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Sale 24-17 Saracens: Sharks go second in Premiership with hard-fought win as Mark McCall remains bullish about his side's chances without Owen Farrell Sharks climbed back into a home semi-final slot with hard-fought victory Saracens were without banned captain Owen Farrell on Wednesday night  Matt Postlethwaite and Sarries wing Rotimi Segun traded tries early on Sale seized control with Valeri Morozov and Simon Hammersley scores 

By Chris Foy for the Daily Mail

Published: 21:41 BST, 9 September 2020 | Updated: 23:34 BST, 9 September 2020

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Saracens exuded pride and defiance on Wednesday night, on and off the pitch, as their rookie line-up frustrated title-chasing Sale – and Mark McCall was bullish about how his side can cope without Owen Farrell.

The relegation-bound Premiership champions discovered on Tuesday night that their fly-half and England captain would be unavailable for the rest of this disrupted domestic season after being handed a five-match ban for a dangerous tackle on Wasps' teenage playmaker, Charlie Atkinson.

Their collective response was emphatically positive. 

A reserve Saracens team rallied from a poor start to deny powerful Sale a bonus point

A reserve Saracens team rallied from a poor start to deny powerful Sale a bonus point

First, a reserve Saracens team rallied from a poor start at the AJ Bell Stadium to deny powerful Sale a bonus point. 

Then their director of rugby struck an up-beat tone when asked to consider the enforced absence of Farrell, especially in Dublin next weekend for the holders' momentous Heineken European Champions Cup quarter-final against imperious Leinster.

'Owen has gone for us for this season unless we reach the Champions Cup Final,' said McCall. 'He is tremendously regretful about the incident and he pleaded guilty to the

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