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A youthful and rotated Sale squad began their 2015/16 Challenge Cup campaign with a dud on Sunday, being comprehensively outplayed by their hosts Newport Gwent Dragons in a 30-12 defeat. Despite Sale holding substantial advantages in possession and territory, Dragons' clinical execution and late-game tactics smothered any hopes of a rare away victory for the Sharks who left Rodney Parade with zero points to Newport's five despite tries from James Mitchell and Jonathan Mills.
Indeed much will be made of Steve Diamond's decision to makes 13 changes to the side that narrowly lost out to Harlequins a week last Friday, and one wonders how a resounding defeat of this nature will impact Sale's lineup for their fixture against Pau on Saturday.
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