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Sale Sharks results in the first two rounds of this season's Aviva Premiership typify all that has been good and bad about the Salford based club for the past couple of seasons. Defeat in the first round at Newcastle Falcons, when they missed a last gasp penalty that would the stolen the points, was followed by victory in their own stadium, the AJ Bell in Salford, against Harlequins. The victory over Quins extended the Sale Sharks run of results at home to just one loss in the last 13 Premiership fixtures at the venue. The solitary reverse during that sequence being 11-12 against Gloucester in April.
On Friday Evening Sale get a chance to avenge that result, as they face the still winless Gloucester Rugby Cherry and Whites. That win at the AJ Bell in April, was Gloucester's last Premiership victory at any venue. As they have lost already this season to the Leicester Tigers at Kingsholm, after leading 31-7, while they could only manage a draw at Worcester Warriors last week, playing against 14 men for much of the second half. However, Gloucester have had the better of recent meetings between the two sides, with just one loss in the last four fixtures, a 6-23 defeat at the AJ Bell in March 2015.
Posted: 29th April 2016
Sale Sharks hopes of grabbing a top four finish in the Aviva Premiership, and a spot in the post-season play-offs, appear to have realistically disappeared with their 26-32 defeat at Bath last weekend, although they did manage to secure two bonus points at the Rec. The Salford based club now trail the fourth placed Leicester Tigers by six points with just two regular season fixtures left to play. The goal now, must be to ensure that they claim a top six finish, and collect a position in next season's Champions Cup.
On Friday Evening at the AJ Bell Stadium, the Sale Sharks can go a long way towards that goal, when they host a Gloucester side that had lost four successive Premiership matches, before defeating the Exeter Chiefs by 16-9 at KIngsholm. While Sale remain unbeaten at home in the Premiership this season, their only defeat in any competition being by Montpellier in the Challenge Cup Friday's visitors have managed just a solitary success on the road. For Gloucester Rugby, who currently sit in eighth position in the table on 45 points, there is nothing but pride left to play for in the remaining two weeks of what has been a desperately disappointing season.
Posted: 29th March 2015
Sale Sharks last two Aviva Premiership fixtures have both ended in defeat, at Leicester Tigers and Bath. Results that appear to have ended the Sharks hopes of making either the end of season play-offs, or finishing in the top six, and clinching an automatic spot in next seasons Champions Cup. On Sunday Gloucester visit the AJ Bell Stadium, attempting to become only the second club to win at the venue since the opening weekend of the season. The Cherry and Whites from the West Country like their hosts have been in poor form in the Premiership, with just one win from the last four fixtures, a victory at Kingsholm against bottom of the table London Welsh in Round 15. Gloucester and Sale Sharks are involved in a three way fight with Harlequins for the Champions Cup play-off position. Trailing the Sharks by six points with five games left to play, Gloucester know that victory is essential if they are to retain a chance of stealing seventh position.
The sides met in Round 2 earlier in the season, when Gloucester Rugby won a 34-27 victory. If they can win for the first time at Sale since 2001, it will give them a first season's double over the Sharks since the 2001/02 season.
Posted: 8th October 2011
On Saturday, October 8th the Aviva Premiership will continue with a match between the Sale Sharks and the Gloucester Rugby in Stockport. The game will begin at 15:00 and right now in the Aviva Premiership table, the Sale Sharks are in fourth place. They have three wins out of five games played, and two losses. That gives them fifteen points, tied with the Exeter Chiefs. Gloucester Rugby is in fifth place, one slot below. They have also been able to win three games out of five, but they only earned thirteen points in those games.
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