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  • Latham, Garvey,
    Penalty goals: Carlisle (2),
    Conversions: Carlisle (2),
20 - 37


  • Bell, Jones, Briggs, Ripol,
    Penalty goals: Hodgson (2),
    Drop goals: Hodgson,
    Conversions: Hodgson (4),
  • Aviva Premiership
  • 31st Jan 2009
  • KO 15:00
  • Ground: Sixways Stadium
  • Att: 10,387

Sharks earn Sixways bonus

Bell's late try secures maximum points for visitors at Worcester

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Sale Sharks gave their Guinness Premiership title ambitions a boost with a 37-20 victory over Worcester Warriors at Sixways.

Chris Bell's 78th-minute try, the Sharks' fourth, earned the visitors a bonus point and moves them up to third in the table.

Sale's other tries were scored by Chris Jones, Oriol Ripol and Neil Briggs, while fly-half Charlie Hodgson added 17 points with the boot.

Worcester scored a try at either end of the game through Chris Latham and Marcel Garvey but largely failed to find their best form and suffered a major blow when Latham's participation was ended by a neck injury after 16 minutes.

Sale, who lost 19-7 to Worcester at Edgeley Park in November, were without star players Andrew Sheridan, Mark Cueto and Luke McAlister.

Hodgson opened the scoring with a fourth-minute penalty but the hosts hit back immediately, Joe Carlisle putting Latham into a gap and the Australian full-back powering past two defenders for an excellent solo try.

Carlisle added the additional two points but was off-target with a penalty attempt shortly afterwards.

Latham injury

Just past the quarter-of-an-hour mark Latham had to be stretchered off with his neck in a brace after being injured in a maul. He was taken to hospital for scans after temporarily losing feeling in his arms and legs and is believed to have suffered a neck ligament problem.

Soon afterwards the Warriors thought they had scored a second try but Kai Horstmann's effort was ruled out for crossing in the build-up.

Sale got back within one at 7-6 when Hodgson kicked his second penalty, which had been awarded when Horstmann was yellow carded for deliberately killing the ball on the floor.

Sale lost Sebastian Chabal to a shoulder injury but it made little difference as they went on a run of 10 quick points - Hodgson dropping a simple goal and then converting a try from Jones, who drove over from close range.

Horstmann returned from the sin-bin in time to see Carlisle land a 40-metre penalty to reduce Worcester's deficit to 16-10 at the interval.

Carlisle brought his side back within three with another penalty two minutes after the restart.

Ripol riposte

But a poor kick from Rico Gear surrendered possession to Sale, who took full advantage by building up a period of pressure which culminated in Ripol's try. Hodgson converted to open a 10-point lead with half-an-hour to go.

The Sharks lost Jones to a head injury six minutes later, David Tait coming on as a replacement.

Sale put the game beyond Worcester's reach when Carlisle's attempt to run from inside his own 22 saw his pass intercepted by Briggs, who returned it for a converted try.

With nine minutes to go Garvey finished off a splendid Worcester move for their second try, converted from the touchline by Carlisle.

Sale, however, had the last word when Bell crossed two minutes from time to secure a bonus point and Hodgson added the conversion for a 20-point winning margin.

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