Sale FC bounced back from last week’s new year defeat to claim a precious bonus-point victory at home against Canterbury.

The 33-14 victory saw the hosts move up the table and send their visitors further to the foot, an impressive win coming in main thanks to a powerful opening half in which Sale all but sealed


Fergus Mulchrone, Jarad Williams, Matthew Bradley and Emiliano Calle-Rivas all scored first-half tries with Chris Johnson slotting all four conversions, securing a bonus point and leading 28-0 at the break,

Star man Williams was the standout figure in the first half making some storing carries and scoring a pushover try.

Canterbury rallied in the second half but had left themselves too much to do.

Fly-half Alex Meads’ breakaway score seven minutes after the restart, converted by Kyan Braithwaite, gave the visitors a glimmer of hope.

But forward replacement Jake Pope’s unconverted try for the home side settled the impressive victory.

Persistent pressure and a never-say-die attitude did get the visitors a late consolation try with Sam Rogers dotting down while Dan Smart converted.

Canterbury are now 27 points from safety at the foot of the National League One table, while Sale jumped up two places to eighth. They next head to third in the standings Rosslyn Park on Saturday.

Sale 33 Canterbury 14 – Saturday Jan 11

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