Rampant Sale hammer Scarlets to attain first Champions Cup quarter-final since 2006

Rampant Sale hammer Scarlets to attain first Champions Cup quarter-final since 2006
South Africa scrum-half Faf de Klerk controlled the game for Sale
South Africa scrum-half of Faf de Klerk managed the recreation for Sale
Scarlets (0) 14
Tries: Owens, Morgan Cons: Halfpenny 2
Sale (23) 57
Tries: A van der Merwe 2, MacGinty, Yarde, Beaumont, Quirke Cons: MacGinty 6 Pens: MacGinty 5

Sale booked a Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final commute to face La Rochelle with a thumping victory against a woeful Scarlets aspect.

Two tries from hooker Akker van der Merwe and AJ MacGinty’s boot built up a 23-level first-half of lead.

MacGinty scored a second-half of strive to make with a list 32-level haul, with extra tries from Marland Yarde, Josh Beaumont and Raffi Quirke.

Scarlets might per chance well per chance easiest answer with tries from Ken Owens and Jac Morgan.

Sale booked their first Champions Cup quarter-final since 2006 – when the tournament became as soon as identified correct as the Heineken Cup – as they ensured there had been two English facets within the final eight by becoming a member of Exeter.

Irish province Leinster and five French clubs facets – La Rochelle, Toulouse, Clermont, Racing 92 and Bordeaux Begles – full the dual carriageway-up next weekend.

La Rochelle v Sale Sharks
Clermont Auvergne v Toulouse
Bordeaux-Begles v Racing 92
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster
All kick-off times and dates are to be confirmed

Sale are well-positioned in third within the Premiership but had licensed for the Champions Cup final 16 no topic getting no longer received a recreation, with pool defeats against Toulon and Edinburgh.

South Africa World Cup-successful scrum-half of Faf de Klerk and England flanker Tom Curry proved influential within the victory, which became as soon as executed with out lacking Springbok second row Lood de Jager.

The Scarlets’ defeat executed a disastrous weekend for the four Welsh areas, and not using a aspect reaching the quarter-finals of either European tournament.

Dragons, Cardiff Blues and Ospreys lost within the European Wretchedness Cup with the quartet of defeats coming against English membership facets.

The diversified Welsh losses had been close affairs. This became as soon as one thing but as Scarlets had been humbled and humiliated at their floor, the Welsh aspect convincingly shedding the physical and breakdown battles.

The drubbing came about no topic Scarlets having Wales’ Six Nations-successful avid gamers – Owens, Johnny Williams, Liam Williams, Leigh Halfpenny, Gareth Davies, Wyn Jones and Jake Ball – aid within the starting aspect.

Sale's Tom Curry is tackled by Liam Williams of Scarlets
Sale’s Tom Curry – here being tackled by Liam Williams of Scarlets – became as soon as hugely influential for the company

Scarlets situation out their stall with a stuttering originate courtesy of a knock-on from the kick-off from Sione Kalamafoni and a scrum penalty conceded by Wyn Jones, allowing MacGinty to originate the scoring.

Scarlets’ line-out then malfunctioned, with the throw going excessive and Sale hooker Van der Merwe powering by an attempted Gareth Davies sort out and diving over. MacGinty reworked earlier than slotting over a second penalty.

Sale had been denied a second strive after centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg did now not floor the ball, but it easiest delayed the inevitable when Van der Merwe became as soon as pushed over for his second.

Unnerved Scarlets lost Wales centre Johnny Williams to a shoulder wretchedness, though he became as soon as replaced by British and Irish Lion Jonathan Davies.

MacGinty’s third penalty prolonged the lead as Sale endured to outmuscle and practically bully their opponents, taking a 23-0 interval lead.

The Scarlets nightmare endured after the damage when a loose mosey from Dan Jones became as soon as capitalised on by opposite quantity MacGinty, who dribbled over to attain.

Scarlets in some plot spoke back with an Owens strive from a using line-out with Halfpenny converting, but it easiest swiftly halted the Sale procession.

England hover Yarde dived over after a flowing mosey, earlier than the immediate MacGinty situation up captain Beaumont for the fifth strive. MacGinty reworked earlier than slotting over two penalties.

Flanker Morgan gained a gradual consolation Scarlets rep earlier than substitute Sale scrum-half of Quirke, 19, sprinted over for his first ever strive for the Sharks.

Fittingly, MacGinty reworked to full a finest list of 11 winning kicks.

Scarlets: Halfpenny; L Williams, Hughes, J Williams, McNicholl; D Jones, G Davies; W Jones, Owens (capt), Scholtz, Ball, Lousi, Shingler, J Morgan, Kalamafoni.

Replacements: Elias, S Thomas, Sebastian, Rawlins, Thomson, Blacker, Costelow, J Davies.

Sale: Hammersley; McGuigan, S James, Janse van Rensburg, Yarde; AJ MacGinty, De Klerk; Rodd, Van der Merwe, John, Wiese, Beaumont (capt), JL du Preez, T Curry, D du Preez.

Replacements: Langdon, Harrison, Oosthuizen, Phillips, Neild, Quirke, R du Preez, L James.

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)

Assistants: Dan Jones (Wales), Mike English (Wales).

TMO: Philippe Bonhoure (France).

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