|Sale: (15) 25|
|Tries: R du Preez, Roebuck, JL du Preez Cons: R du Preez 2 Pens: R du Preez 2|
|Bristol: (17) 20|
|Tries: O’Conor 2 Cons: Sheedy 2 Pens: MacGinty 2|
Sale held off a late Bristol charge to consolidate second spot in the Premiership with a 25-20 win.
Piers O’Conor scored two first-half tries to help the Bears lead 17-15 at the break as the visitors’ kicking game kept Sale at bay.
The two sides traded penalties early in the second period before Jean-Luc du Preez forced his way over from close range with 12 minutes left.
Bristol piled on pressure but Sale held firm for a seventh win from nine games.
Sale move on to 32 points, nine off leaders Saracens and six ahead of third-placed Harlequins.
Bristol’s sixth-successive loss sees them stay second-from-bottom – the losing bonus point moved them four clear of London Irish, who have a game in hand.
More to follow.
Sale: Carpenter; Roebuck, S James, S Hill, McGuigan; R du Preez, Warr; Harrison, van der Merwe, Schonert, Wiese, Beaumont, JL du Preez, Ross (capt), D du Preez.
Replacements: Taylor, McIntyre, Jones, Birch, Dugdale, Simpson, Wilkinson, Reed.
Bristol: Piutau; Morahan, O’Conor, Bedlow, Ibitoye; Sheedy, Porter; Woolmore, Byrne, Lahiff, Batley, Vui, Luatua (capt), Harding, Bradbury.
Replacements: Thacker, Benz-Salomon, Tyack, Hawkins, Heenan, Uren, MacGinty, Jenkins.
Referee: Adam Leal