A lacklustre first forty minutes which saw Sale trail 13-9 at half-time was remedied by a resurgent second half performance as the Sharks propelled themselves beyond Harlequins 29-23, in the process keeping both their top-six ambitions and their impenetrable home record alive.
Sale's last defeat at their AJ Bell stronghold came, ironically, at the hands of Harlequins 11 months ago when a poor first half was compounded by two late, missed conversion attempts from Joe Ford which would have won the game.
However vengeance for that defeat came in the form of second half scores from TJ Ioane and Will Addison, along with 19 combined points from the boot(s) of Joe Ford and Danny Cipriani, as Sale leapfrogged Harlequins in the table - taking them only up to seventh due to wins for Northampton and Gloucester - to remain steady in their pursuit of a prestigious top-six or top-four place.
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