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Sale squeeze past Wasps

01st March 2014 17:18

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Danny Cipriani watching a scrum

Danny Cipriani: 11 points for Sale

Sale Sharks moved to within touching distance of the play-off places following a 21-17 victory over London Wasps at Adams Park.

Dan Braid's try, aided by the accurate boot of Danny Cipriani, gave the Sharks an early 10-0 advantage before successive Joe Carlisle penalties took Wasps to within one point at the break.

Another Carlisle penalty and Joe Simpson's touchdown looked to have completed the turnaround for the High Wycombe-based outfit, but Johnny Leota's score and two more Cipriani three-pointers secured the win for Sale.

The visitors have been this season's surprise package having overcome the previous campaign's travails to put them within striking distance of the top-four.

Against a Wasps side that had suffered three successive league defeats going into this match, it was the Sharks that started the brighter.

Even before Joe Simpson's yellow card for taking Nick Macleod out in the air, Steve Diamond's men were on the front foot. However, Simpson's sin-binning only served to put them under further pressure and the indiscretion from the scrum-half allowed replacement pivot Cipriani to put the Manchester outfit in front.

Veteran wing Mark Cueto then broke through the hosts' rearguard before the ball was shipped to Braid who touched down.

But Dai Young's side found their composure and began to put pressure on the away team's defence, and three quick-fire Carlisle three-pointers reduced the deficit to 10-9 at the interval.

The Wasps' pivot added his fourth from the tee soon into the second period before good work from Viliami Helu and Ashley Johnson sent Simpson across the whitewash.

Despite the momentum seeming to be in the hosts' favour, a piece of Cipriani brilliance set-up Leota for a well worked score. Sale's fly-half then regained the advantage as they began to take control of the scrum before the seven-times capped England international sealed the win late on from the tee.

The scorers:

For Wasps:
Try: Simpson
Pen: Carlisle 4

For Sale:
Tries: Braid, Leota
Con: Cipriani
Pen: Cipriani 3

Wasps: 15 Tommy Bell, 14 Will Helu, 13 Andrea Masi, 12 Chris Bell (coffee), 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Joe Carlisle, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Sam Jones, 7 James Haskell, 6 Ashley Johnson, 5 Kearnan Myall, 4 James Cannon, 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 2 Tom Lindsay, 1 Matt Mullan
Replacements: 16 Neil Cochrane, 17 Simon McIntyre, 18 Phil Swainston, 19 Tom Palmer, 20 Nathan Hughes, 21 Charlie Davies, 22 Andy Goode, 23 Charlie Hayter

Sale: 15 Tom Arscott, 14 Tom Brady, 13 Johnny Leota, 12 Mark Jennings, 11 Mark Cueto, 10 Nick MacLeod, 9 Will Cliff, 8 James Gaskell, 7 Dave Seymour, 6 Dan Braid (coffee), 5 Michael Paterson, 4 Andrei Ostrikov, 3 Henry Thomas, 2 Tommy Taylor, 1 Ross Harrison
Replacements: 16 Marc Jones, 17 Eifion Lewis-Roberts, 18 Vadim Cobilas, 19 Jonathan Mills, 20 Mark Easter, 21 Nathan Fowles, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Sammy Tuitupou

Referee: Dean Richards
Assistant referees: JP Doyle, Stuart Terheege
Television match official: Keith Lewis
Timekeeper: Roy Marfleet
Assessor: Gary Welsh/Ashley Reay

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