For the third time in their last three encounters hosting Northampton Saints at the AJ Bell stadium, Sale Sharks emerged triumphant over the Jimmies once again in a thrilling, nail-biting and fiercely-contested affair on Sunday afternoon, inching their way to a narrow but deserved 20-13 victory.
Two superb individual tries from Sam James and Will Addison respectively and 10 points from Danny Cipriani was enough to ensure Sale secured their second Premiership victory of the season despite a spirited comeback from Northampton that saw the final result only decided by a Saints' knock-on with the clock dead centimetres from the Sharks' try-line.
With Sunday's win Sale are now in the top-six for the first time this season with two wins out of three and nine points out of a possible fifteen. Not a bad start to the season especially considering the hypothetical advantage Sale were supposed to enjoy with many of their rivals losing players to England duty during the Premiership's first few rounds never actually materialised. A ludicrously quick turnaround sees Sale next in action at the Stoop on Friday.
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