Faf de Klerk makes unforgiveable error to hand opposition 5pts
By Rugby Onslaught

Faf de Klerk makes unforgiveable error to hand opposition 5pts

Faf de Klerk became Faf de Burke after he was left shamed faced by lowly Worcester Warriors.

He was charged down by hooker Niall Annett, who ran in the try as poor wee Faf watched on.

Sale Sharks have won each of their last nine home games against Worcester Warriors in the Premiership, gaining a bonus point in four of those victories. Prior to this current run they had lost three home matches in a row to Worcester Warriors between March 2007 and November 2008.

Sale Sharks have won 12 of their last 13 games at home in the Premiership. No Premiership side has won more in their last 13 home games.

Worcester’s 27-14 home win against Sale Sharks in Round 7 stands as their largest margin of victory so far this season.

Worcester Warriors have failed to win any of their last 19 games away from home in the Premiership (D1 L18), their worst run since February 2012 – March 2014, when they lost 24 times in a row beginning with a 15-12 defeat to Sale Sharks. They have also conceded 20 or more points in each of their last 23 games away from home.

Worcester Warriors and Sale Sharks are two of the three sides to have been shown a league-high two red cards so far in this season’s Premiership (also Wasps).

Sale Sharks have enjoyed the second highest percentage of time spent in opposition territory amongst all teams in this season’s Premiership (54.3%), trailing only league leaders Leicester (54.7%). Worcester, on the other hand have spent the least amount of time in opposition territory (44.6%).

No players have made more tackles without missing one so far this Premiership season than Sale Sharks’ Coenie Oosthuizen (64) and Cameron Neild (34).

Sale Sharks’ flanker Jono Ross has recorded the most dominant tackles of any player in this season’s Premiership (12).

Worcester Warriors’ hooker Niall Annett has the competition’s highest line-out throw success rate of anybody with more than 12 attempts (96.9%).

Of players to feature more than once in the Premiership this season just four have averaged at least one break assist pass per game, including Sale’s AJ MacGinty and Worcester’s Finlay Smith (both 1, also Will Edwards – 1.2 and Jacob Umaga – 1.1).