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Ospreys hoping to end streak in Sale clash

Friday 10th December 2021

11:00 am (GMT)

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Ospreys hoping to end streak in Sale clash

Ospreys full-back Dan Evans

Ospreys host Sale Sharks in the Heineken Champions Cup at the Swansea.com Stadium on Sunday – hoping to snap a streak. 

They have failed to win in their last eight matches in the competition – losing their last seven and drawing one – and have conceded a sizeable average of 34 points per game across those defeats.  

The Pool B match kicks off at 13:00 (UK & Irish time) and can be watched on BT Sport, beIN Sports, and Sky Italia. 

Other key facts: 

  • Ospreys and Sale have met twice before in the European Cup, the Welsh side winning both previous clashes in the 2006/07 pool stage. 
  • Sale have won just one of their last eight European Cup games – but that was also in Wales, when they beat Scarlets 57-14 in April this year, their second biggest-ever win in the competition (67-11 v Calvisano, 2006). 
  • Sale made 41 clean breaks in the Heineken Champions Cup last season, more than any other side, with 17 different players making at least one break for them over the course of the campaign.  
  • Ospreys averaged 8.7 turnovers won per game in the Challenge Cup last season, more than any other side. Morgan Morris and George North both contributed a team high of four turnovers each. 

Key quotes: 

Rhys Webb (Ospreys scrum-half): It’s a new competition now, back in the Heineken [Champions] Cup, somewhere where Ospreys deserve to be. We’re excited [to be playing] against a top, top side with Sale. We’re just looking forward to the challenge. 

Alex Sanderson (Sale Sharks director of rugby): “It’s a really exciting one, to frame it (the Heineken Champions Cup) as probably the world’s best club rugby competition. It’s got the best teams in it, so by association you have to include yourself as that.” 

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First-half blitz sees Sale beat Ospreys

Sunday 12th December 2021

5:59 pm (GMT)

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First-half blitz sees Sale beat Ospreys

Jean-Luc du Preez scores for Sale

A strong first-half performance from Sale Sharks ensured they left the Swansea.com Stadium with a 21-13 victory over Ospreys in the Heineken Champions Cup on Sunday.

It was all too easy for Sale early on as Rohan Janse van Rensburg powered his way over the line on 3 minutes, a score which AJ MacGinty converted.

Ospreys responded through a Gareth Anscombe penalty but Ewan Ashman then benefitted from a rumbling Sale maul as the away side notched their second try of the game on 11 minutes, again converted by MacGinty.

Sale remained in control for much of the first half and notched a third converted score as Jean-Luc du Preez reached over a ruck to plant down from close range on 24 minutes.

A yellow card for Lood de Jager saw Sale reduced to 14 men just before the break but Ospreys were unable to break through – that was until 49 minutes, after Sale were back to their full complement.

Rhys Webb floated a pass out to Luke Morgan who went over in the corner and Josh Thomas’ conversion reduced the deficit to eight points.

Ospreys were much improved in the second half and were on top for large spells but struggled to find a way past a dogged Sale defence.

The visitors were once again reduced to 14 men when Ben Curry was sent to the sin bin on 68 minutes, but despite Ospreys’ best efforts they couldn’t add to their points tally.

Raffi Quirke almost nicked a fourth try late on for Sale but a TMO review ruled the score out, leaving the Gallagher Premiership side to settle with a 21-13 win.

Sale host ASM Clermont Auvergne in Round 2 on Saturday while Ospreys visit Racing 92.

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