Schmidt sees something to get teeth into at Sale

Sale Sharks 10 Leinster 10

Leinster recovered from last week’s hefty defeat to pick up a draw against Sale in the first game at the Salford City Stadium in Manchester.

A try each in the second-half ensured a share of the spoils, but Joe Schmidt will be a lot happier with this week’s outing, with Andrew Conway’s try ensuring a happy camp for the week.

With Scarlets waiting in the wings in Leinster’s opening RaboDirect Pro12 clash next weekend, Leinster needed to put in a positive showing, but a powerful opening from the home side gave them the upper hand in the opening exchanges and a 3-0 lead thanks to Danny Cipriani’s penalty.

However, Noel Reid drew Leinster level with a kick of his own and, three minutes after the restart, Conway touched down for a try that Ian Madigan converted.

But 16 minutes from time the home side drew level when Rob Miller broke through the Leinster line and Nick MacLeod converted.

Scorers for Sale: Try: R Miller. Pen: D Cipriani. Con: N MacLeod.

Scorers for Leinster: Try: A Conway. Pen: N Reid. Con: I Madigan.

SALE SHARKS: R Miller; C Amesbury, C Uys, J Leota, M Cueto; D Cipriani, D Peel; E Lewis-Roberts, M Jones, V Cobilas; F McKenzie, R Gray; M Easter, D Seymour, A Powell.

Reps: J Ward, T Buckley, A Croall, K Myall, R Vernon, T Holmes, W Cliff, N Macleod, S Tuitupou, W Addison, C Ingall

LEINSTER:I Nacewa (A Conway 60), A Conway (D Hudson 48), B Macken (J Coghlan 50), N Reid (C O’Shea 42), F Carr, I Madigan, I Boss (Capt) (J Cooney 64); H van der Merwe (J McGrath 59), R Strauss (A Dundon 59), J Hagan (M Moore 48), T Denton (L Cullen 39), D Toner, D Ryan (J O’Connell 59), J Murphy (B Marshall 43), L Auva’a (J Murphy 50).

Referee: Dave Pearson (RFU).


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