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Selling too strong for London Irish as they coast to victory

The Sale Sharks, who had five tries, secured a 37-14 win over London Irish at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The home side started the game on the front foot and their dominance paid off when Dan du Preez charged in to open the scoring, with Rob du Preez adding the extras to give them a 7-0 lead.

Rob du Preez extended the hosts’ lead, scoring a penalty after the visitors reduced the scrum to make it 10-0 after 25 minutes.

On the eve of half-time, the home side pushed their advantage when Joe Carpenter touched down in the left corner after the ball was sent down the back.

Rob du Preez’s poor conversion attempt failed to clear the uprights to make it 15-0.

The visitors responded instantly with Ollie Hassell-Collins recovering the loose ball after Sale knocked down the restart and rushed into the corner, with Paddy Jackson’s impressive kick making it 15-7 at the pause.

The hosts were on the scoreboard less than three minutes after the restart, Raffi Quirke’s box kick taking an awkward rebound which caught the Irish defense off guard, allowing Tom Roebuck to sneak in and touch the ball, Rob Du Preez adding the conversion to push the lead to 22-7.

The visitors reacted quickly, with Benhard van Rensburg landing in the corner after the ball broke away from a lineout, Jackson again perfect with the kick to make it 22-14.

The bonus point try came soon after, with Roebuck eventually ending up under the posts after several line breaks, despite taking a bad shot from both his counterpart and the posts scoring the try . Du Preez added the extras to make it 29-14.

The visitors’ attempts to get back into the game never really mattered due to unforced errors, sloppy kicks or poor decision-making.

This neglect also crept into their defense as a high tackle from Chandler Cunningham-Smith gave Rob du Preez the opportunity to extend the lead further, which he seized to make it 32- 14 with just over ten minutes to go.

There was still time for one more try for the home side, with another rolling maul allowing Ewan Ashman to put his name on the scoresheet to make it 37-14.

Substitute Tom Curtis was unable to add the conversion and the home side saw the game end to claim top spot in the Gallagher Premiership.