Sharks took to the field having won only one of the last eight games against their hosts, that being 2 years ago and coincided with Steve Diamond's return to the club.
Saracens are on the top of their form at the moment before this game having lost only one of their last eight games in the Aviva Premiership, that being away to Worcester on 23rd November when they lost 3-12.
The game was Saracens 159th and last premiership game at Vicarage Road. They have an impressive record of winning 112 (70%). They move to Barnet later this month to a purpose built stadium.
Mark Cueto took to the field hoping to grab the one try he needs to become the all time try scoring record holder in the premiership, having scored on his debut at Bristol in 2001.
Former Shark Charlie Hodgson topped the Saracens points scoring list this season with 136 in the Premiership and has an 80% kicking success. Danny Cipriani with his 18 points last Friday against Worcester improved his kicking percentage to 77%.
Sharks started the brighter and went into a 6-0 lead with two penalties from Danny Cipriani who has now kicked his last 9 kicks at goal.
Sale started to concede penalties as referee Wigglesworth seemed to go on a 'ping fest' and Owen Farrell kicked five paenalties. Indeed referee Wigglesworth spoke to Tuitupou about Sharks discipline and threatened a yellow card if it continued.
Sharks lost Andy Powell on 20 minutes and he was replaced by new signing Daniel Braid who was soon in the thick of the action tackling and organising the troops. Powell has a suspected broken hand
Sharks were far from outplayed by the home side and looked dangerous as they moved forward.
Half Time Saracens 15 Sale Sharks 6
Sharks came out firing hoping to claw their way back into the game and Danny Cipriani reduced the arrears to 15-9 on 50 minutes, unfortunately the hosts moved nine points ahead again.
Sharks started to make their substitutions with Eifion Lewis Roberts and Alasdair Dickinson on for Ross Harrison and Tony Buckley. Cameron Shepherd replaced Tom Brady after the youngster had made a couple of handling errors in quick succession.
On the hour Sharks had their best chance of the game with an overlap but Kearnan Myall's pass to Cueto went straight into touch.
On 62 minutes Cipriani kicked his 4th penalty to reduce the arrears but it was short lived as David Strettle went in for a Saracens try on 62 minutes. Farrell converted. 25-12
On 70 minutes former Sale Sharks legend Charlie Hodgson latched on to a David Strettle grubber kick to score for Saracens between the posts. Farrell converted and built the lead to 32-12.
Sale Sharks: 15 Rob Miller, 14 Tom Brady (off 57mins), 13 Johnny Leota, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Mark Cueto, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Dwayne Peel (off 68mins), 1 Ross Harrison (off 56mins), 2 Marc Jones, 3 Tony Buckley (off 57mins), 4 Richie Gray (off 76mins), 5 Kearnan Myall, 6 James Gaskell, 7 Richie Vernon, 8 Andy Powell (off 21mins)
Replacements: 16 Aston Croall, 17 Alasdair Dickinson (on Harrison 56mins), 18 Eifion Lewis Roberts (on Buckley 57mins), 19 Tom Holmes (on Gray 76mins), 20 Daniel Braid (on Powell 21mins), 21 Will Cliff (on Peel 68mins), 22 Charlie Amesbury, 23 Cameron Shepherd (on Brady 57mins)
Score Sequence (Saracens First): 0-3, 0-6, 3-6, 6-6, 9-6, 12-6, 15-6 (Half Time) 15-9, 18-9, 18-12, 23-12, 25-12, 30-12, 32-12 (Full Time)
|Saracens Score Card|
|Sale Sharks Score Card|