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- Aviva Premiership
- 16th Apr 2011
- KO 17:30
- Ground: Edgeley Park
- Att: 16,428
Exiles enjoy Reebok raid
Sale condemned to defeat in one-off Bolton clash
Sale's showcase match at the Reebok Stadium ended in disappointment as London Irish kept themselves in the play-off hunt with a 34-20 victory.
The Exiles quality shone through as tries from Topsy Ojo, David Paice, Dan Bowden and Steffon Armitage secured a bonus point.
Sale showed plenty of fight and scored two tries through Sean Cox and Wame Lewaravu, but the Sharks could not produce the result the 16,000 plus crown wanted.
Irish fly-half Tom Homer racked up 14 points while Charlie Hodgson kicked two penalties and two conversions for Sale, who are not yet clear of the relegation picture.
Both sides missed early penalties before the visitors took the lead when Ojo picked off a Hodgson pass to go in under the posts for a converted try.
Sale still looked threatening though as Will Addison and prop Henry Thomas made inroads into the opposition defence, and they got on the board through a Hodgson penalty.
But Irish upped the tempo - with Armitage and Ojo to the fore - and extended their lead when hooker Paice burrowed over following a series of attacks close to the Sale line.
The Sharks were made to pay the price for too many missed first tackles when Bowden powered through a weak attempt from Thomas before dummying scrum-half Will Cliff in to touch down.
Homer was on target with the conversion as the Exiles went into the half-time break with a commanding 24-3 lead.
Hodgson struck first for Sale after the break but Homer cancelled his penalty out instantly with a fine long-range effort.
The Sharks began to come forward and thought they had scored through No. 8 but the video referee controversially disallowed the effort.
The hosts finally got their first try on the board in the 63rd minute when Cox crossed the line with Hodgson converting.
Three minutes later they scored again as good hands by Thomas and hooker Neil Briggs sent Lewaravu racing away to finish.
Hodgson added the extras to give Sale hope of an unlikely comeback, but Armitage's last-gasp score sealed victory for the visitors.
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|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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