Sale claimed a hard-fought 13-10 win at Harlequins and Northampton Saints thrashed the Scarlets 50-10 in Friday's Anglo-Welsh Cup matches.
Harlequins 10-13 Sale Sharks
A late Will Addison penalty secured Sale the result at the Stoop and in doing so they handed Harlequins their first loss of the campaign.
The opening half was a slugfest and a penalty apiece from Addison and Ruaridh Jackson meant the score was deadlocked at 3-3 by the half-hour mark. Sale finished the half stronger though and were rewarded when Neil Briggs crossed for the opening try from a driving maul deep inside Harlequins' half.
Addison added the extras which meant the visitors led 10-3 at half-time but Quins drew level midway through the second half when they were awarded a penalty try which Jackson converted.
The rest of the half was a tight affair but Addison sealed his side's win with a 77th minute penalty.
Try: Penalty try
Pen: Addison 2
Harlequins: 15 Aaron Morris, 14 Charlie Walker, 13 Matt Hopper, 12 Winston Stanley, 11 Alofa Alofa, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Charlie Mulchrone, 8 Mat Luamanu, 7 Dave Ward (c), 6 George Naoupu, 5 James Horwill, 4 George Merrick, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Rob Buchanan, 1 Owen Evans
Replacements: 16 Jack Clifford, 17 Matt Shields, 18 Tyler Gendall, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Luke Wallace, 21 Luc Jones, 22 Tim Swiel, 23 Joe Marchant
Sale: 15 Mike Haley, 14 Denny Solomona, 13 Will Addison (c), 12 Mark Jennings, 11 Byron McGuigan, 10 Sam James, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Laurence Pearce, 7 Magnus Lund, 6 TJ Ioane, 5 Jonathan Mills, 4 Bryn Evans, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Neil Briggs, 1 Ross Harrison
Replacements: 16 Cameron Neild, 17 James Flynn, 18 Kieran Longbottom, 19 George Nott, 20 Ben Curry, 21 Peter Stringer, 22 Dan Mugford, 23 Johnny Leota
Referee: Matthew O’Grady (England)
Assistant Referees: Gareth Copsey (England), Darryl Chapman (England)
Northampton 50-10 Scarlets
The home side were in a rampant mood as they outscored the Scarlets by eight tries to one with captain Ben Foden leading the way with a brace of five-pointers.
The visitors opened the scoring in the fourth minute before Foden crossed for the opening try three minutes later. The Scarlets were soon back in front when Tom Williams crossed the whitewash.
McBryde added the extras but that would be the final time that the Welsh region would score points as the Saints upped the ante on attack. Jamie Gibson, Foden and Mikey Haywood scored further tries of which Stephen Myler converted two which gave them a comfortable 24-10 lead at the interval.
It was more of the same after the break with Harry Mallinder and Ken Pisi also dotting down before James Fish sealed the win with a brace of tries late in the match.
Tries: Foden 2, Gibson, Haywood, Mallinder, K Pisi, Fish 2
Cons: Myler 5
Northampton: 15 Ahsee Tuala, 14 Ken Pisi, 13 Nafi Tuitavake, 12 Harry Mallinder, 11 Ben Foden (c), 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Sam Dickinson, 7 Lewis Ludlam, 6 Jamie Gibson, 5 Christian Day, 4 Michael Paterson, 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Mikey Haywood, 1 Ethan Waller
Replacements: 16 James Fish, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Paul Hill, 19 David Ribbans, 20 James Craig, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 Rory Hutchinson, 23 Juan Pablo Estelles
Scarlets: 15 Dion Jones, 14 Tom Williams, 13 Richard Smith, 12 Rhodri Jones, 11 Morgan Griffiths, 10 Billy McBryde, 9 Connor Lloyd, 8 Morgan Allen (c), 7 Shaun Evans, 6 Tom Phillips, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 4 Josh Helps, 3 Simon Gardiner, 2 Dafydd Hughes, 1 Gethin Robinson
Replacements: 16 Rhys Fawcett, 17 Torin Myhill, 18 Javan Sebastian, 19 Phil Day, 20 Jack Condy, 21 Rhodri Cole, 22 Jack Maynard, 23 Ashley Evans
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
Assistant Referees: Wayne Falla (England), Clare Daniels (England)