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.
69′ TRY – Mark Jennings gets Sales 5th. He has been Outstanding tonight in midfield! #SALvLIR [36-7]
— Sale Sharks (@SaleSharksRugby) September 15, 2017
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.
— London Irish (@LiRFC) September 15, 2017
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.