It’s been a busy weekend of International rugby across both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, below salesharks.com have taken a look at the key moments for Sale supporters from this weekend’s action.
De Klerk and De Jager share Rugby Championship success.
Sale Sharks livewire scrum-half Faf De Klerk continues to leave his mark on the international stage whenever he is given the opportunity. The 26-year-old claimed the first Rugby Championship of his career after starring for the ‘Boks’ in their final fixture vs Argentina.
South Africa faced the ‘Puma’s’ on Saturday in their final Rugby Championship fixture, beating the hosts 46-13 in Salta to win the trophy for the first time since in ten years. The Springboks last Rugby Championship win was in 2009 when the competition was known as the ‘Tri Nations’.
Interestingly, no team has ever won the Rugby Championship and World Cup in the same year, could this season be South Africa’s chance to break this long standing omen?
O’Connor flourishes for the Wallabies.
Former Shark James O’Connor made his first start for Australia against the All Blacks on Saturday. The 29-year-old utility back started at outside centre for the Wallabies and certainly did not disappoint, O’Connor set up two tries during the game and showed the strength and dominance in defence that Sale fans had become accustom to over the past two years.
It was a special night in Perth as the Wallabies produced one of their best displays in recent years to defeat New Zealand 47-26 in the first of two Bledisloe Cup tests, their highest ever winning margin against New Zealand.
Curry Injury spoils celebrations for Sale supporters.
An experimental England side convincingly beat Wales by 14 points in their first World Cup warm up game at Twickenham on Saturday. The win, however, will be bitter-sweet for Sharks supporters, as Tom Curry was forced off the field through injury in the first half.
England did not disappoint in Tom’s absence in what was an extremely entertaining game with Eddie Jones’ side beating an experienced Wales outfit 33-19. We are yet to find out the extent of Tom’s injury, but everyone at Sale wishes him well in recovery ahead of the World Cup.
AJ and the USA fall short in Japan
AJ MacGinty and the USA suffered a 34-20 defeat to Japan in the Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday. Sharks fly-half MacGinty went off shortly before half time with ankle trouble, however the issue does not seem to be too serious and is likely a precautionary measure ahead of the World Cup next month.
The result leaves Japan top of the Pacific Nations Cup table with 15 points, the USA are in joint second place, tied with Fiji on 9 points.
Mike Haley Makes his Ireland debut
A deserved mention to former Shark and now Munster man Mike Haley who made his Ireland debut at the Aviva Stadium over the weekend. The full-back left Sale for Limerick at the end of the 17-18 season in the hope of fulfilling his international ambitions with Ireland, and it seems that the move has paid off as Mike played a big part in a solid Irish performance against Italy and is well in contention of a spot in their World Cup Squad.
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) 10 August 2019