Aviva Premiership: Gloucester win puts more pressure on Sale Sharks
Last Updated: 24/11/12 7:43pm
Fly-half Freddie Burns kicked 19 points as Gloucester inflicted another Aviva Premiership defeat on Sale on Saturday.
Gloucester confirmed their 29-3 victory with a couple of second-half tries, Akapusi Qera touching down before the late award of a penalty try.
The defeat, an eighth in nine league outings, leaves Sale rooted to the bottom of the table, while Gloucester climb, for 24 hours at least, into third.
The visitors were made to pay for early indiscipline at Kingsholm as Burns landed two penalties within the first 11 minutes to give his side a 6-0 lead.
But lessons were not learned by the Sharks who presented Burns with a further three opportunities inside the first 25 minutes to allow the recent England call-up to extand the advantage to 15-0.
Sale did manage to cut out the mistakes and asserted a certain amount of control towards the end of the half, with Danny Cipriani kicking a three-pointer of his own shortly before the interval to give them renewed hope.
The visitors were much brighter after the break and had several chances to reduce the arrears only to see the final pass let them down on more than one occasion.
They were made to pay for their profligacy just past the hour mark as Gloucester flanker Qera all but killed the game by touching down for a score that Burns converted.
The Cherry and Whites then rubber-stamped victory five minutes from time when a dominant push-on at a scrum saw referee Luke Pearce award a penlaty try that Burns once again converted.
Fri 24th Apr
Bath43 - 18London Irish
Sat 25th Apr
Sale Sharks23 - 25Harlequins
Gloucester42 - 40Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers38 - 17London Welsh
Northampton25 - 20Saracens
Sun 26th Apr
Wasps0 - 0Exeter
Fri 8th May
Harlequins0 - 0Bath
Sat 9th May
Sale Sharks0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Gloucester0 - 0London Irish
Northampton0 - 0London Welsh
Wasps0 - 0Leicester Tigers
Sun 10th May
Saracens0 - 0Exeter
Sat 16th May
Bath0 - 0Gloucester
Exeter0 - 0Sale Sharks
Leicester Tigers0 - 0Northampton
London Irish0 - 0Wasps
London Welsh0 - 0Saracens
Newcastle Falcons0 - 0Harlequins
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