Tries: JP du Preez, McGuigan, Hammersley, Langdon Cons: MacGinty 2
Sale survived simultaneous sin-binnings as they got here from behind to get a late bonus-point victory at Bathtub and enhance their Premiership play-off bid.
The 2 sides have been tied 17-17 on the break after a primary half of 5 tries.
Sale spent seven minutes two males down with out yellow-carded pair Cobus Wiese and teen Raffi Quirke, however Bathtub solely managed a Rhys Priestland penalty.
Curtis Langdon then received over from a driving line-out for Sale’s fourth attempt to raise them above Exeter into second.
Sale are actually 14 factors away from fifth-placed Northampton, who’ve 4 video games left – however the Sharks’ closing three video games are all towards fellow top-four sides as they chase a primary Premiership title since 2006.
However Sharks boss Alex Sanderson revealed afterwards that England centre Manu Tuilagi is anticipated to be again match for the video games with leaders Bristol on Friday 28 Could, adopted by one other dwelling sport towards Harlequins, then the final-day journey to Exeter on Saturday 12 June.
Reigning champions Exeter could have an opportunity to climb again into second once they play London Irish on Tuesday evening.
Bathtub led 3 times within the first half after tries by Cameron Redpath and Josh Bayliss, each transformed by Wales worldwide Priestland, who additionally kicked a penalty.
JP du Preez, Byron McGuigan and Simon Hammersley all crossed too for Sale, however AJ MacGinty managed only one conversion, in addition to lacking a penalty.
And Sale’s defensive work, particularly after the lack of two males, arrange the platform for his or her late try-scoring rally completed off by reserve hooker Langdon after Bathtub had themselves been lowered to 14 males following skipper Charlie Ewels’ yellow card.
Even then there was nonetheless another twist with 5 extra minutes of added time after Sale winger McGuigan was additionally sin-binned – the third of the evening and the twenty first of the season for the Sharks – however Sale once more held agency.
Bathtub, who picked up solely a shedding bonus level, had their evening additional soured by a nasty first-half ankle harm to South African hooker Jacques du Toit, who was stretchered off on his first begin.
He was changed by Bathtub academy graduate Tom Doughty, who was making his first look after being recalled from mortgage at Championship aspect Coventry, as cowl for the suspended Tom Dunn.
Bathtub rugby director Stuart Hooper:
“I’m pissed off however credit score to Sale for holding us out. They’ve now received pretty much as good an opportunity as anybody on the market.
“We had moments once we might, and doubtless ought to, have gained.
“However there have been moments in different video games once we ought to have gained.”
Sale director of rugby Alex Sanderson advised BBC Radio 5 dwell:
“It is a rollercoaster. Entertaining for everybody else, however not for me. It was psychological turmoil. However we have not been there (to Twickenham) for 15 years and we’re on the cost.
“A pleasant Brucie bonus win retains us in rivalry for the semi-finals and we have now received a couple of large gamers coming again on the proper time of the season.
“I am not blissful about all of the yellow playing cards we get. We will deal with it however, on the flip aspect, we have gained eight out of 10 video games once we’ve received a yellow card. The boys appear to step up at any time when we get one.”
Bathtub: de Glanville; Watson, Clark, Redpath, Muir; Priestland, Chudley; Schoeman, du Toit, Thomas, Spencer, Ewels, Bayliss, Underhill, Mercer.