SALES BEAT HARLEQUINS

Sale Rugby Union team won 21-17 over Harlequins thanks to an impressive second-half performance from Kyle Tonetti. George Lowe put Quins ahead inside five minutes before Nick Evans converted.

Nick Macleod’s two penalties put Sale within a point but a penalty and converted Jordan Turner-Hall try gave Quins an 11-point half-time lead. Tomas Vallejos Cinalli’s sin-binning with 10 minutes left led to Mark Cueto’s try, followed by Tonetti’s score and five points from Macleod.

Harlequins pursuit of a first win got off to a dream start when Turner-Hall’s fine offload found Lowe for the opening score and Evans converted from the touchline.

SALE SECURE WIN

Sale secured a win over Newcastle by defeating them 35-18. After an early penalty exchange Falcons flanker Brent Wilson scored from a forwards move off a five-metre scrum.

Karena Whihongi hit back for Sale before Macleod’s kick was gathered by Tom Brady to cross in the corner.

After the break Macleod added more points with the boot before Chris Leck’s sin-binning let Wilson in again.

Sale started much the brighter and had points on the board through Macleod’s boot after just 90 seconds as referee Dean Richards proved a harsh judge of any handling on the ground.

The hosts were penalised for the same offence shortly after, Falcons fly-half Jeremy Manning equalling the score.

Wales under-21 international Macleod added six more points with his boot as Newcastle began to struggle with Sale’s quick phases.

But it was the visitors who claimed the first try as Wilson went over from a move off a five-metre scrum, Manning slotting a fine touchline conversion to put Newcastle in front for the first time at 10-9.

Sale pressed with Dwayne Peel’s rapid passes picking out thundering runs by Wihongi and Andrew Sheridan. And it was debutant Wihongi who emerged with the ball from under a pile of bodies for their opening score.

SALE LOOK FOR MAJOR GAME

Sale owner Brian Kennedy has revealed the club are looking to emulate Harlequins and Saracens’ success by moving a showpiece home fixture to a ‘major’ ground in the North West, following the international game’s lead – England Rugby Hospitality made thousands from a recent showpiece match.

And the multi-millionaire Cheshire businessman has also confirmed that, for now, Sale will be sticking with Friday nights when they stage their home fixtures at Edegely Park next season.

Both Harlequins, who hosted a Boxing Day derby with Wasps at Twickenham and Saracens, who chose to switch four league games from Vicarage Road to Wembley, saw the ploy pay off in a lucrative way with bumper crowds being attracted to both venues.

Now, as part of wide-ranging open letter to to Sale’s supporters, Kennedy has revealed that in spite of logistical problems, the club are still working on staging their own high-profile fixture away from their regular Stockport stamping ground somewhere in the region next season.

“We have seriously investigated the possibility of a Big Game (Northern Edition) for Sharks here in the North West,” said Kennedy. “However, all of the major stadia in the region are owned by Premiership football clubs and already heavily used by those clubs.

“Unfortunately, we just don’t have the straight forward option available to our London rivals such as Twickenham which is available for much of the year to host rugby events.