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Sale Sharks 33 Worcester Warriors 27

Mark Cueto equalled Steve Hanley’s Aviva Premiership all-time try scoring record to give Sale Sharks their second Aviva Premiership victory of the season against Worcester Warriors 33-27.

Danny Cipriani, returning to the side after being dropped last week, added 18 points with the boot, as Sale improved on their poor kicking display against Wasps, with James Gaskell and Richie Gray scoring first-half tries.

Andy Goode collected 17 points to become Worcester’s all-time record points scorer, which along with tries for Neil Best and Matt Kvesic, was not enough for the Warriors.

Former England international Goode got Worcester off the mark in the fifth minute with a routine penalty under the posts after Sale infringed at the breakdown.

The Warriors doubled their lead in the eleventh minute as Goode slotted a tricky penalty over the posts from the far left of the pitch, overtaking Shane Drahm’s record in the process.

Goode put the away side nine points ahead in the 13th minute after Sale were penalised for collapsing the maul.

Worcester nearly got their first try of the match in the 17th minute but a rampaging Chris Jones was pushed into touch with a fine last-ditch tackle by Rob Miller.

But Sale got the first try of the game in the 21st minute through Scottish international Gray, diving over the line from five metres, converted by Cipriani.

Worcester hit back in the 27th minute with Best breaking through the last line of defence to dive over the whitewash, with Goode slotting a penalty in front of the posts.

The Warriors were down to 14 men after Chris Pennell was sin-binned for the last ten minutes of the half for infringing at the breakdown.

Sale’s second try arrived after a period of heavy pressure on the Worcester defensive line, as they switched play to the left for Gaskell to power over the line, with Cipriani converting to make it 14-16.

Goode – who collected 18 points in the reverse fixture at Sixways – increased Worcester’s lead straight after the break, with a routine conversion under the posts.

Worcester collected their second yellow card of the evening after Nikki Walker was sin-binned five minutes after the break for intercepting in an offside position. Cipriani successfully converted the resulting penalty to put Sale within two points of the Warriors.

Sale had their noses in front ten minutes later, as Cipriani’s long-range kick just had the length to glide over the posts, before Goode missed his first kick of the game minutes later.

Replacement Fraser McKenzie was shown a yellow card after a high tackle on Semisi Taulava in the 63rd minute, with Goode converting the resulting penalty.

But the 14 men of Sale rallied to switch play to the left for Cueto to score in the corner, with Cipriani adding the extras to rapturous applause.

Goode skewed a vital penalty wide of the posts, before Cipriani added two crucial penalties in the last ten minutes.

And although Kvesic burrowed over late on, it was not enough for Worcester, who had to settle for a losing bonus point. Meanwhile Sale moved to within a point of London Irish before their Big Game 5 clash with Harlequins at Twickenham.

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