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Sale cruise to bonus point win in Spain

14 Jan 2012
Sale cruise to bonus point win in Spain

Sale Sharks secured their biggest away victory in Europe with a straightforward 69-10 Amlin Challenge Cup win over Spanish champions La Vila.

Rob Miller scored 24 points, including two tries, while Tom Brady and Richie Vernon also claimed a brace as the Sharks ran in 11 tries in Alicante.

Steve Diamond's team will become the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition if they beat Pool Five leaders Brive at Edgeley Park next Thursday.

Brady opened the scoring after 10 minutes before Joaquin Tuculet and Joe Ward followed. Sale were showing the form that has established them as an Aviva Premiership Rugby play-off contender, but they suffered a scare in the second quarter as La Vila clawed their way back into the game.

Welshman Tim Evans won a footrace to cross the whitewash to cut the lead to 17-10, but any nerves this created were soon forgotten as the Sharks struck back twice in the final minutes of the half, Miller securing a bonus point before Vernon grabbed his first on the stroke of half-time.

It was all Sale in the second half as they made the most of perfect conditions to run in six more tries. Replacement Will Cliff started the ball rolling just four minutes after he had come onto the field, and Miller, Brady, Scott Mathie, Vernon and Jordan Davies all kept the scoreboard ticking over regularly and complete the emphatic win.

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