Stop me if you've heard this one before.
On Saturday, Sale played exceeding well for sixty minutes away from home - this time at Sandy Park - only to find themselves finishing the game with less points than their play warranted gaining.
In this case it was the last fifteen minutes where Exeter - who to be fair were the better side all afternoon - ran riot, scoring at a point-per-minute pace to leave Sale empty-handed at the final whistle.
The game was to change with a horrendous Joe Ford error. 18-17 down with fourteen minutes to go, Ford attempted to run the ball instead of kick despite heavy Chiefs pressure just inside his own half. Ford was to be tackled, lose possession and the ball was to fall kindly to James Short who would have the easiest of run-ins. Eleven point lead and game over.
Now I can appreciate what Ford was trying to do with that play, but a bad mistake at a pivotal point cost Sale a much-deserved losing bonus point and possibly more, such was the equal standing both sides were on for much of the game.
Instead Sale now slump to their fourth consecutive away loss and are winless in their last five Premiership fixtures.
Lewis Hughes hopes to see all of you at next Saturday's hopefully sold-out game against Wasps. Follow @SharkTankRugby on Twitter for more news, analysis and opinions.