A fifteen minute spell encompassing the end of the first, and beginning of the second halfs that saw Harlequins score all 16 of their points on the night was to prove decisive as Sale, despite battling valiantly, fell to a 16-14 defeat at The Stoop on Friday.
A fortuitous bounce that allowed Dan Braid to scamper over in the 16th minute had given Sale an admittedly deserved lead before 16 points - 11 from the boot of Nick Evans and 5 courtesy of Tim Visser's touchdown were to give Quins a lead they wouldn't relinquish despite Sam James' 64th minute try and Danny Cipriani's last minute attempt at a drop goal.
A losing bonus point gained away at a much improved Harlequins side is nothing to sneer at, however the nature of Sale's defeat coming as a result of their inability to stem a blizting second half start from their hosts despite being the better side for 65 minutes is certainly frustrating.
Sale now have eight days' rest before making their first excursion into the European Challenge Cup away at the Newport Gwent Dragons. Having played two games in the last week, its a welcome break from the Premiership.