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La Rochelle 45-21 Sale: Sharks outclassed as hosts book place in the Champions Cup semi-finals

La Rochelle 45-21 Sale: Sharks outclassed as hosts run in six tries to book place in the Champions Cup semi-finals for the primary time

  • French facet La Rochelle ran in six tries in an emphatic victory on Saturday  
  • Wing Raymond Rhule and centre Geoffrey Doumayrou each scored a brace
  • Sale winger Byron McGuigan touched down for a late comfort strive 

What a distinction per week makes! Having blown aside the Scarlets with six tries final weekend to succeed in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals for the primary time in 15 years, Sale Sharks discovered themselves on the incorrect finish of a six-try hammering in La Rochelle.

Despite reaching half-time solely two factors in arrears, the Sharks, who got here into the sport boasting the most effective defensive file in the Premiership, leaked 4 extra tries as their desires of a primary semi-final in the highest tier of European competitors had been shattered.

Sale boss Alex Sanderson mentioned: ‘I thought we were at the races after an extremely competitive first half in which we gave them some relatively soft tries. But we weren’t in the second half.

La Rochelle claimed a place in the Champions Cup semi-finals for the primary time

‘We had parity in most of the collisions around the field, but it went wrong for us against their set-piece power. I knew the players would keep fighting and I was proud of their effort. It is a learning curve for us and you have to lose games like these before you can come back and win them. This is only the beginning for us and we will bounce back.’

Having labored their means again to inside two factors with an outstanding strive from centre Sam James on the stroke of half-time it regarded as although the Sharks would possibly nicely gone on and upset the chances.

Then two tries in the opening 12 minutes of the second half from wing Raymond Rhule tilted the sport firmly in favour of the house facet and two extra from centre Geoffrey Doumayrou put the French facet into closing 4.

Bryon McGuigan picked up a comfort rating for the guests on the finish.

La Rochelle's Dillyn Leyds sprinted clear after taking the ball off the toes of Faf de Klerk

La Rochelle’s Dillyn Leyds sprinted clear after taking the ball off the toes of Faf de Klerk

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