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View from the Birtles: Sale Sharks v Saracens (F)

I’m planning on going to some women’s matches this season, if they’re at home on a free weekend, so I thought I might as well do some reports as well.

I say reports – it’s going to take me a while to get to recognise players, so early efforts may be a bit sketchy. Alternatively, I may make them primarily photo essays, like this one.

Anyway, start as you mean to go on, so I popped down to Heywood Road to watch the pre-season friendly match against Saracens.

First half, Sale were… not good. They were bullied in the pack and made too, too many basic errors. The kicking was uninspiring, too, with many kicks flubbling along a low trajectory like an arthritic pigeon.

We got a massive improvement in the second half, though. The pack started doing a bit of pushing around itself, the kicking was much crisper and the overall play was much more promising.

Sarries won by loads to a few*, but this was just a pre-season game, so it’s not worth reading too much into it. I’ll reserve judgement until after the opening game against Worcester on the 4th September.

Meanwhile, here are some pictures.

* 12-50, apparently…