Sale Sharks trounce Worcester Warriors 58-25 to keep play-off hope alive

Josh Strauss crossed over after the break for Sale
Josh Strauss crossed over after the break for Sale
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Sale Sharks 58-25 Worcester Warriors, AJ Bell Stadium

Sale Sharks came up with a dominant eight-try performance to keep their hopes of play-off alive following their 58-25 victory over Worcester Warriors in their Aviva Premiership face-off at AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday.

The win has taken Sale Sharks to sixth position in the table while Worcester Warriors continue to languish at the 11th position.

Sale Sharks capitalised on the errors made by Worcester Warriors with two tries in the first seven minutes. With the Warriors failing on an off-load, Mike Haley fed Bryn Evans, who in turn sent Ben Curry over the line in the second minute.

The second was set up by a sprint from Marland Yarde, who found Haley and the fullback offloaded one to Faf de Klerk in the 6th minute to put them 12-0 ahead.

After Aj MacGinty and his counterpart Jamie Shillcock traded penalties, but the visitors suffered a major setback when Darren Barry was yellow-carded in the 20th minute for an infringement but despite the setback Shillcock kicked another three-pointer to cut down the gap to nine points.

Sale Sharks pretty much sealed the game in the first half with two more tries coming from Yarde (31') and Denny Solomona (36') as the first half ended 29-6.

Adams and Haley exchanged tries at the start of the second half but further touchdowns from Josh Strauss (51') and Byron McGuigan (58') put Steve Diamond's side in a dominant position of 48-13 at the end of the third quarter. Adams did go over for his second but De Klerk’s three-pointer took the home side past 50 points with 12 minutes remaining. Sale were not finished, though, and O’Connor weaved his way to the line from close range.

The Warriors scored their third try in the 78th minute through Jackson Willison but the damage was already done as they succumbed to a 58-25 defeat.

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