Sky Sports Today - Breaking Transfer News, Build-up to Super Sunday and the Latest Sports News

Champions Cup - Live!

All the action from around the grounds as Round Three of the European Rugby Champions Cup continues.

  • [recommend] GOOD AFTERNOON!
    And welcome to our live and interactive coverage of Round Three in the European Rugby Champions Cup. What a feast of action we have set before us, with five matches today and four of them are live on Sky Sports 2HD for your viewing pleasure! We will be keeping you across of the action as it unfolds right here, so sit tight and get ready for another rollercoaster round of European exploits!
    12/6/2014 12:02:35 PM
  • [now-tv] DON'T MISS A TACKLE!
    It is not too late to get hold of a Sky Sports Day Pass from NOW TV. There is no contract required and with four Champions Cup matches to enjoy throughout the day, £6.99 is a bargain deal!
    12/6/2014 12:09:06 PM
  • [play] Earlier in the week, commentator Stuart Barnes paid a visit to Sky Sports News HQ to preview the weekend's action.

    12/6/2014 12:30:00 PM
  • [sunny] First up, it's an all-Aviva Premiership clash between Sale Sharks and Saracens at the AJ Bell Stadium. The sun is shining in Salford and following the culmination of the QBE Autumn Internationals Saracens welcome their England contingent back, while Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond has named a strong hand for today's showdown.
    12/6/2014 12:39:52 PM
  • [microphone] Danny Cipriani may not have featured for England in the Autumn Internationals, but he will be out to prove his point today

    12/6/2014 12:42:33 PM
  • [newspaper] SALE SHARKS TEAM NEWS
    Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond, a former Saracens coach, has unleashed all his big guns for this one, with Cirpriani pulling the strings at No 10, though, he has been denied a fly-half battle with Owen Farrell after he was posted in midfield for the visitors.

    Sharks flanker Magnus Lund (37/39) is the top tackler in the Champions Cup this year and will be influential for Sale.

    Sale Sharks: 15 Mike Haley; 14 Luke McLean, 13 Mark Jennings, 12 Sammy Tuitupou, 11 Mark Cueto; 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Chris Cusiter; 1 Eifion Lewis Roberts, 2 Marc Jones, 3 Vadim Cobilas; 4 Jonathan Mills, 5 Andrei Ostrikov; 6 Mark Easter, 7 Magnus Lund, 8 Josh Beaumont
    Replacements: 16 Shalva Mamukashvili, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 James Flynn, 19 Viliami Fihaki, 20 Andrew Hughes, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Nick Macleod, 23 Will Addison
    12/6/2014 12:48:12 PM
  • [newspaper] SARACENS TEAM NEWS
    As previously eluded to, following his travails in the centres for England, Owen Farrell has been selected at No 12 by Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall. It's a decision made due to an injury to Brad Barritt, the Sarries coach insists. Charlie Hodgson continues at No 10, with former England wingers David Strettle and Chris Ashton eager to prove a point today.

    Saracens' Jamie George (19) made the joint most tackles in the most recent round of Champions Cup fixtures.

    Saracens: 15 Alex Goode; 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Duncan Taylor, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 David Strettle; 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Richard Wigglesworth; 1 Mako Vunipola, 2 Jamie George, 3 Petrus Du Plessis; 4 George Kruis, 5 Alistair Hargreaves (capt.); 6 Kelly Brown, 7 Jacques Burger, 8 Billy Vunipola
    Replacements: 16 Brett Sharman, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 James Johnston, 19 Jim Hamilton, 20 Jackson Wray, 21 Neil de Kock, 22 Marcelo Bosch, 23 Chris Wyles
    12/6/2014 12:51:25 PM
    Don't forget, we have matches on two fronts, both kicking off at 1pm. Reigning Aviva Premiership champions Northampton Saints are in Italy to take on Benetton Treviso, a game you can see live on the Red Button from Sky Sports 2.

    Northampton have won both of their previous encounters with Treviso, when the pair were drawn in the same pool in the 2009/10 season.

    Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder has given a breather to England stars Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood after an action-packed autumn - they all take their place on the bench, while centre Luther Burrell starts.

    Benetton Treviso: 15 Jayden Hayward; 14 Simone Ragusi, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Samuel John Christie, 11 Ludovico Nitoglia; 10 Joe Carlisle, 9 Alberto Lucchese; 1 Matteo Muccignat, 2 Davide Giazzon, 3 Salesi Manu; 4 Francesco Minto, 5 Antonio Pavanello (capt); 6 Simone Favaro, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 8 Dean Budd
    Replacements: 16 Amar Kudin, 17 Matteo Zanusso, 18 Romulo Acosta, 19 Marco Fuser, 20 Tomas Vallejos, 21 Marco Barbini, 22 Luca Morisi, 23 Edoardo Gori

    Northampton Saints: 15 Ben Foden; 14 Ken Pisi, 13 Tom Stephenson, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Jamie Elliott; 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson; 1 Alex Waller, 2 Mikey Haywood, 3 Salesi Ma’afu; 4 Sam Dickinson, 5 Christian Day; 6 Calum Clark, 7 Phil Dowson (capt), 8 Samu Manoa
    Replacements: 16 Dylan Hartley, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Tom Wood, 21 Kahn Fotuali’i, 22 George Pisi, 23 James Wilson
    12/6/2014 12:56:14 PM
  • [rugby-union] HERE WE GO!
    The players are running out of the tunnels in Italy and Salford...Treviso v Northampton and Sale v Saracens are just moments away!
    12/6/2014 1:00:12 PM
  • Sale 0-0 Saracens[kick-off]
    And we are off - Sale kick off through Danny Cipriani, Sarries get an early penalty as Sale are penalised at the rolling maul.

    12/6/2014 1:02:11 PM
  • Sale 0-0 Saracens
    First scrum of the game for Sarries - Billy Vunipola attacks from the back of the scrum. A good start for Sarries. 
    12/6/2014 1:03:57 PM
  • Sale 0-3 Saracens [penalty-rugby]
    Saracens have a great attacking scrum in Sale's 22 - good work from the Sarries front row who win a penalty and Charlie Hodgson strokes it over. 

    12/6/2014 1:06:14 PM
  • Sale 0-3 Saracens
    Sale look to bounce straight back and attack deep down into Sarries territory. Magnus Lund stopped just on the line but they win a penalty. Cipriani kicks for the flag. 
    12/6/2014 1:09:29 PM
  • Sale 7-3 Saracens [try]
    TRY! A great driving maul from the lineout sees Lund get over for the first try of the game. Cipriani has a difficult shot from outwide but he nails it. 
    12/6/2014 1:10:34 PM
  • Sale 7-3 Saracens
    That is great work from Sale lock Andrei Ostrikov who gets over the ball and wins a penalty when Saracens were looking to build something there. 
    12/6/2014 1:14:00 PM
  • Sale 7-8 Saracens
    What a try! Farrell scored it but all made by Charlie Hodgson:  A great line out from Saracens, Hodgson takes it flat and runs a great angle back into space and is away. He then offloads to A supporting Farrell who scores despite the desperate cover tackle of Lund. Hodgson cannot add the extras, but that was superb work from him.
    12/6/2014 1:18:35 PM
  • Sale 7-8 Saracens
    Saracens back on attack after a penalty sees them work their way into Sale's 22. Hodgson finds Taylor with one of his impeccable long passes, Billy Vunipola takes the ball on but loses it in contact. 
    12/6/2014 1:26:24 PM
  • Sale 7-8 Saracens
    Sarries flanker Kelly Brown is penalised for not rolling away from the tackle. Cipriani takes Sale into their visitors 22. From the lineout they look to attack but Sale are penalised for taking players out off the ball. Saracens run it and Goode dinks it through for Strettle to chase, but great work from Sale fullback Mike
    Haley gives Sale the chance to attack. Both side really want to run today! 
    12/6/2014 1:31:51 PM
  • Lund goes over for Sale's first try

    12/6/2014 1:32:32 PM
  • Sale 7-8 Saracens
    Sale have a superb driving maul going, Cipriani then chips it up midfield for Cueto who gathers ball as Alex Goode clatters into him - crowd not happy with Goode - but Sale still on attack and into the 22 but Mark Easter knocks on. 
    12/6/2014 1:36:02 PM
  • Here is Owen Farrell scoring for Saracens after excellent work from Charlie Hodgson

    12/6/2014 1:36:50 PM
  • Sale 7-8 Saracens
    We've had a few penalties from both sides and referee Leighton Hodges calls the captains aside to have a word. 
    12/6/2014 1:39:47 PM
  • Sale 10-8 Saracens [penalty-rugby] 
    Cipriani puts Sale back in front after Billy Vunipola is penalised for tackling a player in the air.
    12/6/2014 1:41:24 PM
  • Sale 10-11 Saracens
    Obviously that talk from the ref has had no effect as Saracens now win a penalty and Farrell gives the lead back to the visitors. 
    12/6/2014 1:42:43 PM
  • Half-time Sale 10-11 Saracens
    Saracens head into the break with a one point lead - thanks to some magic from Charlie Hodgson. Hodgson is off though, can Owen Farrell steer the visitors to victory in the second half? 
    12/6/2014 1:49:56 PM
  • a little inside peek of the Munster change room - don't miss this clash, 5.30pm live on Sky Sports 2

    12/6/2014 1:52:32 PM
  • Match Action: @David_Strettle carries a few @SaleSharksRugby defenders with him during the first half #SarriesLive

  • Sale 10-11 Saracens
    We are back for the second half. Farrell gets us started for the second half. Ostrikov fumbles the ball but it goers backwards and Easter clears up 
    12/6/2014 2:05:17 PM
  • Sale 10-11 Saracens
    Saracens win a penalty as Sales are penalised for coming in from the wrong side - kickable penalty for Farrell but they go for the corner. 
    12/6/2014 2:07:41 PM
  • Sale 10-16 Saracens [try]
    A good option as they get the driving maul and Billy Vunipola gets Saracens second try. Farrell makes a complete hash of the conversion though - he wont be happy with that. 
    12/6/2014 2:09:02 PM
  • Sale 10-16 Saracens
    Sale have some possession of their own and roar into the Sarries half through Cueto and Cipriani. 
    12/6/2014 2:10:21 PM
  • Sale 10-16 Saracens
    Sale still building as Haley does well to get the ball away down the touchline. Saracens defence holds fast though and Cipriani tries to break them down with a grubber kick for Cueto to chase - the ball goes out though. 
    12/6/2014 2:11:56 PM
  • Sale 10-16 Saracens
    Easter attacks for Sale from the back of the scrum, the ball is then kicked high by Cussiter but it is well fielded by Alex goode who has a lot of space and gets outside the Sale defence - Ashton flips the ball straight to Marcelo Bosch who is looking for Strettle. Good cover defence from Sale slows the Sarries attack down. 
    12/6/2014 2:17:04 PM
  • Billy Vunipola gets Saracens second try

    12/6/2014 2:18:02 PM
  • Sale 10-16 Saracens
    Mike Haley knocks on in his 22 allowing Saracens to have a attacking scrum. That is a real let off for Sale as replacement prop James
    Johnston is penalised for binding on the arm. 

    12/6/2014 2:22:43 PM
  • Sale 10-16 Saracens
    Now Sale have a chance to attack after some mis-communication between Ashton and Goode regarding taking a high ball sees Goode finally get it but he is bundled into touch. Sale look to catch and drive, the ball is then spun wide to Luke McLean but Goode redeems himself with a great tackle and takes McLean into touch. 
    12/6/2014 2:25:17 PM
  • Sale 15-16 Saracens[try]
    TRY! Ostrikov scores for Sale after some excellent work from  Lund and Sam
    Tuitupou who get Sale within five metres.
    The big russian lock then picks up from the ruck and is over. 
    Nick Macleod on for Cipriani misses the conversion though - he really should have go that. 
    12/6/2014 2:28:44 PM
  • Sale 15-19 Saracens [drop-goal-union]
    Saracens back on the attack now as the get a fantastic maul going from the lineout. Saracens have a penalty after Sale are pinged for trying to collapse the maul but Farrell opts for the drop-goal and nails it! 
    12/6/2014 2:31:46 PM
  • Sale 15-19 Saracens
    Sale try and get their driving maul going but great work from big Jim Hamilton and Billy Vunipola sees Saracens get the turnover. 
    12/6/2014 2:35:31 PM
  • Sale 15-19 Saracens
    Saracens cannot make the most of that as they are penalised at the scrum. Sale go for the corner to try and set up something. 
    12/6/2014 2:37:31 PM
  • Sale 15-19 Saracens
    The home side do well and another penalty sees them kick for the corner - they are about 5 metres out, however the throw in goes over everyone's head; Sarries recover the ball and then win a penalty to clear. 
    12/6/2014 2:39:28 PM
  • Sale 15-19 Saracens [ouch]
    That would have raise the spirits of Sale! A huge hit from Sam
    Tuitupou on Jackson Wray wins Sale a penalty.
    They kick long for the corner - another big lineout here. 
    12/6/2014 2:42:23 PM
  • Sale 15-19 Saracens
    Shalva Mamukashvili finds his man at the front of the lineout and they get the driving maul going - it looks good but they are then penalised for truck and trailer. Scrum to Saracens...but Sale win a penalty at the scrum! What an end we are having! 
    12/6/2014 2:44:40 PM
Powered by ScribbleLive Content Marketing Software Platform

Most Popular



Souness: Mark of champions

Souness: Mark of champions

Graeme Souness hailed Chelsea after their win over QPR, describing their dogged display as "the mark of champions".

Supplement podcast

Supplement podcast

Download to hear the panel discuss the demise of Man City and the futures of van Persie, Cech and Wilshere.

Sky Cricket Podcast

Sky Cricket Podcast

Shane Warne, Ian Botham, Nasser Hussain and David Lloyd pay tribute to the legend, Richie Benaud.