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Sale Sharks mini revival, that saw them win back to back Aviva Premiership fixtures at home to the Newcastle Falcons and Wasps, came to an end last weekend at the Allianz Park against the reigning Champions Saracens. However, those two wins for the Sale Sharks, who host the Northampton Saints at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford on Friday Evening, have lifted them clear of the relegation zone, with which they were starting to flirt. The Sharks now have 29 points from their 16 Premiership fixtures, a dozen more than the bottom side Bristol, with just six regular season games remaining to be played.
The Saints beat Worcester Warriors on home soil last Saturday, after two defeats on the road in the Premiership, against Bath and the Newcastle Falcons. If they are to progress to the post=season play-offs, the Northampton Saints need to make up a nine point deficit on Bath who are currently in fourth position in the table. They may have to settle for targeting a top six finish in the standings, and a secure place in next season's Champions Cup. When the two clubs faced each other just before Christmas at Franklin's Gardens, the Saints were victorious by 24-5.
Posted: 10th January 2015
Sale Sharks take on the reigning Aviva Premiership champions, and current table topping Northampton Saints at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday. Following back to back Premiership defeats against the Leicester Tigers and Wasps, the Sharks are looking to avoid a third successive loss for the first time since December 2012. However, the Sale Sharks will be facing a team in fine form, who have won seven matches on the trot in all tournaments. The last time they tasted defeat was in Round 7 of the Premiership, when they were beaten at home by the Exeter Chiefs, who held on to defy a late Sainst rally, and secure a 24-18 victory. Saints have collected more points on the road than any other club in the Premiership this season, with 23 points to their credit, from a maximum 30.
Although they were beaten on their last trip to the AJ Bell last March, Northampton have two wins at the venue to their name. In November 2012 they won a Premiership fixture, and last season beat the home club in a Challenge Cup quarter final 28-14. The Sharks may have managed to cross their opponents line at least once in each of the 28 Premiership Rugby home games they have played at AJ Bell Stadium, they may need more than that to take the points at the weekend.
Posted: 22nd March 2014
The Sale Sharks have to make up a six point margin on fourth place Leicester Tigers with just six rounds of matches remaining, if they wish to make the Aviva Premiership, end of season play-offs. Their task isn't made any easier by the fact that their next fixture is against the table topping Northampton Saints, who have suffered just a single defeat in this season's tournament in their 16 matches so far played, at Kingsholm against Gloucester back in round 3, and are currently on a run that has seen them win the last 11 Premiership matches they have played, since their 19-all draw at Welford Road, against their East Midlands rivals, Leicester Tigers, in October. A Club record in the competition.
Sharks will have to buck a losing trend that they have against the Saints, with just a single success from the last 10 contests between the clubs in all competitions. A Premiership win in September 2011, at their old home of Edgeley Park, Stockport. Sharks only defeat in their last five Premiership matches, was against second place Saracens in round 14, while four of the last five matches that they have played in the tournament have been won by the side playing away from home on the day.
Posted: 30th November 2012
On Friday, the 30th of November, the Sale Sharks and the Northampton Saints play in Salford in the Aviva Premiership, starting at 19:45 local time. Right now, the Sale Sharks are the very last team on the points table. The Sharks have had a very poor season, and out of the nine games that they have played this season they have only been able to win a single game. They have a total of six points earned, which is still a long way from even moving them into the next spot, currently occupied by the London Irish with 15 points.
The Northampton Saints are doing better, in the fourth spot right now. They have six wins and a draw which should give them a higher spot than the Harlequins in first, with one six wins, but the Saints have only 27 points while the Harlequins have 29.
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