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Sale triumphed at home to Wasps as Exeter overtook Bristol to record crowds at Sandy Park in Saturday’s two Premiership games; Three more games on Sunday at 3pm

Last updated: 01/01/22 18:59


Rohan Janse van Rensburg was among the goal scorers in Sale’s victory over the Wasps

Let’s summarize the action of Saturday’s two games in the Gallagher Premiership, which saw the Sale Sharks triumph at home against the Wasps and the Exeter Chiefs defeat Bristol in a West Country derby clash …

Sale Sharks 26-18 Wasps

The balances were triumphant in their first Premiership match since November, when they overtook the Wasps for a bonus point success at AJ Bell Stadium.

Wasps had few answers on the Sharks’ offensive and defensive prowess throughout the day as the hosts scored a well-deserved five points.

Goals from Jean-Luc du Preez, Marland Yarde, Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Ben Curry secured the home side the bonus point for the try, with AJ MacGinty converting three.

The Wasps were leading with an early try from Josh Bassett, but two penalties and a converted try from Jimmy Gopperth – in as opening half for the suspended Jacob Umaga – were the only other points they could pick up.

The result means that Sale has secured a very welcome fourth win of the league campaign, while Lee Blackett’s Wasps appear to be in a predicament as this was their seventh defeat in their last eight games in all competitions.

Trip from Bath to London Irish canceled

Bath’s Premiership match against London Irish on Monday was canceled after more positive Covid-19 test results.

Exeter Chiefs 19-13 Bristol Bears

Bristol suffered their fourth straight Premiership defeat when Exeter toppled them in front of a record crowd in Sandy Park.

The Chiefs’ new development of the East Stand allowed an attendance of 14,100 for the West Country derby, and Exeter remained firmly in the running for the playoffs thanks to a state of the art success.

Halftime tries, winger Tom O’Flaherty and lockout Jonny Hill, with opening half Joe Simmonds adding a conversion, put them in control of the game.

Stuart Hogg cheers after scoring a try in Exeter's win over Bristol

Stuart Hogg cheers after scoring a try in Exeter’s win over Bristol

But a gloomy second period of few scoring chances erupted in the final minutes as Bristol replacement Henry Purdy claimed a breakaway try that Callum Sheedy converted, adding to his previous penalty.

Exeter’s lead was suddenly threatened, but they dug deep and confirmed their seventh Premiership win of their season when Scotland captain Stuart Hogg scored in the final and Simmonds added the extras, although Sheedy’s penalty all ’80’ gave the Bears a losing bonus point.

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