We are in round 11 of this season Gallagher English Premiership with Bristol that have stretches their lead on top of the table with their win over Leicester.
There was also important wins for Sale against Exeter which made this weekend win for the Bears just that much more special.
Here is the current standings:
2021 Gallagher English Premiership
It seems we talk every week about how red cards for dangerous clean outs determine the outcome of the matches in the English Premiership and yet again Friday night Sale Sharks beat Exeter after a red card for Jack Yeandle in the 26 minute of the match.
Sale had still to work hard for the win but was good enough to take the win 25-20 over the reigning champions.
The game got off to a great start when Faf de Klerk showed his class with a perfect pass to McGuigan to get over with only 4 minutes on the clock.
Exeter replied with a brilliant try from Cordero who beat four defenders to go in under the sticks.
A penalty from MacGinty put Sale ahead on the scoreboard but Lonsdale try from the line out maul saw the visitors get their second try of the match.
Sale then saw their captain send off with a yellow card for a challenge in the air but the drama was not over.
A minute later Exeter captain,Yeandle was send off with a straight red card for a dangerous cleanup in the ruck. This red card for Yeandle was the sixth red card in the Premiership in the past seven days.
Sale through they have capitalised on the extra man when MacGinty got over but after the TMO came in, the try was overruled because their was a knock-on in the build-up to the try.
Sale would get that try just before the end of the half when Rodd got over the whitewash.
Sale discipline was not great in the second and gave three penalties away to give Exeter the opportunity to attack five meters out with a line out. It was Simmonds that got over for the champions.
MacGinty had a second try disallowed after there was obstruction from Wiese in the build-up.
With ten minutes left in the game, Langdon picked up a ball form the base of the mail and got over. MacGinty got a penalty over with five minutes left which left Exeter to chase the game.
Sale was able to keep a desperate Exeter team out in that final minutes to take a important win over the defending champions.
|Sale (15) 25|
|Tries: McGuigan, Rodd, Langdon Cons: MacGinty 2 Pens: MacGinty 2|
|Exeter (15) 20|
|Tries: Cordero, Lonsdale, S Simmonds Con: J Simmonds Pen: J Simmonds|
Bristol Bears extended their spot on the top of the Premiership table when they beat Leicester 17-3 on Saturday.
They are now six points clear of the current champions, Exeter after they loss against Sale on Friday.
It as not the best performance from the Bears, but getting the job done will be good enough for now.
The Tigers took the lead early in the match with a penalty from Joaquin Diaz Bonilla.
Bristol scored both their tries just before halftime through Capon and O’Conor against 14 men. Matias Morono was yellow carded for a deliberate knock-on which changed the game.
With the lead of 14-3 at the break, Bristol was in a good position. The Tigers did well not to concede more in the second half but one can not play with 14 and 13 men these days at this level.
|Bristol (14) 17|
|Tries: Capon, O’Conor Cons: Lloyd 2 Pen: Lloyd|
|Leicester (3) 3|
It was one of those classic matches on Saturday when Newcastle be a Harlequins 25-22.
If one think about it, the Falcons have not played in two weeks. Their last two games was called off do to the coronavirus outbreak.
The first points came from Cullum Chick running a brilliant support line to get over.
Next it was Mulipola who got over after a pick-and-go but Harlequins hit back immediately with their captain Lewies getting his hands on a loose ball.
Newcastle led 14-7 at the break.
Newcastle still dominated the game in the second half which saw Radwan going over after the put loads of pressure on Quins line.
It was then the time for Tyron Green who scored two brilliant individual tries to level things up.
Penalties separated the two teams at the end with Connon getting one over with 1 minute to go.
|Newcastle (14) 25|
|Tries: Chick, Mulipola, Radwan Cons: Connon 2 Pens: Connon 2|
|Harlequins (7) 22|
|Tries: Lewies, Green 2 Cons: Smith 2 Pens: Smith|
Wasp have now lost four out five matches when London Irish beat them 16-10 over the weekend.
It was not the best game to watch with plenty of mistakes from both sides in that first half.
Paddy Jackson kicked two penalty early on to give London Irish the lead with Umaga getting one back for Wasp.
Tom Willis score for Wasp just before the break to give them a 10-6 lead going into halftime.
It was Jackson’s late penalty that sealed the win for London Irish.
|Wasps (10) 10|
|Tries: Willis Con: Umaga Pen: Umaga|
|London Irish (6) 16|
|Tries: Hassell-Collins Con: Jackson Pens: Jackson 3|
Gloucester got only their second win of the season on Saturday when they beat Worcester 22-14.
It was a great try from Nick David’s that gave Worcester the lead early on but Gloucester Twelvetrees counter that to make the halftime score 7-5 for the visitors.
A penalty try after the break extended Worcester lead but Gloucester hit back with two quick tries by Alemanno and Seabrook to take the lead for the first time in the match with about 20 to go.
They added a late penalty form Barton to seal only their second win of the season.
|Gloucester (5) 22|
|Tries: Twelvetrees, Alemanno, Seabrook Cons: Twelvetrees 2 Pen: Barton|
|Worcester (7) 14|
|Tries: David, Penalty try Con: Shillcock|