|Sale (28) 42|
|Tries: Roebuck, Van der Merwe, Wiese 2, D du Preez, Reed Cons: R du Preez 4, Wilkinson 2|
|Bristol (0) 19|
|Tries: Fricker, Hughes 2 Cons: Sheedy 2|
Sale ended their Premiership season with a convincing victory towards Bristol Bears on the AJ Bell Stadium.
Tries from Tom Roebuck, Akker van der Merwe and a Cobus Wiese double secured the try-scoring bonus level for the house aspect within the first half.
Bristol’s Toby Fricker crossed earlier than Dan Du Preez restored the four-try hole.
Aaron Reed scored once more for Sale earlier than Nathan Hughes supplied two late comfort tries on his ultimate Bristol look.
Each side went into the sport with nothing to play for aside from factors and satisfaction, with a top-four spot out of attain for Sale and European Problem Cup rugby beckoning for Bristol.
Faf de Klerk captained Sale in his one centesimal and ultimate look for the membership and the hosts by no means regarded again after getting off to a flier.
Roebuck gave Sharks the lead inside seven minutes after Sam Jones had already had a attempt disallowed.
Van der Merwe then powered via plenty of Bristol challenges to double the Bears’ benefit.
Wiese’s two tries got here both aspect of a disallowed breakout attempt for Fricker.
Fricker did get his attempt to give Bristol’s followers one thing to cheer however additional scores from Du Preez and Hughes gave Sale a deserved, dominant victory.
De Klerk, Hammersley – who is about to retire – Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Lood de Jager all performed their ultimate video games for the Sharks as they completed sixth within the desk, with Bristol tenth.
Sale Sharks director of rugby Alex Sanderson:
“Wanting again, it has been a profitable season. There is a little bit of disappointment when you aren’t getting what you need, but it surely’s solely whenever you look again do you realise the friendships you’ve got acquired and the way you’ve got grown.”
On Faf De Klerk and different departing gamers: “As he goes on and strikes on, I want him all the perfect for him and his soon-to-be spouse.
“There’s going to be a bit of little bit of him that is eternally going to be part of the Sale DNA, so we thank for him for that.
“The South Africans which can be going have been an integral a part of placing Sale on the map, it is now as much as us and these younger lads – and this group of northern expertise – all of whom had been on show at present. These lads must take it on.”
Bristol Bears head coach Pat Lam advised BBC Radio Bristol:
“The primary half at present was reflective of our season. Honest play to the boys, we received the second half however we gave away some very delicate tries.
“Generally our talent did not match our ambition. On the finish there have been a few choices there that we did not take.
“We’re enthusiastic about coming again. Once you’ve had a season like this all you need to do is come again in and enhance the issues you already know you may get higher at.”
Sale: Hammersley, Roebuck, S. James, van Rensburg, Reed, R. du Preez, de Klerk (capt), Rodd, van der Merwe, Schonert, Wiese, de Jager, JL du Preez, T. Curry, D. du Preez.
Replacements: Ashman, Harrison, Oosthuizen, Postlethwaite, S. Curry, Warr, Doherty, Wilkinson.
Bristol: Piutau, Morahan, Bates, Leiua, Fricker, Sheedy, Randall, Woolmore, Kerr, Afoa, Hawkins, Vui, Luatua (capt), Thomas, Jeffries.
Replacements: Byrne, Benz-Salomon, Kloska, Holmes, Hughes, Uren, Lloyd, Purdy.