Sale Sharks v Munster Live

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Sale Sharks                          Munster
Saturday 18th October 12:00 GMT


Sale Sharks may considered as the rank outsiders in Pool 1 of the European Rugby Champions Cup, which might appear at first glance to be doing a dis-service to a side that qualified for the tournament via a top six finish in last season's Aviva Premiership. However, it is the quality of the opposition that they will face in the Pool, rather any of their own shortcomings, that leads to that rating of their chances of success in the Pool stage.

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They begin their campaign on Saturday at the AJ Bell Stadium with a match against twice European champions, Munster from Ireland. While the group is completed by last season's Heineken Cup runner-up Saracens, and semi-finalists in last season's Heineken Cup, Clermont Auvergne of the French Top 14 competition.

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The Sharks were quarter-finalists in last season's Challenge Cup, where they were beaten by the eventual winners, and Premiership Champions, Northampton Saints, who had parachuted into the tournament from the Heineken Cup. After a difficult start to the season, including a defeat at Thomond Park to Edinburgh, in the Guinness PRO12, Munster have started to find more of their usual form, and have risen to fourth position in their "domestic" table. While the Sale Sharks have won just two of their first six Premiership fixtures, and are currently in tenth position.

Tags: European Rugby Champions Cup, AJ Bell Stadium, Munster, Sale Sharks
Posted: 18th October 2014

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