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By Phil Cartwright

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  1. Sale 6-6 Gloucester

    Quote Message: It's just desperate last-ditch stuff that's keeping Gloucester out at the moment. It's similar to the last 15-20 minutes of the first half. from Neil Leigh BBC Radio Manchester
    Neil LeighBBC Radio Manchester
  2. Sale 6-6 Gloucester

    Mark Atkinson

    Huge hit from Sale's Will Addison on Mark Atkinson. A monster hit. No wonder the Gloucester man spilled the ball from that tackle.

  3. Sale 6-6 Gloucester

    Gloucester have the first attacking spell of the second half, but Johnny Leota's outstanding turnover steals possession back for the hosts.

    There's been a lot of that so far tonight - both sides getting the ball in attacking areas but good defence preventing them from getting anywhere near the try line.

  4. Kick-off

    Sale 6-6 Gloucester

    Flashing lights

    The two teams re-enter the field accompanied by flashing lights, blaring music and cheerleaders with pompoms.

    Gloucester's Billy Twelvetrees kicks us off in the second period.

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  6. Andrew to leave RFU

    Earlier today, it was announced that Rob Andrew will leave his role as the RFU's Director of Professional Rugby at the end of the season.

    The ex-England fly-half, 53, has resigned but will complete work on the union's latest agreement with Premiership Rugby before leaving.

    "It feels like the right time to step down at the end of the season," said Andrew, who joined the RFU in 2006.

    He will be replaced by former England scrum-half Nigel Melville.

  7. The race for promotion

    Into the second tier, and we'll soon be a little nearer to finding out which team will be promoted into the Premiership next season.

    Bristol, Yorkshire Carnegie and Doncaster have all met the minimum criteria to be accepted into the top flight in 2016-17 - the trio's grounds have met the minimum standard required ahead of the division's play-offs, which start this weekend.

    Should Doncaster go up, they would play matches at Doncaster Rovers' Keepmoat Stadium rather than at Castle Park.

    Bedford did not apply to have their ground audited and will not be promoted if they win the play-offs.

  8. Still to come...

    Round 21 fixtures

    George North

    This is the first of six Premiership fixtures during the penultimate round of the regular season.

    Here's how the rest of the weekend shapes up (all kick-off times BST):

    Saturday: Leicester v Worcester (15:00), Northampton v Bath (15:15).

    Sunday: Exeter v Wasps (13:00), London Irish v Harlequins (15:00), Saracens v Newcastle (15:15).

  9. Half-time

    Sale 6-6 Gloucester

    So we're all square at the interval.

    Greig Laidlaw has twice kicked Gloucester in front, Danny Cipriani has twice pegged them back with kicks for Sale.

    Still all to play for.

  10. Penalty (Cipriani)

    Sale 6-6 Gloucester

    Sale get a penalty in the final minute of the half in a fairly kickable position, albeit from the halfway line, so no surprise that the Sharks opt to go for the posts.

    Danny Cipriani slots it over and it's a level game at half-time.

  11. Sale 3-6 Gloucester

    Into the closing couple of minutes of the first half, and it's two Greig Laidlaw penalties to Danny Cipriani's one.

    Gloucester are just about deserving of their lead, but will it be enough to end Sale's unbeaten league record at home?

  12. Sale 3-6 Gloucester

    Gloucester are on the attack again but there's little invention to their play from the ruck - one pass out followed by a drive.

    Eventually an offside decision goes against the visitors and Sale clear into Gloucester territory. But it's a good spell, this, for David Humphreys' side.

  13. Penalty (Laidlaw)

    Sale 3-6 Gloucester

    Greig Laidlaw

    Ollie Thorley's break takes Gloucester deep into Sale's 22 and the visitors earn a penalty, which they kick to touch.

    Jeremy Thrush safely gathers and Sale are eventually caught offside. Greig Laidlaw opts for the posts, kicks three more points for the Cherry and Whites and they take the lead again.

    In the meantime, Sale prop Ross Harrison is back on the field.

  14. Sale 3-3 Gloucester

    Quote Message: It's been a really entertaining first half I think - plenty to think about for both sides. One thing with Sale, at the moment, is when they do have possession they seem to be lacking numbers in key areas. from Neil Leigh BBC Radio Manchester
    Neil LeighBBC Radio Manchester
  15. Sale 3-3 Gloucester

    All the talk before this game was about Sale and their unbeaten home record this season, but Gloucester have given as good as they've got so far in this match.

    However, there's concern about the health of wing Rob Cook, who is hobbling off and being replaced by Elliott Creed.

    Sale prop Ross Harrison is off the field too, clutching his head, with Eifion Lewis-Roberts coming on. Think that's more of a temporary switch.

  16. Sale 3-3 Gloucester

    Referee Tom Foley wants a quick word with Sale fly-half Danny Cipriani over something. Seems like the England international said something out of turn to the match official.

    No further punishment, other than a stern telling off.

  17. Sale 3-3 Gloucester

    Gloucester misjudge Mike Haley's booming up-and-under, which somehow remains in play. Sale get a penalty, which is kicked to touch.

    The line-out forces another Sharks penalty for entering from the side.

    Sale go through a few phases, but great work at the breakdown from Gloucester sees them awarded a penalty of their own.

  18. Penalty (Cipriani)

    Sale 3-3 Gloucester

    Danny Cipriani

    Danny Cipriani switches direction and attempts an inventive kick out to Sale's right touchline. It doesn't find its intended target, but no matter - the referee had already signalled for a penalty.

    Cipriani makes no mistake from in front of the sticks and the Sharks are level.

  19. Sale 0-3 Gloucester

    Quote Message: Gloucester have played some pretty inventive and flowing rugby, but you feel Sale just have a little bit more explosion and pace. from Andy Wyman BBC Radio Gloucestershire
    Andy WymanBBC Radio Gloucestershire
  20. Sale 0-3 Gloucester

    Cameron Neild's excellent offload sets Johnny Leota away and the Sale centre is only held up by some scrambling Gloucester defence, which eventually earns them a penalty and allows the Cherry and Whites to clear their lines.

    Sale threatening a little more in the past five minutes, but still no points.