Tom Arscott scored twice as Sale Sharks signed off this year’s LV=Cup campaign with a resounding win over the Scarlets at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Steve Diamond’s side were never behind in the match, Dan Braid’s early try followed by scores for Mike Haley and Arscott as Sale took a commanding lead into the break.
Arscott’s second confirmed the bonus point for the home side before Tom Brady and Viliami Fihaki’s tries added gloss to a dominant performance that will give Sale confidence ahead of testing Aviva Premiership Rugby games against London Welsh, Saracens and Leicester Tigers later this month.
Sale were quick out the blocks, an early penalty kicked to the corner and from the subsequent lineout openside Braid scored off the back of a rolling maul, Nick Macleod converting for 7-0 after just four minutes.
The Scarlets’ first foray into Sale’s 22 looked to have resulted in a try for Darran Harris but he was bundled into touch just before he grounded the ball.
Shortly after the Sharks were penalised at the lineout, allowing Frazier Climo to put the Welsh side on the board with an easy three points.
Sale extended their lead in the 17th minute, Johnny Leota’s break in midfield allowing full-back Haley to dot down, Macleod again converting.
Haley blew two chances in quick succession to double his account, knocking on from kicks by Arscott and Mark Cueto with the try-line undefended.
It was Haley’s try-saving tackle on Adam Warren that then brought about the key moment in the half as Arscott streaked the length of the pitch to score, Macleod’s conversion making it 21-3 at half-time.
Arscott sealed the bonus point for Sale soon after the break, crossing for his second to take it to 26-3 after replacement fly-half Joe Ford missed the conversion.
Brady came off the bench for his 100th appearance for the Sharks, marking his landmark within moments of coming on with a fine try, Ford again unsuccessful with the extras.
And a late penalty, kicked to the corner, saw the rolling maul once again bring the hosts a score, this time replacement No.8 Fihaki burrowing over, with Ford’s conversion closing out a comprehensive victory.
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