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Summary

  1. FT: Sale 3-21 Exeter
  2. Chiefs given penalty try from driving maul
  3. Sharks captain Josh Beaumont sin-binned
  4. James Short and Will Chudley score

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By Phil Shepka

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FT: Sale 3-21 Exeter

Sale v Exeter
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Well it wasn't pretty, but Exeter are up to fourth ahead of the rest of the weekend's games.

Meanwhile, Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond will not be happy with how that game went one bit. Back to the drawing board come Monday.

Until tomorrow, it's goodbye from us.

What's on tomorrow?

Saturday's Premiership action

Right, what's to come this weekend?

I know England are playing Australia but there are also three Premiership games tomorrow, including a heavyweight tussle between leaders Saracens and first-placed Bath.

That's the lunchtime offering, while there's a derby between Gloucester and Bristol to watch out for and Leicester host Northampton.

We'll be across it all, as per usual.

Saracens
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FT: Sale 3-21 Exeter

Exeter's Don Armand told BT Sport: "It was quite a hard-fought win. It's a top effort by the whole team. 

"I think the bonus point was on everybody's mind - they responded well, dug in and kept us out."

FT: Sale 3-21 Exeter

Ex-Sale player and Premiership referee Nigel Yates on BBC Radio Manchester:

"This has been a dismal, dismal evening - as bad as we've seen all season."

Full-time

Sale 3-21 Exeter

It was a slog in the second half, but Exeter have three straight wins but no bonus point this time.

Sale just looked very poor all night. There's not a lot more I can say.

Sale 3-21 Exeter

That's probably it for Sale.

They win their own line-out five metres from the Cheifs line, but after working the ball nicely, they knock on during contact and give Exeter the scrum.

Sale 3-21 Exeter

First flowing move of the game for Sale as they move from left to right in the Exeter half, but a loose pass by Bryn Evans to Tom Arscott slows the momentum.

But Exeter's Michele Campagnaro will be in the sinbin for the rest of the match after an infringement at the breakdown.

Sale 3-21 Exeter

No more kicking from Sale, but they cannot get out of their own half.

No breaks through the Chiefs defence means no gains. This is not where they want to be right now - obviously.

Sale 3-21 Exeter

Exeter work the ball nicely in the Sale 22, but Dave Ewers' loose pass gives the hosts possession once more. It's been a somewhat scrappy affair this one...

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Sale 3-21 Exeter

Exeter's Michele Campagnaro comes onto the field in place of Sam Hill, who trudges off with a bloodstained shirt.

Campagnaro is making his first Premiership appearance of the season and has shown what he can do for Italy, but is yet to sparkle in a Chiefs shirt.

Sale 3-21 Exeter

For the first time in the match, Sale get into Exeter's 22.

Peter Stringer, somehow continuing, is the focal point and his pass sets in motion a move out to Josh Charnley on the wing, but the Sale man is closed down by about three defenders very quickly and pulled out of play.

Sale 3-21 Exeter

Stringer carries on for Sale. I have no idea how. 

Fair play to the guy that is the second oldest back to play in the Premiership.

Sale 3-21 Exeter

Peter Stringer is lying on the turf looking in real pain after a collision with Olly Woodburn.

The physio is tending to his knee and the replacement does not in a good way. Having come on for Mike Phillips around 10 minutes ago, this will not help Steve Diamond's gameplan.

Sale 3-21 Exeter

Ex-Sale player and Premiership referee Nigel Yates on BBC Radio Manchester:

"I don't think they've (Sale) been in the 22 have they?

"They've played a little bit of rugby but it's all been in their own 22, and I don't understand why they want to play their rugby in that part of the field."

Sale 3-21 Exeter

Sale are pinned in their own half by Exeter. We've just seen a graphic showing where the play has been this half. 

Pretty much the whole period has been played in the Sale half, but they finally get the ball into the opposition territory, forcing the Chiefs into a line-out.

Sale 3-21 Exeter

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Nearly half way through the second period and still no more points added onto the board.

It has to be said, for all the tough tackling both sides are doing, there has been little in the way of action outside the midfield.

Exeter currently retain possession just inside Sale's half.

Sale 3-21 Exeter

Sale are no longer contesting the Exeter line-outs, they know a drive is coming.

It works as Sharks win the turnover, get it out wide but Josh Charnley cannot reach a grubber kick and the Chiefs clear it out of play.

Sale 3-21 Exeter

Sale's Ben Curry is hobbling badly and cannot continue.

David Seymour comes on in place of him, while Halani Aulika comes on at tighthead.

Sale 3-21 Exeter

Sale finally show something in this second half after winning a scrum on the halfway line, but referee Wayne Barnes has to call a halt to play as Ben Curry is down receiving treatment near where the ball is.

AJ MacGinty
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Sale 3-21 Exeter

Peter Stringer comes on and continues the kicking game.The match so far has the same pattern as the first half.

Exeter dominant in possession, Sale camped in their own 22, turnover, kick, repeat.

Sale 3-21 Exeter

Interesting. Mike Phillips off for Peter Stringer.

Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond had to do something, and that was it.

Sale 3-21 Exeter

Different half, same story.

The kicking tennis returns... 

The thing is, when both sides have run with the ball, there has looked to be some sort of threat...

Kick-off

Sale 3-21 Exeter

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Sale will be hoping for more in this second half.

Exeter get us back under way.

HT: Sale 3-21 Exeter

Can't recall a worse 40 minutes from Sale at home. Directionless. Exeter look like home side, fresh and energetic. Big 40 for Sale's season.

Strong words from BBC Radio Manchester commentator Nathan Middleton.

Lose today and Sale could be in the bottom three by the end of the weekend.

'I had to teach Jonny May to scrum'

England v Australia (Sat, 14:00 GMT)

Dylan Hartley has been helping England team-mate Jonny May perfect the art of the scrum.

Staying with the international theme, England captain Dylan Hartley has been teaching team-mate Jonny May how to scrum after the winger’s failed attempts against Argentina went viral.

"All week he has been the butt of the joke,” Hartley said.

"We had a little tutorial, a one-on-one scrum session and I talked him through it because it might happen again and these are the things you need to learn.”

England must make Wallabies' lives 'hell' - Haskell

England v Australia (Sat, 14:00 GMT)

As much as we love the Premiership, there's probably no denying what the game of the weekend is in England.

Australia are this weekend's visitors to Twickenham, and they'll be looking to get some revenge for being whitewashed Down Under by Eddie Jones' side in the summer.

Flanker James Haskell played in that series and is nearing the end of his recovery from a long-term injury - in his final BBC Sport column, he assesses all the key talking points and confidently states, "England will win".

You can read all about it here.

James Haskell
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HT: Sale 3-21 Exeter

Former Exeter captain John Lockyer on BBC Radio Devon:

"Although the set-piece has not been that tidy, Chiefs have won enough ball and played in the right areas of the pitch.

"The (Will) Chudley try was made from wonderful work from (Geoff) Parling and Sam Hill, who's had a wonderful first half.

"You can bet your bottom dollar that Sale will come out with something in the second half - this has been very disappointing for them, and they'll be embarrassed."

Half-time

Sale 3-21 Exeter

The scoreline doesn't lie. Exeter have been pretty much totally dominant at the AJ Bell Stadium.

One more try and hold out for victory and that'll be the third bonus-point win in a row.

Sale have to come up with something else in the second half other than half-hearted kicks.

Sale 3-21 Exeter

Sale finally have some decent possession in the opposition half, but lose it in a tackle. Pretty much sums up their half...

Try (Chudley, con Steenson)

Sale 3-21 Exeter

What a superb try this is.

Chiefs bide their time and wait until the phases run into double figures before James Short plays to an onrushing Sam Hill, who breaks through and delays a fraction of a second to pass the ball out to Will Chudley, allowing him a free run to the line.

Gareth Steenson knocks over his third conversion of the night and this game is running away from Sale.

Sale 3-14 Exeter

Ouch. There's been a fair amount of blood spilling out of players this evening, and Exeter hooker Jack Yeandle is the latest to need treatment after an apparent clash of heads.

These lads are hardnuts, aren't they?

Sale 3-14 Exeter

Former Exeter captain John Lockyer on BBC Radio Devon:

"Exeter are showing that they want to play rugby, and I don't think Sale have been in their 22 this first half.

"We criticised Exeter for not starting well last season, but they've started well here - they just need to complete the exercise with the end of this half and the rest of the game."

Sale 3-14 Exeter

31mins - Sharks 3 Chiefs 14 Chiefs attempt to maul it, but good work from Curry means scrum awarded to Sharks

That line-out was in a similar position to Exeter's second try, but Sale do well to defend against it.

Sale 3-14 Exeter

After two more minutes of Exeter possession around the Sale 22, the Sharks manage to turn the ball over but some sloppy play loses them the ball and Exeter win a lineout.

Sale 3-14 Exeter

28mins - Sharks 3 Chiefs 14 Sharks defending for their lives here, with Exeter dominating possession. Sharks tackle forces a knock on

Exeter are certainly on top in terms of territory in this match, but Sale's defence is standing up strong to much of what they can throw at them.

Eventually, a clear forward pass ends Chiefs' possession.

Sale 3-14 Exeter

And we're back to kicking rugby again, including one absolutely awful one from Mike Phillips. Not that I could do much better, mind.

Sale 3-14 Exeter

Sale try to respond immediately through that man AJ MacGinty, but after a brilliant breakthrough the ball comes loose thanks to great blocking work from Olly Woodburn.

Try (Short, con Steenson)

Sale 3-14 Exeter

Maybe it was better with Beaumont off the pitch for Sale?

The Sharks cannot deal with another Exeter line-out and the visitors drive towards the tryline. They come up short but recycle the ball and wing James Short is on hand to touch down in the corner.

Gareth Steenson, from a tight angle, then nails the kick to add the extras.

Sale 3-7 Exeter

Former Exeter captain John Lockyer on BBC Radio Devon:

"Steve Diamond will be delighted, because while he's (Josh Beaumont) been off the field they've gained three points."

Sale are now back up to a full compliment of players following Beaumont's sin-binning.

Sale 3-7 Exeter

Sale steal the scrum and clear the ball into Exeter's half as quickly as they physically can.

At the moment, the Chiefs are on top in the territory battle, but are struggling to get past the gain line without kicking it.