Braid try earns Sale Sharks victory over Quins.

Dan Braid scored a late try for Sale Sharks to earn them a 12-16 Aviva Premiership victory over Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday.

The victory was Sale Sharks first victory at the Stoop in six years and will go down as a famous victory for Steve Diamond’s team.

Braid’s try was one that looked like it would never come in what was an incredibly tight game.

A dull first half produced minimal opportunity for the crowd to get excited on a bitterly cold night.

Sale’s Danny Cipriani scored two penalties and missed two more in the opening exchange, whilst Evans took his points for the season past 50 with two of his own.

But the second half had some excitement, and after a penalty each, Braid went over for a huge win for the Sharks, their first away victory since April.

Cipriani opened the scoring just three minutes in after a strong start from the visiting side. But Evans pulled back soon after, in a game where he stretched his successful kick record at The Stoop to 19 from 19.

Cipriani missed two from distance in the half, though he did take one from slightly closer. That came following an Evans kick, in a half where neither side could gain the upper hand.

Sale’s David Seymour and Tom Arscott were forced off late in the half due to injury.

The second half began as the first ended, with neither team forcing their way forward. Evans got the first points of the half with a penalty, though Cipriani equalised moments later.

Those two scores did liven up the crowd however, and that began to speed up the game, with both sides looking to run away with the points.

Evans continued his perfect kicking, and he was on hand to stop Sale going over, as he got on the end of a Sharks kick with bodies baying.

But he could do nothing to stop the eventual only try of the match.

A big push forward saw the visitors threaten to go over on a number of occasions, but it was the skipper who eventually did, as Braid forced his way through to put Sale on the brink. Cipriani converted to stretch the lead.

Quins threw everything forward to try and preserve their impressive home record of only 1 defeat in 12, but it was not to be as Sale battened down the hatches to secure a monumental victory.

In the process, Diamond’s side leapfrogged their opponents in to 6th place, with their first win against the Quins in over four years.

Final Score Harlequins 12 (6) Harlequins Sale Sharks 16 (6)


Tries –
Pen – Evans 4
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Sale Sharks
Tries – Braid
Pen – Cipriani 3
Con – Cipriani
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Tom Foley (2nd Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Andrew Pearce and Nigel Carrick.
TMO: Roy Maybank.



15. Ross Chisholm,14. Charlie Walker,13. Matt Hopper,12. Tom Casson,11. Ollie Lindsay-Hague,10. Nick Evans,9. Karl Dickson,8. Nick Easter (C),7. Luke Wallace ,6. Joe Trayfoot,5. George Robson,4. Charlie Matthews, 3. Kyle Sinckler,2. Dave Ward ,1. Mark Lambert

Replacements : 16. Rob Buchanan,17. Darryl Marfo,18. Will Collier,19. Sam Twomey,20. Jack Clifford,21. Danny Care,22. Tim Swiel,23. Jordan Turner-Hall

Sale Sharks

Mike Haley, Tom Brady, Mark Jennings, Sammy Tuitupou, Tom Arscott, Danny Cipriani, Will Cliff, Eifion Lewis-Roberts, Marc Jones, Vadim Cobilas, Jonathan Mills, Michael Paterson, Dan Braid, David Seymour, Josh Beaumont

Replacements Cameron Neild, James Flynn, Ross Harrison, Magnus Lund, Mark Easter, Nathan Fowles,Nick McLeod, Andy Forsyth

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