Sale Sharks vs Harlequins 22/23 Report – 23rd October 2022

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Sun 23 Oct 3:00pm Salford City Stadium Attendance: 7484

Sale Sharks vs Harlequins

#YourSharks end their run of unbeaten games after falling to defeat at the hands of Harlequins in round 7 of the Gallagher Premiership.

After a stand out performance from England Fly-half Marcus Smith who converted his own try for the second of his side’s two first-half scores, Sale were unable to find an answer as the clock closed in.

The Sharks briefly led the match when Sam James’ try was followed by two Rob du Preez kicks, but having led 17-10 at the break, Quins then outkicked Sale to take the victory.

The Sharks hopes of starting the season with a sixth straight Premiership win were ended by a dominant performance backed up by Smith’s boot, as he kicked four second-half penalties to just one more from du Preez, as Quins earned only their third win of the campaign.

Danny Care lofted a clever kick to the right corner into space and, although Nick David was brought down short of the line as he collected, the former Worcester winger had the momentum to roll his way over.

After Smith converted from the right touchline, centre James then responded well with Sale’s try just five minutes later, going in under the posts after full-back Joe Carpenter’s retaliatory kick chase down the right.

Du Preez added the equalising conversion and a penalty for a brief 10-7 lead. But that lasted just three minutes before Smith’s boot levelled it up again.

And Quins went in 17-10 ahead after they cashed in on late first-half pressure to score again through Smith, who took Care’s pass to dart in close to the posts.

From then on, with Quins the better side – and Smith marshalling his troops well – it was just a case of what the winning score would be.

And Smith’s haul of 12 points in each half matched his Premiership best as he helped elevate his team to fifth in the table.

Sale: Carpenter; Roebuck, S James, Tuilagi, O’Flaherty; R du Preez, Quirke; Rodd, Ashman, Schonert, Wiese, J Hill, Ross, T Curry, D du Preez.

Replacements: Taylor, McIntyre, Harper, Beaumont, du Preez, Warr, S Hill, Reed.

Harlequins: Allan; David, Marchant, Esterhuizen, Murley; M Smith, Care, Marler, Musk, Louw, Lamb, Herbst, Kenningham, Evans, White.

Replacements: Riley, Garcia Botta, Kerrod, Hammond, Jurevicius, Gjaltema, Edwards, Anyanwu.

Referee: Christophe Ridley (RFU)

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