The game got underway and there were some huge hits in the defence by the Sharks forwards, and they were putting pressure on the Fylde line, but some great goal-line defence, Fylde managed to see off the threat early on. In the 8th minute Tom Arscott; one of the players making their debut for the club in the match, almost scored a try after making a break on the left wing but was tackled near the line and the move stopped. From resulting play, Sale were putting pressure on the try-line through a dominant pack and mauling the ball, but Fylde managed to keep them out.
This was until the 12th minute when Jonathon Mills scored a try on his debut after a huge driving maul from the forwards. Joe Ford converted to make the score 7-0. From the resulting kick off, Fylde applied pressure on to Sale this time, playing quick offloading rugby, but good defence from Tom Holmes and Phil McKenzie held the Fylde attack up and Sharks got the scrum.
It was a good first workout for the Sharks, as they were made to fight for everything and more good hits were coming in from Holmes and Tommy Taylor. Sale were applying more pressure to the Fylde try-line but couldn't finish it off. And in the 28th minute, they almost went over again after another driving maul but they couldn't ground it and it was held up. In the final few moments of the half, Josh Beaumont got a turnover after a Fylde attack and Sale broke on the left. Joe Ford kicked the ball into open space and Charlie Ingall and Tom Arscott chased down the ball but Arscott couldn't touch the ball down before Olly Viney, the Fylde full-back. At half-time the scores were 7-0.
The Sharks, who had been training at Rossall School this week, made eleven changes at half time and it didn't take the side to make an impact on the scoreboard as Tom Arscott increased the lead after Danny Cipriani made a break and offloaded it to the full-back. Cipriani missed the conversion to make it 12-0.
There was a rather comical moment on the 45th minute as James Gaskell offloaded to Henry Thomas who kicked the ball down the right flank and chased after it but the Fylde defence covered it. Oli Brennand intercepted a poor pass shortly afterwards and ran in a try for Fylde which Chris Johnson converted to make the score 12-7.
This seemed to have fired Sale up and Sam Bedlow scored after a quick tap penalty by Will Cliff. Cipriani's conversion attempt was wide of the target as Sharks led 17-7 on the hour. This seemed to give the Sharks some good momentum as Marc Jones drove for the line but was held up. It wasn't long until they went further ahead when Cipriani put Andy Forsyth clear, who raced forward and put Sam James in for a try on 66 minutes. Cipriani converted and Sharks led 24-7. Charlie Ingall increased the lead with a self-made try on 76 minutes. He picked up a loose ball on half way and backed himself to race in for a try. Danny Cipriani improved the try to give Sharks a 31-7 lead. The Fylde defence were tiring now and Tom Arscott finished the scoring when Sharks had a massive advantage on the right flank. Cipriani missed the conversation as the final whistle went and the final score was 36-7 to the Sharks.