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  • Peel (2), Cueto, Shepherd, Leote,
    Penalty goals: Macleod,
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  • Penalty goals: Burns (3),
  • Aviva Premiership
  • 12th Apr 2013
  • KO 19:45
  • Ground: Salford City Stadium
  • Att: 8,023

Aviva Premiership: Sale Sharks virtually safe after beating Gloucester

Last updated: 13th April 2013   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Johnny Leota of Sale Sharks celebrates with Sam Tuitupou

Johnny Leota celebrates his score with Sam Tuitupou

Johnny Leota of Sale Sharks dives over the line to score the opening tr

Johnny Leota dives over for the opening try

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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.

Attacking verve

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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