Sale Sharks beat Newport to book home Qtr

Mike Haley of Sale Sharks celebrates with his team

Sale Sharks booked a place in the European Challenge Cup quarter finals by beating Newport Gwent Dragons 38-5 in Pool Two at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Sale outscoered the Dragons by five tries to one in the contest earning them the bonus point and allowing them to finish as Pool Two winners.

As winners of the Pool Sale Sharks will have a home quarter final in Salford.

The match was all but won by half time as Sale were leading 24-0 at the whistle after Brian Mujati and Josh Beaumont had scored tries either side of a penalty try.

Unwanted England flyhalf Danny Cipriani scored 11 points and put in another fine performance and set up Nev Edwards for a try before the Dragons sent over Ashton Hewitt for a consolation try.

Sale Sharks fifth and final try was scored by fullback Mike Haley.

Newport had already qualified for the knockout stages so they too will progress to the last eight in the Challenge Cup.

Final Score Sale Sharks 38 (24) Newport Gwent Dragons 5 (0)

Scorers

Sale Sharks
Tries – Mujati, Penalty, Beaumont, Edwards, Haley
Pen – Cipriani
Con – Cipriani 4, Ford
Drop –

Newport Gwent Dragons
Tries – Hewitt
Pen –
Con –
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland),
Assistant ref: David Wilkinson (Ireland),
Assistant ref: Sean Gallagher (Ireland),
TMO: Seamus Flannery (Ireland),
Citing Commissioner: Eddie Wigglesworth (Ireland)

Teams

Sale Sharks: Michael Haley; Will Addison, Sam James, Johnny Leota, Neville Edwards; Danny Cipriani, Peter Stringer; Eifion Lewis-Roberts, Tommy Taylor, Brian Mujati, Bryn Evans, Andrei Ostrikov, Cameron Neild, Magnus Lund, Josh Beaumont (c)

Replacements: Neil Briggs, Ross Harrison, Vadim Cobilas, Jon Mills, Mark Easter, james mitchell, Joe Ford, Mark Jennings

Newport Gwent Dragons: Carl Meyer; Ashton Hewitt, Adam Hughes, Adam Warren, Hallam Amos; Jason Tovey, Sarel Pretorius; Phil Price, T Rhys Thomas (c), Brok Harris, Cory Hill, Rynard Landman, Lewis Evans, Nic Cudd, Toby Faletau

Replacements: Elliot Dee, Boris Stankovich, Shaun Knight, Matthew Screech, Ed Jackson, Charlie Davies, Angus O’Brien, Nick Scott

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