Shepherd fails to stop Wanderers’ winning run

HANDS OFF - Alex Waller attempts to stop Cameron Shepherd during Wanderers' clash with Sale Jets on Monday night (pictures: Linda Dawson)

HANDS OFF - Alex Waller attempts to stop Cameron Shepherd during Wanderers' clash with Sale Jets on Monday night (pictures: Linda Dawson)

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The Wanderers continued their winning run – at the expense of Cameron Shepherd and his Sale Jets side on Monday night.

Australia back Shepherd, who is currently suing Saints after they pulled out of a deal to sign him during the summer, scored a try but he couldn’t save the Jets from a 30-24 defeat.

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Five-pointers from Noah Cato, Ethan Waller, Darrell Dyer and Anders Mogensen secured the win for the Wanderers - their fourth in as many games - and helped them book their place in the Aviva ‘A’ League play-offs for the second season in succession.

Ryan Lamb endured a mixed night with the boot, but did land two conversions, a penalty and a drop goal to help the Saints second string to victory.

However, the main intrigue surrounded Shepherd who was expected to be turning out at the Gardens as a Saints player this season, when he agreed a deal with the club back in May.

Saints pulled the plug on the move due to medical recommendations and the Australian was then handed a one-year deal at Sale.

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He has yet to play for the first team, but is now on his way back from injury and the versatile back, who played a fly-half for the Jets, helped his cause with a first-half score against the Wanderers.

While Shepherd’s Sale have endured a tough start to the Premiership season and currently sit bottom of the table, Saints have won all five of their games and occupy the summit.

And the Wanderers also possess a 100 per cent record, meaning the combined record of the two sides reads played nine, won nine.