Sarries’ treble hopes dashed by Sale Sharks

SARACENS prop Petrus du Plessis brushed off his side’s 21-15 LV= Cup semi-final defeat to Sale Sharks yesterday, insisting their returning England stars will guide them to silverware elsewhere.

Sarries’ treble hopes were dashed by a spirited Sale team, who put their Aviva Premiership woes to one side to set up a final against Harlequins through tries from Tom Holmes and Nathan Fowles.

“It will be a different kettle of fish when it comes to the Aviva Premiership, the play-offs and the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup,” said Du Plessis. “When the England guys come back we will strengthen and go back to what we do well and play the Saracens way.”

Quins continue to compete on three fronts after edging past Bath 31-23 at The Stoop on Saturday.

The LV= Cup Final, 3pm, Sunday 17 March, Sixways Stadium, Worcester. Tickets are on sale now from £20 at http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk or by calling 0844 844 0444.