European Challenge Cup: Sale Sharks 20-20 Stade Toulousain
|European Challenge Cup|
|Sale (10) 20|
|Tries: Solomona, Evans Cons: De Klerk 2 Pens: De Klerk 2|
|Toulouse (14) 20|
|Tries: Kunatani, Bezy Cons: Bezy 2 Pens: Bezy 2|
Sebastien Bezy kicked a late penalty to earn Top 14 outfit Toulouse a draw after Sale staged a thrilling comeback in the European Challenge Cup.
The French side went ahead when Semi Kunatani crossed, and they led 14-3 when Bezy converted his own try.
Denny Solomona got the hosts back in it at the break, and then Bryn Evans touched down to give Sale a 17-14 lead.
But Bezy landed two penalties either side of Faf de Klerk's three-pointer as Toulouse took a share of the points.
Sale, for whom James O'Connor started for the first time since he joined from Toulon in the summer, made six changes.
But they could not force a win in their opening pool game against the team second in the Top 14 table who have lost just once this season.
Sale: Haley, Solomona, James, Jennings, Charnley, O'Connor, de Klerk; Harrison, Webber, Aulika, Evans, Ostrikov, Neild, B Curry, Ross (capt).
Replacements: Jones, Flynn, John, Nott, Pearce, Seymour, Cliff, Reed.
Toulouse: Medard, Mjekevu, Poi, Guitoune, Huget, Doussain, Bezy; Elstadt, Cros, Kunatani, Faasalele, Verhaeghe, Van Dyk, Trader, Mienie.
Replacements: Roumieu, Neti, Castets, Tekori, Axtens, Tolofua, Ntamack, Tauzin.