Northampton beat Sale Sharks 24 points to 17 at the Franklin’s Garden in the Aviva Premiership.
The Sharks were punished heavily for the lack of discipline on field as Stephen Myler scored seven penalties for Northampton to secure them a much needed win.
Sale Sharks paid a very price for the lack of discipline that they showed on field and it cost them a very important match against a good side. Sale Sharks scored the only try of the game but the indiscipline of the players saw two of them being sent to the sin bin. And if all this was not enough, Ryan Lamb scored a brilliant drop goal in the late minutes of the match to insure the victory of Northampton over Sale Sharks.
It was Sale Sharks who had the first opportunity to score points in the match but Nick Madeod could not convert his forty five metre penalty and shot it wide. This mistake of his was punished upon by Northampton as Stephen Myler scored the first points of the game by successfully converting his penalty.
Sale Sharks equalised with Macleod converting a penalty. This was because Pisi was adjudged by the referee to have impeded Sale Sharks’ Cueto and hence was awarded a penalty. The score remained equal in the first quarter of the match as both teams focused on their defence and kept the opposition attack at bay.
The game was turning out to be a lack lustre affair had it not been for Cato’s brilliant and enterprising run of forty metres that turned defence into attack in a matter of a few seconds.
Northampton dominated Sale Sharks and kept pushing the Sharks but still could not quite threaten the try line. Northampton then regained their lead at thirty minutes as the Sharks were penalised for dragging down a crucial forward drive. The penalty was converted effectively by Stephen Myler.
Northampton scored again and dominated the match as the Sharks were penalised for their lack of discipline in the team.