Gloucester beat Sale for first Premiership win

Gloucester bounced back from last week’s loss to Northampton by beating Sale Sharks 34-27 at Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday.

Trailing by 11 points at the break, they were roared on to victory with three tries to finish off a gallant Sharks side, who had Danny Cipriani to thank for pretty much every point they scored.

Sale suffered from a slow start in their defeat to Bath last week, but found themselves ahead inside three minutes thanks to a Tom Arscott try.

England hopeful Cipriani nudged a beautiful chip into the arms of the winger, who finished smartly in the corner.

Cipriani’s boot was again instrumental when Sharks added another score. The fly-half kicked over the Gloucester defence, took the ball in and put a try on a plate for Chris Cusiter, scoring his first try since his move from Glasgow.

There was another debut try soon after. Tom Brady fed Luke Mclean who scored in the right hand corner. Cipriani was again instrumental, taking a quick tap penalty which started the move.

Kingsholm was stunned, with the home side only having two Greig Laidlaw penalties to show for their efforts going into the break.

Gloucester came out fighting in the second half. Laidlaw’s boot continued to keep the hosts in the game, as he narrowed the gap with a penalty straight after the break.

Though Gloucester were stuttering, they had Sale to thank for keeping the game close, with Steve Diamond’s men giving away yet another three points, which narrowed the gap to 12-17.

Things got even better for David Humphreys’ side moments later. Jonny May charged over in the corner to level the scores – what had started out as a terrible day was beginning to look a lot better.

Sale did manage to sneak back into the lead, but not for long. Cipriani’s penalty was immediately cancelled out by a try from Rob Cook, after TMO David Sainsbury had run his eye over it.

Gloucester knew that a four-point lead wasn’t enough to make the game safe, and were relieved when Laidlaw popped over another three points to extend the gap in the closing moments.

Just to make sure there wasn’t any doubt, they managed to bag a penalty try to make the game safe, though a late Cipriani five-pointer did at least give Sale the bonus point.

Final Score Gloucester (6) 34 Sale (17) 27

Scorers

Gloucester
Tries: May, Cook, Penalty Try
Cons: Laidlaw 2
Pens: Laidlaw 5

Sale
Tries: Arscott, Cusiter, McLean, Cipriani
Cons: Cipriani 2
Pen: Cipriani

Match Officials
Referee:
Greg Garner (66th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Stuart Terheege and Kelvin Stewart
TMO: David Sainsbury.

Teams

Gloucester

Rob Cook; Charlie Sharples, Henry Trinder, Billy Twelvetrees (capt), Jonny May; James Hook, Greig Laidlaw; Dan Murphy, Richard Hibbard, John Afoa; Tom Savage, James Hudson; Sione Kalamafoni, Jacob Rowan, Ben Morgan

Replacements:Darren Dawidiuk, Yann Thomas, Sila Puafisi, Tom Palmer, Ross Moriarty, Dan Robson, Mark Atkinson, Steve McColl

Sale Sharks

15 Luke Mclean, 14 Tom Brady, 13 Will Addison, 12 Mark Jennings, 11 Tom Arscott,10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Chris Cusiter, 1 Ross Harrison, 2 Marc Jones, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 4 Nathan Hines, 5 Jonathan Mills, 6 Michael Paterson, 7 David Seymour Captain, 8 Mark Easter

Replacements : 16 Shalva Mamukashvili, 17 Alberto de Marchi, 18 Eifion Lewis Roberts, 19 Andrei Ostrikov, 20 Magnus Lund, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Joe Ford, 23 Andy Forsyth

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