Premiership: Sale Sharks 41-13 London Irish – Sharks solidify top-four place

Arron Reed (left) latched on to a loose London Irish pass to secure Sale’s fourth strive
Sale (19) 41
Tries: McGuigan 3, Hammersley, De Jager, Reed Cons: R du Preez 3, MacGinty Pen: MacGinty
London Irish (3) 13
Strive: Donnell Con: Jackson Pens: Jackson 2

Sale recorded one more emphatic dwelling steal to solidify their predicament within the Premiership high four as they ran in six tries against London Irish.

Simon Hammersley, Lood de Jager and Byron McGuigan crossed in a well-known half of by which the hosts furthermore had three more attempts disallowed for infringements.

Arron Reed secured the strive bonus early within the 2nd half of sooner than McGuigan executed his hat-trick with two more.

Ben Donnell dotted down a consolation secure for the Exiles.

A five-point return for Sale coupled with Northampton’s defeat by leaders Bristol plan Alex Sanderson’s facet grasp a six-point cushion over the fifth-positioned Saints.

Irish protect sixth despite falling to their eighth consecutive defeat on the AJ Bell Stadium.

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While Sale’s 28-point margin of victory used to be emphatic, it will probably perchance well were even more convincing had efforts from McGuigan, De Jager and Jean-Luc du Preez no longer been dominated out by the tv match official.

Nevertheless Scotland winger McGuigan showed his classly ending expertise in both halves to lend a hand his facet leap again from defeat at Northampton final weekend.

His first came as he latched on to a suave kick over the end from scrum-half of Faf de Klerk, his 2nd from an interception as he raced particular from halfway and then his third within the final seconds when received spherical on the out of doors despite his facet being down to 13 men.

Sale: Hammersley, McGuigan, S. James, Doherty, Reed; R. du Preez, De Klerk; Rodd, Van der Merwe, Oosthuizen, Beaumont, De Jager, Ross (capt), Neild, JL. du Preez.

Replacements: Langdon, Harrison, Harper, Phillips, Dugdale, Cliff, MacGinty, L. James.

Sin-bin: Oosthuizen (43 minutes), Harrison (75 minutes), Reed (77 minutes).

London Irish: Stokes, Loader, Rona, Brophy-Clews, Hassell-Collins; Jackson, Meehan; Goodrick-Clarke, Creevy, Chawatama, Mafi, Simmons, Rogerson (capt), Donnell, Tuisue.

Replacements: Cornish, Gigena, Hoskins, Nott, Cowan, Phipps, Joseph, Parton.

Sin-bin: Brophy Clews (4 minutes).

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

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