Sale Sharks 28-27 Wasps, AJ Bell Stadium
Marland Yarde scored a try in the last second as Sale Sharks snatched a 28-27 victory over Wasps in their Aviva Premiership encounter at AJ Bell Stadium on Friday.
The win has taken Sale Sharks to 52 points and are at the fifth position with their difference over third-placed Wasps coming down to four points now, keeping them in contention for a play-off spot. Sale Sharks have never reached a top-four finish since 2006 when they were crowned champions but they have an opportunity to break the shackles this time around.
The win for Sale Sharks looked unlikely with the start Wasps had with Daly kicking a seventh-minute penalty goal and a double from Josh Bassett in the 10th and 19th minutes that were set up by fullback Willie le Roux. With Jimmy Gopperth kicking both the conversions, Dai Young's men had a 0-17 lead.
The response from Sale Sharks came in the 24th minute when AJ MacGinty kicked a three-pointer and with four minutes to go for the halftime, Rob Webber (36') and winger Byron McGuigan (39') scored tries as they reduced the trail to 15-17 heading into the break.
Sale maintained their momentum in the second half when Bryn Evans crashed past the line in the 41st minute. MacGinty missed out on the conversion but a penalty goal took them to a 23-17 lead. Wasps finally recovered with Christian Wade sending Daly on the right wing and Gopperth's conversion took the visitors to one point lead.
With a tight game on the cards, Wasps suffered a massive setback when Danny Cipriani was sin-binned in the 56th minute but they were fortunate not to concede any point despite having one man down during that phase and instead Gopperth penalty goal provided them a breathing space of four-point lead.
They were not lucky second time around when James Haskell was yellow-carded in the 80th minute and with Cipriani stretchered off the field with a nasty collision, Yarde finished well on the left touchline to complete a thrilling bonus point win for Sale Sharks.
Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the world...it can only be the Aviva Premiership.
12 teams compete in the league over a season, playing every team both home and away, before four move into the playoffs and one is relegated.
The division is becoming more and more exciting as each year passes by so who will be lifting silverware at Twickenham in May?
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