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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 December 2007, 22:11 GMT
Sale 32-10 Bayonne
European Challenge Cup

Sale (6) 32
Tries: Laharrague, Ripol (2), McAlister
Cons: Hodgson (3)
Pens: Hodgson (3)

Bayonne (5) 10
Tries: Roumieu, Marfaing

Luke McAlister scored a bonus-point try on his home debut as Sale beat Bayonne to close in on a place in the the European Challenge Cup last eight.

Sharks woke up in the second quarter of the match when Charlie Hodgson landed two penalties to put his side ahead.

David Roumieu then went over for Bayonne but the conversion was missed.

In the second period Sale dominated thanks to tries from Oriol Ripol (two), Julien Laharrague and McAlister, Benoit Marfaing grabbing a consolation try.


Sale: Laharrague, Ripol, McAlister, Thomas, Hanley, Hodgson, Martens; Faure, Briggs, Roberts, Schofield, Day, J. Fernandez Lobbe, Lund, Chabal.
Replacements: Lawson, Turner, C. Jones, Bonner-Evans, Wigglesworth, Keil, Mayor.

Bayonne: Acebes, Gerber, Garbajosa, Vermis, Ternisien, Edmonds, Sallecanne, Lafond, Roumieu, Loprestti, Springgay, Tewhata, Marmouyet, Massabeau, Deen.
Replacements: Fiorini, Iguiniz, Usandisaga, Bergez, Bernad, Marfaing, Tilloles.



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