Tim Visser’s second-half try helped Harlequins to a third Premiership win in four games as they edged past a dogged Sale Sharks side 16-14 at the Twickenham Stoop.
Sale that took the lead in the 18th minute as Cipriani put up a high ball that Visser spilt – Sharks captain Braid pouncing on the winger’s error to bundle himself over from five metres out. From the resulting catch-and-drive, the home side were rewarded with a penalty, which Evans stroked over to make the score 7-3.
After the break Evans made no mistake with a penalty.
And the hosts took the lead for the first time five minutes later.Visser spectacularly gathered his fly-half’s cross-field kick to dot down in the corner.
Evans nailed the conversion before extending their advantage in the 54th minute.
Tries: Visser. Cons: Evans. Pens: Evans 3.
Brown, M. Yarde, Lowe, Hopper, Visser, Evans, Care, Marler, Ward, Collier, Matthews, Twomey, Robshaw, Wallace, Easter.
Dickson for Care (73), Lambert for Marler (67), Gray for Ward (60), Sinckler for Collier (54), J. Chisholm for Matthews (73).
Tries: Braid, James. Cons: Cipriani 2. SALE: Haley, Arscott, James, Tuitupou, Edwards, Cipriani, Stringer, Harrison, Taylor, V. Cobilas, Mills, Evans, Braid, Ioane, Beaumont.
Flynn for Harrison (79), Briggs for Taylor (55), Mujati for V. Cobilas (47), Ostrikov for Mills (56), Lund for Braid (44).
Tim Wigglesworth (RFU).
Peter Stringer Q and A: 11