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Dwayne Peel scored two tries as Sale Sharks all but secured their Aviva Premiership survival with a dominant 32-9 bonus-point victory over Gloucester.
Johnny Leota, Peel and Cameron Shepherd all went over for Sale in the first half as they took a 22-6 lead into half-time.
Freddie Burns responded for the Cherry and Whites with two penalties before the break and added another in the second period.
But the hosts' scrum-half and Mark Cueto crossed the whitewash late on to move the Sharks above London Irish into 10th and dent Gloucester's play-off hopes in the process.
Only 56 seconds had elapsed when Leota touched down in the left-hand corner after Dan Robson's clearance was changed down by the Sharks' outside centre.
Burns did reduce the arrears almost immediately before another mistake - this time from full-back Rob Cook - saw Peel go over. Nick Macleod added the conversion and the Sharks led 12-3.
Gloucester's England international stand-off deservedly took them to within seven points through a penalty, but almost immediately the Cherry and Whites infringed at the scrum and Macleod duly extended the home advantage.
Sale's third try provided the perfect example of the hosts' attacking verve when a well-constructed move sent Shepherd through a hole and the former Australian international rounded Cook and touched down.
It was Gloucester who were first to register after the break when Burns kicked a penalty from their first sustained passage of play.
However, Sale continued to control proceedings and the pressure eventually told when Dave Lewis was sin-binned for a cynical infringement.
That allowed Peel to snipe around the fringes and go over to effectively secure the Sharks' place in next year's Premiership, before Cueto rounded off an outstanding performance with a last-minute score.
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Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|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|
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