What a game. What. A. Game. If there was ever a game to bring the Sale Sharks fans disillusioned with the club since the move to the AJ Bell, back to attending Sale matches this was it. Sale-Munster had it all; fantastic attacking rugby, massive goal-line defence, tension, excitement, drama and a last second Ian Keetley drop goal to cruelly deny Sale a well-deserved win.
Was this the same Sale team that got dismantled by Northampton last weekend? It certainly did not look like it starting with:
All-in-all, today almost feels like a victory for Sale given the impressive manner in which they nearly snatched victory from a powerhouse of European rugby. Munster could have easily have rolled into the AJ Bell and demolished Sale the way Saracens and Northampton have done over the past month and not many of the rugby community would have batted an eye. Instead Sale gave Munster a much tougher game than they would have anticipated, coming close to an improbable victory and showing drastic improvement in the scrum and lineout that will bode well for future games later in the season. Take solace Sale fans.