Sale crush Dragons

Date published: January 21 2016

Sale put themselves in position to make the Challenge Cup quarter-finals after a 38-5 one-sided rout of Newport Gwent Dragons.

Danny Cipriani impresed, notably with a clever assist for Nev Edwards to secure Sale's bonus-point in the 47th minute.

Former Springbok prop Brian Mujati opened the scoring after Dragons had lost Hallam Amos to a yellow card for a deliberate knock-on.

A penalty try was followed by new England call-up Josh Beaumont crossing just before half-time to give Sale a commanding 24-0 lead.

Cipriani's magic for Edwards furthered the advantage before the 50-minute mark and the Dragons were facing a whitewash at 31-0 down until Ashton Hewitt went over for a consolation.

Mike Haley however had the last say for the hosts with their fifth try to round off a convincing victory.

The scorers: 

For Sale:
Tries: Mujati, Penalty Try, Beaumont, Edwards, Haley
Cons: Cipriani 4, Ford
Pens: Cipriani

For Dragons:
Tries: Hewitt
Yellow Card: Amos

Sale Sharks: 15 Mike Haley, 14 Will Addison, 13 Sam James, 12 Johnny Leota, 11 Nev Edwards, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Peter Stringer, 8 Josh Beaumont (c), 7 Magnus Lund, 6 Cameron Neild, 5 Andrei Ostrikov, 4 Bryn Evans, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Tommy Taylor, 1 Eifion Lewis Roberts
Replacements: 16 Neil Briggs, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Vadim Cobilas, 19 Jonathan Mills, 20 Mark Easter, 21 James Mitchell, 22 Joe Ford, 23 Mark Jennings

Dragons: 15 Carl Meyer, 14 Ashton Hewitt, 13 Adam Hughes, 12 Adam Warren, 11 Hallam Amos, 10 Jason Tovey, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Nic Cudd, 6 Lewis Evans, 5 Rynard Landman, 4 Cory Hill, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Thomas Rhys Thomas (c), 1 Phil Price
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Boris Stankovich, 18 Shaun Knight, 19 Matthew Screech, 20 Ed Jackson, 21 Charlie Davies, 22 Angus O'Brien, 23 Nick Scott

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: David Wilkinson (Ireland), Sean Gallagher (Ireland)
TMO: Seamus Flannery (Ireland)