Sale Sharks leapfrogged play-off rivals Bristol Bears into second place within the English Premiership with a powerful 40-7 win on the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday.
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The thumping victory places the Sharks two factors forward of the Bears, who’ve now suffered back-to-back defeats after an extended successful run.
The hosts flew out of the blocks and a medical opening half-hour from Steve Diamond’s aspect set the tone for a ruthless show from his skilled staff.
Luke James, Denny Solomona and Faf de Klerk crossed for transformed tries inside 20 minutes.
Sale wrapped up their bonus level simply after the half-hour mark when Solomona capitalised on one other Bristol dealing with error, slipping in Sam James for a straightforward strive.
The Bears gave themselves a lifeline simply earlier than the break.
AJ MacGinty’s dangerous cross was minimize out by Alapati Leiua and the Samoa centre sprinted clear for a strive, with Tiff Eden slotting over the conversion.
Nevertheless, any slim likelihood of an away comeback was quashed by a ruthless begin to the second half from the house aspect.
De Klerk’s low cross contained in the 22 caught out Bears’s defence and MacGinty fed James for his second strive.
Marland Yarde scrambled over a sixth Sharks strive on 53 minutes, with MacGinty kicking over his fifth conversion to take Diamond’s aspect as much as the 40-point mark.