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Aviva Premiership: Gloucester win puts more pressure on Sale Sharks
Fly-half Freddie Burns kicked 19 points as Gloucester inflicted another Aviva Premiership defeat on Sale on Saturday.
Gloucester confirmed their 29-3 victory with a couple of second-half tries, Akapusi Qera touching down before the late award of a penalty try.
The defeat, an eighth in nine league outings, leaves Sale rooted to the bottom of the table, while Gloucester climb, for 24 hours at least, into third.
The visitors were made to pay for early indiscipline at Kingsholm as Burns landed two penalties within the first 11 minutes to give his side a 6-0 lead.
But lessons were not learned by the Sharks who presented Burns with a further three opportunities inside the first 25 minutes to allow the recent England call-up to extand the advantage to 15-0.
Sale did manage to cut out the mistakes and asserted a certain amount of control towards the end of the half, with Danny Cipriani kicking a three-pointer of his own shortly before the interval to give them renewed hope.
The visitors were much brighter after the break and had several chances to reduce the arrears only to see the final pass let them down on more than one occasion.
They were made to pay for their profligacy just past the hour mark as Gloucester flanker Qera all but killed the game by touching down for a score that Burns converted.
The Cherry and Whites then rubber-stamped victory five minutes from time when a dominant push-on at a scrum saw referee Luke Pearce award a penlaty try that Burns once again converted.Aviva Premiership. Click here to bet.
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
|Saturday 4th October|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Welsh|
|15:00||London Irish vs Northampton|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Leicester|
|Sunday 5th October|
|14:00||Sale vs Wasps|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Exeter|
|Friday 10th October|
|19:45||Leicester vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 11th October|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Saracens vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Irish|
|15:15||Northampton vs Sale|
|Sunday 12th October|
|14:00||Wasps vs Bath|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
|Wasps 20 - 16 Northampton|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Exeter 20 - 24 Leicester|
|Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale Sharks|
|Bath 53 - 26 London Welsh|
|Friday 12th September|
|Harlequins 0 - 39 Saracens|
|Sunday 7th September|
|London Welsh 0 - 52 Exeter|
|Saturday 6th September|
|London Irish 15 - 20 Harlequins|
|Leicester 36 - 17 Newcastle|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 29 Bath|
|Saracens 34 - 28 Wasps|
|Friday 5th September|
|Northampton 53 - 6 Gloucester|
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