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Summary

  1. Cipriani boot seals 15-9 win for Sale over Wasps
  2. Saracens beat Leicester for eighth straight win
  3. Newcastle earn first victory of season against Bath
  4. Gloucester beat London Irish 27-14

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By Matt Newsum

All times stated are UK

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Another thrilling day in the Premiership

FT: Sale 15-9 Wasps

Big wins for Newcastle, Gloucester, Sale and Saracens, the latter whom have won all eight Premiership game so far this season.

Not a great day for Bath, London Irish, Wasps or Leicester conversely.

One more game to come on Sunday, which of course you can follow with us here on BBC Sport.

Join us tomorrow for Worcester v Harlequins as we complete a weekend of action with live text and radio commentary.

Until then, thanks for joining us - enjoy your evening, and goodbye.

FT: Sale 15-9 Wasps

Sale fly-half Danny Cipriani tells BT Sport:

"It was very important for us. We've had two or three games this year where we've deserved to win or certainly get more points out of it than we did.

"As a team we're progressing massively. I felt like I was due to give one to the team today, but our forwards were outstanding again."

Full-time

Sale 15-9 Wasps

One last line-out from Sale is merrily swallowed up and Peter Stringer clips into touch to secure a fine, fine win.

Conditions didn't help but Wasps have been overhauled, Danny Cipriani kicking the points that counted on the night.

Sale did a great job of stifling that brilliant Wasps backline.

Phew. Absorbing, not pretty but engrossing stuff.

Sale 15-9 Wasps

This is definitely the kind of performance that would impress an international coach.

Danny Cipriani has been immaculate with the boot, smart, playing with flourish when possible BUT crucially knows when to play.

Tough effort too.

Drop-goal (Cipriani)

Sale 15-9 Wasps

Danny Cipriani sat in the pocket as the Sale drive tied in the defence and he kept his cool to land the drop goal.

Wasps have a job to do now with just over a minute to go.

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Big kick into the corner from Sale winger Tom Arscott. Game management right there.

Sale have it in the Wasps 22. Big moments here. Can they finish off the visitors?

Penalty (Cipriani)

Sale 12-9 Wasps

Cipriani finds the gap, bisects the posts.

Nice kick. Sale again grab the lead.

Five minutes to go.

Try review (Stringer)

Sale 9-9 Wasps

Peter Stringer's attempts to ground the ball seem to have been foiled by the TMO.

We do go back to the left for a penalty following a collapsed maul.

Steve Diamond looks like a pitbull chewing a wasp in response, with all due respect.

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Will Addison is held up but eventually play is brought back to the left side for collapsing the maul.

And now we're looking back at the video to see if Peter Stringer DID score before.

Sale 9-9 Wasps

Danny Cipriani puts up a kick and Sale come away with it but Wasps hold them up on the line.

They're to the right of the stick and fancying it.

Penalty (Gopperth)

Sale 9-9 Wasps

Wasps might have scored after a thrilling break from the high kick involving Kearnan Myall and James Haskell, but they do get three to go level with a penalty.

That man Gopperth again. On the mark. Parity.

Sale 9-6 Wasps

Wasps sniff a chance and are battering down on the Sale door.

Then they get a penalty,with Sale not moving away at the ruck.

The move all started with a brilliant claim from a high kick that popped up nicely for the visitors.

Will they kick or go for the big play? Of course they'll kick...

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Don't get me wrong, I love a try, a dazzling break and a bit of genius as much as anybody but there is a real purists joy to an arm-wrestle like this.

Oh hang on.... there's a move breaking out!

Sale 9-6 Wasps

Sale looked all at sea for a moment but more smart work at the breakdown sees them come up with the ball.

Line-out to Wasps in midfield but it's a fierce old battle from the resulting maul.

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Sale 9-6 Wasps

Jimmy Gopperth works a fine ball away to James Haskell, who in turn find Dan Robson.

Sale hold firm though, so Wasps move back to the right.

Close quarters at the moment in the hosts 22.

Penalty (Cipriani)

Sale 9-6 Wasps

Sunk neatly by Danny Cipriani and Sale edge ahead again.

Changes aplenty, including Dan Robson for Joe Simpson.

I'm a fan of the ex-Glos man who has a bit of snipe about him.

Sale 6-6 Wasps

Penalty coming Sale way after Joe Launchbury infringes.

Danny Cipriani goes for an ambitious cross-field kick looking for the try but it comes back and the England hopeful - particularly under Eddie Jones - goes for three.

Sale 6-6 Wasps

Wasps break out through Charles Piutau. It's hairs on the neck stuff when he gets the ball but his teammates are unable to offer support and they're turned over.

However Sale turn it over and Rob Miller has to slide into touch with the ball at the other end to stifle the home side.

Sale 6-6 Wasps

The ruck area has definitely calmed down, probably down to fatigue rather than anything else.

Pace of this game has been fairly breakneck at times.

Tom Arscott sucking in some air after being taken trying to bring in the high-ball. Brilliantly secured.

Anyway, Wasps have the line out and look to drive out of trouble with a maul before Joe Simpson box-kicks it downfield.

Sale 6-6 Wasps

Wasps have worked a good position having secured that ball but then... Lorenzo Cittadini comes in at the side of the ruck and hands Sale possession.

Cipriani thumps into the stands.

Time-off, as we see another change. Cobilas heads off and Brian Mujati is on.

Kearnan Myall also heads on, for James Gaskell.

Penalty (Cipriani)

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Danny Cipriani gets the penalty after strong work at scrum-time by Sale.

Vladim Cobilas getting a bit of TLC from the physio in the meantime.

Wasps secure ball from the restart. No end to the ebb and flow.

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Ashley Johnson comes off for Wasps, Ed Shervington is on.

Wasps rotating the pack a little as we edge to the hour mark.

Big shove from Sale wins the penalty at the scrum. Significant marker.

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Lovely kick from Danny Cipriani. Just pops it effortlessly over the top.

Sale march Wasps right back to their own 22 and a line-out. Territorial dominance from Cipriani's boot.

A great kicking game is a joy to watch.

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Final half hour to come then.

Wasps whip the ball away to the right but it's spilled again by Elliot Daly. He might have had the magic touch at the end of the half with that drop goal but he needs a bit of blue-tack for his hands right now.

Will introductions from the bench have any impact? They certainly did in the Newcastle-Bath game.

Sale 3-6 Wasps

If points were scored by spilling the ball on the edge of your opponents' 22, then we'd be struggling to fit them on the scoreboard.

As it is, there's no reward for such an act, and both these teams remain in single figures.

Still, no let up in the ferocity and the commitment, just a few tries would be nice.

Sale 3-6 Wasps

As soon as I'd typed that, Wasps get the penalty and a chance to relieve the pressure.

Sale 3-6 Wasps

Sloppy line-out but somehow the home side retain possession. Or I spoke too soon and Wasps get it when it wriggles loose.

Elliot Daly almost isolated in his own 22 but Wasps do enough to cover. Sale still hammering away on the door.

Sale 3-6 Wasps

Couple of pick and gos from Sale.

The tactic wins them a penalty, not that James Haskell agrees.

Banged into touch by D-Cip and Sale move downfield with purpose.

Sale 3-6 Wasps

First fumble of the half hands the home side a scrum in the middle of the park.

Who will dominate the set-piece in this second half? Sale have a chance to make their claim here.

Kick-off

Sale 3-6 Wasps

Danny Cipriani thumps the ball downfield and Wasps get first raid with the ball.

Dan Braid off for Sale, Cameron Neild on in his place.

Back out at the AJ Bell

Sale 3-6 Wasps

Turf just about holding up. Both teams back out, rain still teeming down.

Finely poised. 40 to go.

Coming up on Sunday

Worcester v Harlequins (15:00 GMT)

A busy weekend of Premiership action continues tomorrow at Sixways as 10th-placed Worcester Warriors take on fourth-placed Harlequins.

We'll have live text and radio commentary from the match so you won't miss a thing.

A recap

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We've certainly had an intriguing afternoon of Premiership rugby so far. Here's what happened.

Saracens made it eight wins from eight with the help of three penalty tries as they overcame Leicester at Allianz Park, 26-6.

Newcastle picked up their first win of the season with a 19-14 victory over Bath.

And Gloucester launched a fine second-half comeback as they beat London Irish 27-14 at Kingsholm.

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HT: Sale 3-6 Wasps

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Half-time

Sale 3-6 Wasps

So that's the last act of the half, a cutely slotted drop goal from Elliot Daly that gives Wasps the lead.

There might not be too many points but it's rolled along at a fair lick, and the tackling and defensive effort has been absorbing to watch.

Not quite the open try-fest this could have been - but there's still 40 to go. You never know...

Drop-goal (Daly)

Sale 3-6 Wasps

Clock was in overtime, scores level, Elliot Daly showed a bit of class to slot a drop goal and secure the half-time lead for the visitors.

Match-winning smartness? We'll see.

HT: Daly looks up & takes the points with an improvised drop goal. His 1st DG was only v Bath. Now another - it's like buses! 3-6

Sale 3-3 Wasps

Conversely, Dai Young is nestled up in the stands, in a big coat, sending down his instructions.

I think I'd rather be up there too. Less chance of getting soaked. It's still wet.

Big wallop from Jimmy Gopperth gets Wasps to the cusp of Sale's 22.

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EVERY breakdown has been fought for in this game, there's no time to breathe.

Sale are again making inroads to this Wasps cover but in the 22, the ball is spilled and the move comes to an end.

Frustration for Steve Diamond on the Sale bench. Not that he's sitting down mind you. Pacing is the word.

Sale 3-3 Wasps

The close-fought nature of this game is reflected by a missed drop-goal effort from Danny Cipriani - with the scores tied 3-apiece.

Six to go before the break.