friday 27th March
19:45Northampton vs Wasps
Saturday 28th March
15:00London Irish vs Newcastle
15:00Leicester vs Exeter
15:15Saracens vs Harlequins
Sunday 29th March
14:00Sale vs Gloucester
14:30London Welsh vs Bath
Friday 10th April
19:45Newcastle vs Bath
Saturday 11th April
15:00Harlequins vs Gloucester
15:15Saracens vs Leicester
Sunday 12th April
14:00Exeter vs Northampton
14:30London Welsh vs Wasps
15:00London Irish vs Sale
Saturday 25th April
14:00Sale vs Harlequins
15:00Gloucester vs Newcastle
15:00Bath vs London Irish
15:00Northampton vs Saracens
15:00Leicester vs London Welsh
Sunday 26th April
14:00Wasps vs Exeter
Saturday 9th May
14:00Sale vs Newcastle

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