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- LV= Cup
- 15th Nov 2013
- KO 19:45
- Ground: The Stoop
- Att: 9,350
LV= Cup: Sale avenge defeat in last year's final with 31-26 win over Harlequins
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Sale's experience paid off against the youthful enthusiasm of Harlequins as the Sharks avenged their defeat by the Londoners in last season's LV= Cup final with a 31-26 win.
Flankers Dave Seymour and James Gaskell, left-wing Rob Miller and replacement Danny Cipriani scored tries for the Sharks who had also lost 24-3 at The Stoop last month in the Aviva Premiership.
Fly-half Nick Macleod kicked nine points for Sale, with Cipriani also converting his own try, whilst opposite number Ben Botica replied with 21 points for Harlequins - a try, two conversions and four penalites in a 100 percent kicking performance - with winger Charlie Walker grabbing their other try.
Quins struggled with their set-piece in the early stages, losing their first two lineouts and their opening scrum.
But they took the lead in the ninth minute, capitalising on a turnover on the halfway line. Right-wing Walker burst through the middle and passed out of the tackle to leave Botica a clear run to the line for a try which the fly-half converted.
Sale responded with an attacking spell and, allowed the advantage by referee Ian Tempest, Macleod and Gaskell - playing for the first time since breaking a bone in his foot in the pre-season match against Wasps - quickly moved the ball left to send Seymour over unchallenged. Macleod converted to level the scores at 7-7 after 18 minutes.
Harlequins twice paid for their indiscretions, first when Macleod kicked Sale into the lead with a 24th-minute penalty and again, seven minutes later, when Wallace was sin-binned for offending at a ruck.
The Sharks exploited their numerical advantage to score a second try with Macleod, hooker Tommy Taylor and centre Will Addison stretching the home defence to send Miller in for a try converted by Macleod.
Their captain's return from the sin bin galvanised Harlequins whose late first-half pressure resulted Botica landing a penalty with the final kick of the session before adding another four minutes into the second half.
But Sale struck again when their pack drove Gaskell over from close range to leave Macleod an easy conversion.
Quins responded four minutes later with Walker taking the final pass from Wallace to finish off a slick high-speed move, with Botica again converting.
Sale immediately introduced new signing Viliami Fihaki, the 26-year-old Tonga No.8 who only arrived on Wednesday from New Zealand provincial side North Harbour, and former England fly-half Cipriani.
Fihaki's debut lasted only 13 minutes before he was sin-binned for an off-the-ball challenge on Botica, which presented the fly-half with his third penalty, but Sale wrapped up victory with Cipriani racing in for their fourth try in the left corner and striking a fine conversion.
Botica's fourth penalty sparked a grandstand final assault by Quins but Sale held on to their lead.
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|Saturday 31st January|
|15:00||Scarlets vs London Irish|
|15:00||Wasps vs Cardiff Blues|
|15:00||Leicester vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Sale|
|15:00||London Welsh vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Bath|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Ospreys|
|15:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Exeter|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Bath vs Ospreys|
|15:00||Sale vs Scarlets|
|15:00||Northampton vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Saracens vs Exeter|
|15:00||Cardiff Blues vs Leicester|
|Friday 14th November|
|Ospreys 35 - 51 Dragons|
|Cardiff Blues 19 - 13 Scarlets|
|Sunday 9th November|
|Leicester 29 - 13 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 9 - 18 Gloucester|
|Wasps 43 - 22 London Irish|
|Saturday 8th November|
|Exeter 18 - 6 Bath|
|Friday 7th November|
|Newcastle 21 - 22 Cardiff Blues|
|Harlequins 31 - 21 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Ospreys 9 - 21 Saracens|
|Scarlets 7 - 24 Northampton|
|Sunday 2nd November|
|Saracens 25 - 20 Harlequins|
|Saturday 1st November|
|Northampton 37 - 23 Newcastle|
|London Irish 16 - 17 Leicester|
|Bath 47 - 7 London Welsh|
|Exeter 28 - 27 Gloucester|
|Sale Sharks 32 - 29 Wasps|
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