Preview: Northampton Saints vs. Sale Sharks

Northampton Saints' Courtney Lawes in action on January 11, 2013
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Sports Mole previews Saturday's Aviva Premiership clash between Northampton and Sale at Franklin's Gardens.

Northampton Saints will all but secure a place in the Aviva Premiership playoffs if they beat Sale Sharks at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.

The Saints are currently five points clear of fifth-placed Gloucester Rugby in the table with two games left to play.

However, they will be wary of a Sale side who hammered Gloucester 32-9 last weekend.

The hosts make just the one change as Tom May comes into the starting XV in place of the injured George Pisi.

The Sharks have a number of new faces in their side, including Mike Haley, Tom Brady, Charlie Amesbury and Danny Cipriani.

Recent form

Northampton: WWWWLW

Sale: LWLLDW

Lineups

Northampton: Foden, K Pisi, May, Burrell, Elliott, Myler, Dickson, Tonga'uhia, Hartley, Mujati, Lawes, Day, Wood, Dowson, Van Velze
Replacements: Haywood, Waller, Doran Jones, Manoa, Clark, Roberts, Lamb, Wilson

Sale: Haley, Brady, Cueto, Leota, Amesbury, Cipriani, Peel, Harrison, Taylor, Thomas, Myall, Holmes, Vernon, Seymour, Gaskell
Replacements: Jones, Flynn, Croall, Beaumont, Doyle, Fowles, James, Ingall

Sports Mole says: Northampton to seal the win

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