Casting only a cursory glance at the final score of Sunday afternoon's game and you'd be forgiven for thinking Sale ran out comfortable winners against Gloucester. In the end it was a hard fought victory for the Sharks, characterised by playing the final thirteen minutes with only fourteen men after yellow cards to Nathan Hines and Danny Cipriani and some wonderful defensive intensity to hold Gloucester to only six points across the entire 80 minutes. In the end, a try apiece from Johnny Leota and Josh Beaumont either side of half time along with three penalties from Danny Cipriani proved to be the difference as Sale moved a point behind Wasps in the hunt for a top-six place and put even greater distance between themselves and Harlequins and Gloucester, now languishing in 8th and 9th respectively.
Sale will now enjoy a week's break from action as the European competitions recommence for their knockout phases before facing London Irish at the Madjeski on April 12th. Maybe this week we'll see some new signings announced for next season with no other distractions? One can wish.
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