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View from the armchair: Stade Rochelais 24 Sale 20
A partial relief—end of the road—what if?—move on.
View from the south stand: Sale 28 Harlequins 17
Truisms—Expectations—A familiar start—A battle won—Indiscipline—Refs and TMOs—Improvements—Future needs
View from the south stand: Sale 20 Connacht 10
A welcome return—A mojo regained—An oddity—Prime position—The future—Heavyweight—Problems remain—Questions
View from the armchair: Newcastle 22 Sale 17
The bitty nature of the season continues, as we come to the end of a short set of GP games before heading off to Europe for a week, then popping back here for a bit and then back to Europe... It's hard to keep up at times. Anyway, Sale were off to St James's PArk for "The Big One" and it was on the telly.
View from the south stand: Sale 32 Leicester 5
Q&A—Miserable weather—Hopes and fears—Miserable start—A turn-around—Taking control—A satifying end—Prospects and pitfalls
View from the south stand: Sale 14 Exeter 20
Noises off—Portents, Omens, Premonitions—A promising start—Same old, same old—Back into it—Hopes squashed—A nasty collision—Disappointment
Gosh, it's a long time between home games
The problem with having to produce copy on timescale shorter than that between home games is that I end up publishing a bit of old drivel just to fill a gap.
View from the south stand: Sale 12 Newcastle 28
Questions—A consequence of axial tilt—Doing it right—More questions—A mismatch—A welcome return—A sad departure?
View from the south stand: Sale 39 USAP 10
Crimes against music—the bare facts—motivation against the mediocre—comparison with recent matches—realising potential—late season peculiarity
View from the south stand: Sale 24 Saracens 18
Christmas presents—a week to remember—hopes & fears—an all-too-familiar start—a rapid response—belief—just rewards—a positive future.