Sale attack coach Paul Deacon hailed the influence of AJ MacGinty after the Sharks playmaker’s man-of-the-match display in Saturday’s 24-0 European Challenge Cup win over Cardiff Blues.

Man of the match AJ MacGinty kicked 14 points with the boot in a marvellous individual display while Will Cliff and Marc Jones both scored second-half tries to rubber-stamp Sale’s growing momentum.

Though this latest victory – the Sharks’ fifth from their last six games – still left the side in third place in group two, Sale are now just two points off Cardiff and one behind second-placed Toulouse at the halfway stage of their European campaign with everything still to play for.

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