Match Report: Sale Sharks 23-24 Bristol Rugby – Varndell equals try-scoring record

  • Tom Varndell became the Premiership’s joint top try scorer of all time as Bristol overcame Sale
  • a penalty try and a Denny Solomona score helped put Sale 15-10 up at the break
  • However, tries from Rhodri Williams and Max Crumpton won it for Bristol
Winger Tom Varndell became the Aviva Premiership’s all-time joint top try scorer to help bottom side Bristol overcome Sale for a second straight league win. 

Varndell equalled Mark Cueto’s record of 90 tries to edge Bristol back into the contest at half-time, after a penalty try and a Denny Solomona score helped put Sale 15-10 up at the break.

A James Mitchell penalty and Johnny Leota’s try extended Sale’s lead in the second-half.

However, converted tries from Rhodri Williams and Max Crumpton won it for Bristol.

LINE UPS

Sale Sharks: 15 Mike Haley, 14 Denny Solomona, 13 Johnny Leota, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Josh Charnley, 10 Sam James, 9 James Mitchell, 8 Josh Beaumont (c), 7 Magnus Lund, 6 Cameron Neild, 5 Andrei Ostrikov, 4 Jonathan Mills, 3 Halani Aulika, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Ross Harrison
Replacements: 16 Neil Briggs, 17 James Flynn, 18 Kieran Longbottom, 19 Ben Curry, 20 TJ Ioane, 21 Mike Phillips, 22 AJ MacGinty, 23 Byron McGuigan
Bristol: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Jack Wallace, 13 Thretton Palamo 12 Will Hurrell, 11 Tom Varndell, 10 Billy Searle, 9 Will Cliff,
8 Mitch Eadie, 7 Olly Robinson (c), 6 Nick Fenton-Wells, 5 Ben Glynn, 4 Dan Tuohy, 3 Gaston Cortes, 2 Rob Hawkins, 1 Ryan Bevington
Replacements: 16 Max Crumpton, 17 Kyle Traynor, 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 19 James Phillips, 20 Mark Sorenson, 21 Rhodri Williams, 22 Adrian Jarvis, 23 Luke Arscott.
Date: Sunday, January 1
Venue: AJ Bell Stadium
Time: 14:30 Local
Referee: Ian Tempest
Assistant Referees: Wayne Falla, Andrew Jackson
TMO: Keith Lewis
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