Back after injury was Mark Easter who has had a long road back following his shoulder injury at London Irish last November. Danny Cipriani started his first game for the club since the LV Cup Final in March.
The game flared up early on when Marc Jones and Calum Green traded punches and Andrei Ostrikov became involved too. Ostrikov was given a yellow card by referee Greg Garner for his part in the fracas.
The game was full of ferocious tackling and commitment and Leeds Carnegie were trying to press home their one man advantage. Hughes has an opportunity to open the scoring for the visitors on 11 minutes but his penalty sailed wide of the posts.
Tom Arscott opened the scoring after a lovely flowing backs move started by Cipriani after 14 minutes. The try was Tom's third in two games after his double at Fylde. Arscott converted 7-0.
Sharks attacks were subdued somewaht due to the tenacity of the Leeds defence but on the half hour both Tom Brady and Danny Cipriani had chances to score. Cipriani was held up over the line and the Sharks opted for the penalty wide right. Cipriani kicked for the line out which Sharks won and Mark Easter crashed over for a try. Arscott missed the conversion but Sharks were building a healthy lead at 12-0 which they held till the interval
HT Sale Sharks 12 Leeds Carnegie 0
Leeds put the first points on the board in the second half with a Hughes penalty 30 metres out. Ten minutes into the second half Sharks introduced three substitutes in Henry Thomas, Michael Paterson and Tommy Taylor. Sharks increased their lead shortly afterwards when Cueto put Forsyth in for a great try at the clubhouse end of the ground. Arscott converted 19-3. Leeds were also down to 14 men as the touch judge reported that Carnegie Lock Green had started a fight with Mills and received a yellow card for his troubles.
Sharks then brought on more replacements in Kulemin, Peel and Macleod who replaced Ostrikov, Cliff and Cipriani. A promising move started by Cueto who ran through the Leeds defence failed at the final moment when the pass to Gaskell was unreachable.
David Seymour was next off the bench when he replaced James Gaskell which prompted Sharks to reshuffle at 6,7 & 8.
Sale increased their lead on 64 minutes when referee Garner awarded a penalty try after Leeds infringed on their own line, Arscott converted and Sharks led 26-3.
Josh Beaumont, Sammy Tuitupou and Aston Croall were introduced into the action with 15 minutes to go replacing Ross Harrison, Dan Braid and Jonny Leota.
Mark Cueto increased the lead on 71 minutes but there was concern for Sharks as Dwayne Peel was injured in the build up to the try and has helped off with a facial injury. Nick Macleod missed the conversion attempt 31-3.
Sammy Tuitupou was next to score on 75 minutes when he bulldozed through the Carnegie defence to touch down to the delight of the home fans. Nick Macleod converted, 38-3.
Sam James and Joe Ford were the last replacements to be used when they replaced Forsyth and Arscott.
Final Score Sale Sharks 38 Leeds Carnegie 3
Tom Arscott (off 78mins), Tom Brady, Andy Forsyth, Johnny Leota (off 66mins), Mark Cueto, Danny Cipriani (off 58mins), Will Cliff (off 58-71mins), Ross Harrison (off 66mins), Marc Jones (off 50mins), Vadim Cobilas (off 50mins), Jonathan Mills, Andrei Ostrikov (off 58mins), Mark Easter (off 50mins), Dan Braid (off 65mins), James Gaskell (off 67mins)
Replacements Tommy Taylor (on for Jones 50min), Aston Croall (on for Harrison 66mins), Henry Thomas (on for Cobilas 50mins), Kirill Kulemin (on for Ostikov 58mins), Michael Paterson (on for Easter 50mins), Dwayne Peel (on for Cliff 58-71 mins), David Seymour (on for Gaskell 62mins), Nick Macleod (on for Cipriani 58mins), Joe Ford (on for Arscott 78mins), Josh Beaumont (on for Braid 65mins), Sam Tuitupou (on for Leota 66mins) , Sam James (on for Forsyth 76mins)
Scoring Sequence (Sale first): 5-0, 7-0, 12-0 (Half Time) 12-3, 17-3, 19-3, 24-3, 26-3, 31-3, 36-3, 38-3 (Full Time)