Dewi Morris, Scott Quinnell and Pat Sanderson look at what Sale have to deal with when they take on Harlequins in the LV Cup final.

Last Updated: 15/03/13 7:54pm

Luke Wallace: fine skills for Quins

Sale were not given much hope in their semi-final against Saracens but, led by the rampaging Andy Powell, they beat Sarries 21-15 to book a place in the Anglo-Welsh Cup final for the first time since 2004.

A win in the final could book them a place in next year's Heineken Cup - provided they stay up and the chances of that happening were improved further after London Welsh were deducted five points for fielding an ineligible player.

"It's a funny old game - Sale have not had an lot to smile about lately and the supporters have not had a lot to cheer about," said Dewi Morris on the Rugby Club.

"Wallace showed some lovely skill against bath - it was incredible. He busted out of a tackle, showed great balance to keep on his feet and then gave a wonderful offload to Tom Williams to score. It was one for the highlights reel!"

Pat Sanderson

"It was a bitterly cold day but their performance certainly warmed the fans up and did give them something to cheer about. Andy Powell's performance was outstanding and the teams performance was something that they desperately needed. I have been calling for Powell to be included because they desperately needed someone to carry the ball and he did that.

Former Wales No.8 Scott Quinnell was also impressed with Powell's performance and hopes he can keep the intensity up - not just in the final, but for the rest of the Sales premiership games too.

"When Andy Powell is at his rampaging best he gives you that go forward and is just a pleasure to watch. The frustration is that he needs to do it week in and week out. We saw him playing like that in 2008 and 2009 and I am glad to see the big fellow back to somewhere near his best. He needs to take that to the Premiership though - Sale need him at his best if they are to stay up."

Backrow balance

Pat Sanderson agrees that Sale will need to get the best out of Powell once again after watching Harlequins book their place in the final with an impressive win over Bath.

"People say that it is a young Quins side, that is a developmental side - it's not," explained the former England backrower..

"It's the first team for next year or the year after. It is succession planning at its best. Leicester have done it for years and Saracens have adopted a very similar model and it works.

The LV Cup is an incredibly powerful tool if used properly and Harlequins have used it properly. It was a wonderful performance last weekend against Bath - I think everyone thought that bath would win that one.

"Maurie Fa'asavalu, Luke Wallace and Tom Guest were just superb in the backrow. Wallace is an out and out 7 and gives you what you want from your openside flanker. At the breakdown he gets over the ball and is strong in competing for that ball and winning turn overs. Fa'asavalu loves to carry the ball and is well supported by Guest. They complement each other beautifully. Wallace showed some lovely skill against bath - it was incredible. He busted out of a tackle, showed great balance to keep on his feet and then gave a wonderful offload to Tom Williams to score. It was one for the highlights reel!"

Another player that Sale will have to watch out for is scrum-half Karl Dickson who Dewi has been very impressed with: "Dickson is also playing so well - he hardly made a mistake against Bath and I love the energy of the guy. He is right up there in the pecking order for England. He is very much like Danny Care - he plays with his head up to make the break and is always aware of people around him. He offers so much to players running outside and inside of him."

Catch Sale v Harlequins in the LV=Cup final, 2.30pm, Sun, Sky Sports 2 HD