15. Charlie Ingall, 14. John O'Donnell, 13. Sam James, 12. Mark Jennings, 11. Phil Mackenzie, 10. Tom Morton, 9. James Mitchell, 1. James Flynn, 2. Cameron Neild, 3. Ciaran Parker, 4. Lukas Zeigenbalg, 5. Tom Sanders, 6. Matt Postlethwaite, 7. Andy Hughes (capt.), 8. Viliami Fihaki.
Replacements: 16. Phil Mills, 17. Max Cobilas, 18. Diogo Ferreira, 19. Nick Gray, 20. Nyle Davidson, 21. Alex Mitchell, 22. Mark Lawrence, 23. Elliot Fletcher
Artemyev (capt.), Keller, Kolomiitchev, Makovetskiy, Galinovsky, Ryabov, Dorofeev, G Tsnobiladze, V Tsnobiladze, Fukofuka, Mataele, Garbuzov, Arkhip, Gresev, Prepelitse
Krasny Yar claimed a narrow 19-17 victory over Sale Sharks U23s on Monday at Heywood Road in a truly entertaining, physical game.
Krasny Yar were finishing their pre-season tour of England by playing the Sharks, and were determined to finish with a victory having beaten Worcester, and narrowly losing to Harlequins & Bristol.
Our opponents got the better of the starts, and after a few soft penalties being given away by the hosts in the early exchanges, Krasny Yar got the first try of the game thanks to Igor Galinovskiy. Igor Ryabov converted to make it 0-7 after 9 minutes.
The Sharks fought back straight away though, and put some good phases together with James Mitchell & Tom Morton pulling the strings. However, Krasny Yar defended well and kept them out.
Mark Jennings made a stereotypical strong carry into the defensive line, with a collision that could be heard in the stands! He was held but carried on moving and referee Andrew Jackson pinged him. The Sharks were then penalized a further three times in quick succession deep within their own half. Was there to be a yellow card? Not this time, as the Sharks defended superbly and gained the penalty as Krasny went off their feet & Tom Morton cleared.
It was a hugely physical encounter with huge hits going in everywhere, and it bottled over after 30 minutes, when a few 'handbags' were being thrown by both sides. The referee consulted with his touch judge and gave the penalty to Sale, and both captains were warned. This seemed to give the Sharks a bit of momentum heading into the final exchanges of the first half as they looked for a try.
Following a huge hit by Viliami Fihaki, Krasny were penalised for being offside from a knock on, and captain Andy Hughes elected to go for the corner. The Sharks had a 5m lineout, and Krasny gave away a penalty from the lineout so Hughes went for the corner again. The Russian side gave away another penalty, and this time Andrew Jackson sent Grigory Tsnobiladze to the sin bin. The Sharks took advantage of them being a man down, and James Flynn crashed over from the lineout. Tom Morton missed the conversion, to leave it 5-7 heading into half time.
The second half began, and it was the Sharks who started the better of the two sides as they scored a try immediately! James Mitchell took a quick penalty, and it was worked out to the right wing where replacement Elliot Fletcher sped his way over the whitewash. Morton missed the conversion again, and this made the scores 10-7 after 42 minutes.
Krasny Yar had a great chance to gain the initative back, however they messed up an over lap on the right wing and knocked on.
They didn't have to wait for too long though, as after 51 minutes, Sergei Bazhenov scored following a driving maul. The conversion was missed which made it 10-12.
Krasny Yar then scored the try of the game from kick off, from Evegnii Kolomiitcev. The move started deep within their own half, and through excellent passing, great handling & superb lines being ran, the outside centre scored under the sticks. Ryabov scored the conversion to make it 10-19 after 55 minutes.
After 63 minutes, Phil Mackenzie made a great break off his wing to attack into Krasny's half and from this the Sharks gained a penalty. They opted for a 5m lineout, but the throw wasn't straight.
Mark Jennings thought he had scored a try after 68 minutes, but he was pinged again by the referee as the Sharks tried desperately to fight back and get the next score of the game.
That they did after 70 minutes, thanks to a try from Sam James. Tom Morton passed inside to full back Charlie Ingall, who made a break and James was on his shoulder and scored under the posts. Morton converted to make it 17-19 heading in to the final 10 minutes.
Both sides tried to get the next score of the game, however they defended well and kept them out and the final whistle went and it finished up with Krasny Yar claiming a 19-17 victory over the Sharks.