Saints beat Sale to boost play-off chances

Northampton's forwards piled plenty of pressure on Sale
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Sale (7) 12
Tries: Charnley, Evans Con: James
Northampton (15) 32
Tries: K Pisi, Paterson 2, Waller Cons: Myler 3 Pens: Myler 2

Northampton Saints boosted their Premiership play-off chances with a bonus-point win at Sale Sharks, who are still not clear of relegation trouble.

After a scoreless opening 28 minutes, Saints' Ken Pisi dived over and Michael Paterson touched down on the try-line.

Josh Charnley raced onto Mike Haley's chip through for Sale's first try, but Saints still led 15-7 at the break.

Paterson was driven over for his second and Ethan Waller raced in a fourth, either side of Bryn Evans' consolation.

Sixth-placed Saints are now four points behind Bath in fourth, while Sale have a 12-point buffer to bottom-side Bristol, who play Worcester on Sunday.

More to follow.

Sale: Haley; Solomona, Leota, Jennings, Charnley; James, Phillips; Harrison, Webber, Aulika, Evans, Mills, Nield, Lund, Beaumont (capt).

Replacements: T Curry, Flynn, Longbottom, Nott, B Curry, Seymour, Stringer, Mugford, McGuigan.

Northampton: Tuala; K Pisi, Tuitavake, Mallinder, Foden (capt); Myler, Groom; Waller, Haywood, Brookes, Paterson, Craig, Gibson, Clark, Harrison.

Replacements: Clare, Waller, Hill, Ratuniyarawa, Dickinson, Dickson, Estelles, Wilson.

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