Sale Sharks cruised to victory over 14-man Petrarca but it was not enough to keep them in the race for the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
The Sharks impressed as they ran in eight tries at Edgeley Park to secure a comfortable bonus-point victory over the Italian minnows in Pool Two. However, Brive’s expected victory against Cetransa El Salvador meant the Sharks will miss out on the last eight of Europe’s second-tier competition.
Fly-half Rob Miller ran the show for Sale, scored 17 points including six conversions and a try, as well as having a hand in four more.
Chris Brightwell put Sale on track for an emphatic win with the opening try on 11 minutes. They survived a scare when Petrarca were held up over the line moments later but it was plain sailing from then on. Neil McMillan, Miller and Nick Macleod all crossed to wrap up a bonus point before half-time.
Prop Henry Thomas resumed the scoring after the break on 44 minutes before Will Cliff, Mathew Tait and John Kennedy all crossed to complete the rout, which ended with the hosts facing 14 men following a second yellow card for hooker Agustin Costa Repetto.
However they remain seven points behind Brive with just one game remaining, after former Wales number eight Alix Popham scored the bonus-point try in their 52-3 win over Spaniards El Salvador at Stade Pelouse Amedee-Domenech.