Sale Sharks 20-13 Worcester Warriors, AJ Bell Stadium
Sale Sharks managed to hold off Worcester Warriors as they registered a 20-13 win in the sixth round of the Gallagher Premiership at AJ Bell Stadium
The win has taken Sale Sharks to third place in the table with 19 points while Worcester are at 10th after losing four out of the six games.This is also a second consecutive win in the Premiership for the Sharks under Paul Deacon.
The opening points in the came at the end of the first quarter when Aj MacGinty kicked a penalty goal and shortly Faf de Klerk dotted down. The Sale fly-half also kicked the conversion to take the home side to 10-0 lead.
As the break was approaching, MacGinty and Duncan Weir traded penalties as the teams finished the opening half with a 13-3 scoreline.
Worcester pushed hard in the second half with Oli Morris breaching the defence of Sale Sharks and Ted Hill came close but was stopped. However, a penalty from Weir helped them reduce the gap down to seven points.
As the closing time was approaching, a 76th minute touchdown from Jono Ross followed by MacGinty's conversion proved enough despite them conceding a penalty try to Worcester that came with a yellow-card to Tom Curry in the 79th minute.
Sale Sharks now will face Edinburgh and Toulon in the next two weeks in the Heineken Champions Cup while Worcester will line-up against Ospreys and Pau in the European Challenge Cup.
Sale Sharks: S James; Roebuck, R du Preez, S Hill, Yarde; MacGinty, De Klerk; Rodd, Van der Merwe, Oosthuizen, Wiese, JP du Preez, Ross, T Curry, Beaumont.
Reserves: Langdon, Morozov, Cooper-Woolley, Phillips, Dugdale, Cliff, L James, McGuigan.
Worcester Warriors: Pennell; Humphries, O Morris, Beck, David; Weir, Hougaard; Waller, Annett, Schonert, Bresler, Clegg, Hill, Kvesic, Mama.
Reserves: Miller, Thmas, Palframan, Merrick, Du Preez, Lewis, Simpson, Shillcock.
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