McAlister at fullback in future?

Photosport     14 Apr 2008     Photosport

That would be his Sale coach Phillipe St Andre's view after his impact as a replacement in Sale's 24-17 win over Bristol in English club rugby at the weekend.

"I think he is potentially an international fullback and I still think fullback is his place.

"He is quick, he is strong, he can break the first tackle and he has the gas," he said.

Former Highlanders mid-fielder Neil Brew scored a try for Bristol but it wasn't enough to provide a win.

Bristol coach Richard Hill said: "It was pretty even until Luke McAlister came on."

London Irish continued its rise with a 13-8 win over Carl Hayman's Newcastle side while Glen Jackson had a quiet day, landing only a conversion, in Saracens' 15-39 loss to Gloucester.

Riki Flutey scored one try and Mark van Gisbergen crossed twice for Wasps in a 49-12 win over Rico Gear's Worcester side.

In Celtic League rugby Doug Howlett's Munster side went down 12-21 to Leinster.

The Cardiff Blues had a 35-26 win over the Llanelli Scarlets with Ben Blair scoring a try and kicking three conversions and two penalty goals.

In the Energy Cup final Ospreys, with a man of the match performance from Marty Holah, beat Leicester 23-6.

In French rugby Toulouse rested halfback Byron Kelleher and still beat Albi 20-13 to hold second place in the championship, one point behind Clermont-Auvergne.

Castres went down 18-20 to Perpignan while in the second division, the Tana Umaga-coached Toulon side beat Limoges 37-14 with hooker Anton Oliver scoring two tries and replacement back Andrew Mehrtens landing two conversions and first five-eighths Orene Ai'i landing a dropped goal.

Toulon is seven points ahead of Mont-de-Marsan.