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Match Report: Sale Sharks 36 London Irish 7

15 Sep 2017
Match Report: Sale Sharks 36 London Irish 7

A convincing Sale Sharks put in their best performance of the Aviva Premiership Rugby season to date to secure a bonus-point victory over London Irish, their first of the campaign.

Steve Diamond’s side sparkled on a crisp night, running in five tries in a display to dazzle their home crowd under the Friday night lights, including a double for Denny Solomona.

The contest began at a frenetic pace and, after AJ MacGinty had kicked an early penalty, Sale raced into a healthy lead.

Sharks built a rolling maul too strong for the visiting defence, perfectly placed to allow prop Ross Harrison to bundle over for a rare try on 13 minutes, his first for the club.

Five minutes later, a sharp passing combination between Faf de Klerk and Solomona sent the England international speedster under the posts to open up a 17-point advantage from which they were to never look back.

And Solomona was not to be done there, capitalising on a passing error from the Exiles deep in opposition territory,  sweeping up and running the length of the field for a second score of the night.

Irish came out after half-time with intent but after Blair Cowan was sin-binned, Sale spread the play and Josh Charnley broke a tackle and touched down to bag a bonus point.

Nick Kennedy’s outfit got off and running with a penalty try after a spell of incessant pressure, though were reduced to 14 men after Cowan was sent off.

That allowed Jennings to get in on the act late on, scoring from a wide position after good work from replacement Mike Haley, with MacGinty profiting with 11 points from the boot.