Sanderson greets ‘excellent’ Rodd after dominant sales win over Ospreys | Championship Cup

It was the kind of individual genius that the great Dan Carter could have achieved in his all-conquering prime. But Bevan Rodd, the loosehead prop from Sale Sharks?

When Rodd, who will join the England squad on Monday in Brighton for a five-day training camp as they begin preparations for the Six Nations, collected a pass from Ben Curry in his own half in the 28th minute, a standard contact was beckoned.

Instead, the 21-year-old showed a remarkable pace to charge across the halfway line, past a group of lead-footed Ospreys defenders, before finding Arron Reed with a brilliant long pass. Reed ran down the left wing to score, but Rodd’s role in the winger’s attempt was unmistakable.

‘Bevan has it all, doesn’t it? It’s that kind of play that sets him apart from the other looseheads – it was excellent,” Sale’s rugby director Alex Sanderson said of a player who bowed his England in the fall.

The two other Sale players on Jones’ 36-man Six Nations squad – scrum half Raffi Quirke and openside flanker Tom Curry – were also notable contributors, the latter off the bench after he defeated captain Jono Ross in the 50th minute. had replaced.

Significantly, Sanderson suggested that Red Rose’s forward, a player considered indispensable to Jones, could play a part in Sale’s Premiership home game against leader Leicester on Sunday, just six days before England’s Six Nations opener. at Murrayfield.

Sanderson said: “Tom had a good time today, but he has a little more time to spend next week. There’s a chance he’ll stay back to get some more playing time. That’s between him and Eddie, but I don’t want to give anything away to Leicester. He hasn’t played much in recent weeks. If it happens, that’s the reason.”

Tom Curry attacks during Sale’s impressive home win. Photo: Nigel French/PA

After a first half of the season in which progress in the Premiership for Sale was slow, Sanderson can now look forward to a place in the last-16 of the Heineken Champions Cup.

After this success of seven attempts, Sanderson said: “This is a stepping stone to the final in Marseille. Do I think we can get there? Yes, I do, at that gig. In terms of form, we have shown that we can win from any side in the country.”

Sale always had too much quality for an Ospreys side that fell to their fourth consecutive group stage loss. Still, they lacked precision in the first 40 minutes and three attempts were disallowed as opportunities were rejected.

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Nevertheless, winger Tom Roebuck claimed his first in the 13th minute when he caught a luscious crossfield kick from AJ MacGinty to score into the right corner. Reed then applied the final blow to Rodd’s excellent work before the whore Ewan Ashman popped in shortly after the break. Sales started to explode and Dan du Preez completed a sparkling move before Curtis Langdon and Jack Metcalf also landed while Roebuck added his second.

Ospreys were outclassed from start to finish, but Toby Booth took heart from debutant Harri Deaves’ try-scoring performance in the back row. The Welsh region lost fellow winger Sam Cross to a serious knee injury at the end of the first half.

Booth, whose side was missing some key players, said: “Sam is in a brace and on crutches and had to have gas and air on the pitch so it looks like a knee injury. Harri Deaves had an impact on the game and that difference was encouraging for him and us. But we didn’t do it well enough long enough and eventually the physics took its toll.”

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