Sale ran six tries past London Welsh as they dominated the Premiership new-boys 46-8 at AJ Bell Stadium.
Sale had the better of the ball in the first-half and scored two tries through Tom Arscott and Vadim Cobilas before Danny Cipriani added a penalty on the stroke of half time, with the Exiles’ only score coming from the boot of Olly Barkley.
Welsh got themselves back into the game with a try through Nic Reynolds but a second try from Arscott put the game beyond the visitors.
The hosts secured a bonus point with a fourth try through Tom Brady with five minutes to go before adding two more through Arscott and Luke McLean.
Sale took full advantage of Piri Weepu’s box kick going out on the full as former Welsh man Arscott went over in the corner to give the hosts 5-0 lead after three minutes.
The Sharks dominated the opening 10 minutes before conceding a penalty for offside which Barkley successfully kicked to goal to close the gap.
Sale scored their second try of the game after 23 minutes through Cobilas. A pick and go paved the way for the prop to dive over before Cipriani added the extras.
The hosts looked like scoring their third try of the half after good work from Easter and Arscott but the TMO ruled the try out for a knock-on in the build-up.
Another error was made by Dean Schofield as he dragged down the maul to send Welsh down to 14 with a minute left to play in the first half before Cipriani scored the penalty to take a 15-3 lead into the break.
Sale picked up where they left off in the second half with another Cipriani penalty to go 18-3 up.
Welsh came close to scoring their first try of the game with a rolling maul but as they edged towards the line, Sale managed to get it into touch to maintain their advantage.
The visitors had got a foot in the game after the return of Schofield and got their reward just shy of the hour mark as Reynolds went over in the corner but Sale looked to have sealed the win with 13 minutes remaining as Arscott scored his second try of the afternoon with Cipriani converting once more.
The hosts secured a bonus point with five minutes to play as Brady went over in the corner and Cipriani converted to take a 32-8 lead before running in two more tries in the dying minutes. Arscott got his hat-trick and Joe Ford converted before McLean scored and Ford again added the extras secure a 46-8 win.
Tries: Arscott 3, Cobilas, Brady, McLean
Con: Cipriani 3, Ford 2
Pen: Cipriani 2
For London Welsh:
Sale Sharks: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Tom Brady, 13 Will Addison, 12 Jonny Leota, 11 Tom Arscott, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Chris Cusiter, 8 Mark Easter, 7 David Seymour, 6 Magnus Lund, 5 Michael Paterson, 4 Jonathan Mills, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Shalva Mamukashvili, 1 Ross Harrison
Replacements: 16 Cameron Neild, 17 Alberto de Marchi, 18 Eifion Lewis-Roberts, 19 Andrei Ostrikov, 20 Viliami Fahiki, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Joe Ford, 23 Mark Jennings
London Welsh: 15 Seb Jewell, 14 Seb Stegmann, 13 Nic Reynolds, 12 Tim Molenaar, 11 Nick Scott, 10 Olly Barkley (c), 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Lachlan McCaffrey, 7 Richard Thorpe, 6 Pete Browne, 5 James Down, 4 Dean Schofield, 3 Taione Vea, 2 Koree Britton, 1 Ricky Reeves
Replacements: 16 Nathan Morris, 17 Shane Cahill, 18 Jack Gilding, 19 Matt Corker, 20 Ollie Stedman, 21 Rob Lewis, 22 Tristan Roberts, 23 Tom May
Referee: Andrew Small
Assistant Referees: Gareth Copsey, Peter Huckle
TMO: Sean Davey