|Sale: (10) 15|
|Tries: Harrison, Ashman Cons: R du Preez Pens: R du Preez|
|Exeter: (10) 25|
|Tries: Slade 2, Witty Cons: Slade 2 Pens: Slade 2|
Exeter beat 14-man Sale 25-15 to get a primary Premiership win of the season.
Sale have been 10-0 up after 10 minutes because of Ross Harrison’s attempt to Rob Du Preez’s penalty, however Henry Slade’s late rating made it degree at half time after Sale’s defence had impressed.
A Slade penalty put Exeter forward earlier than Rohan Janse van Rensburg was despatched off for a excessive sort out on Harvey Skinner.
Slade and Will Witty went over in fast succession to kill the sport off earlier than Ewan Ashman received a late attempt for Sale.
The outcome strikes Exeter as much as ninth place within the Premiership desk whereas Sale drop to sixth.
Exeter’s day began poorly – Slade and Facundo Cordero received in one another’s approach on the kick off giving freely possession deep in their very own territory, and some phases after a five-metre lineout, Harrison went in from shut vary for Sale.
Du Preez added a penalty quickly after, however Exeter started to get into their stride as they spent the subsequent 10 minutes in charge of the possession and territory, with Slade changing a penalty.
Exeter once more made a mistake on the restart as they gave away a penalty, they usually may have conceded a attempt had a Sale move not inadvertently hit the referee because the hosts went for the nook.
Sale’s defence was stifling as Exeter struggled to discover a approach by way of regardless of having the majority of the possession because the half wore on – however they did make the breakthrough a minute earlier than half time as Tom O’Flaherty’s mazy run put the Sharks on the again foot and some passes later Slade went over.
Slade kicked a penalty quickly after the restart and some minutes later, Cameron Neild had a attempt chalked off after tv replays confirmed the Sale ahead was not in the back of the ruck when he picked the ball up and went in.
The turning level got here with 27 minutes to go as Van Rensburg was red-carded when replays confirmed his shoulder hit Skinner’s jaw as he tried to sort out the fly-half, who needed to come off for a head harm evaluation because of this.
With a person down, Exeter wasted no time in capitalising – first Slade dummied nicely to create sufficient area to go over after a five-pass transfer whereas Will Witty charged down a kick and dribbled football-style in the direction of the road earlier than diving over.
Ewan Ashman went over within the left nook with 10 minutes to go after a close-range lineout for his first-ever Sale attempt to create a nervy end, however Exeter held on to register a primary win in Premiership Rugby since they beat Sale in final season’s semi-final in June.
Sale: Solomona; Roebuck, Janse van Rensburg, Hill, Yarde; R du Preez, Cliff; Harrison, Langdon, Schonert, Wiese, J-P du Preez, Neild, Dugdale, Ross (capt).
Replacements: Ashman, Rodd, Oosthuizen, Birch, Taylor, Warr, Wilkinson, L James
Exeter: Hogg; Cordero, Slade, Devoto, O’Flaherty; H Skinner, Maunder; Moon, Yeandle (capt), Iosefa-Scott, Witty, Lonsdale, Ewers, Armand, Capstick
Replacements: Innard, Hepburn, Williams, McCauley, Tshiunza, Townsend, J Simmonds, Hendrickson
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (RFU).