|Champions Cup Pool Two:|
|La Rochelle (15) 30|
|Tries: Railevu, Kerr-Barlow, Doumayrou, Alldritt Cons: West 2 Pens: West 2|
|Sale: (16) 23|
|Tries: JL du Preez, Langdon Cons: MacGinty, Williams Pens: MacGinty 2, Williams|
Sale’s hopes of constructing the Champions Cup closing eight ended as they completed with 14 males in defeat to La Rochelle.
Sale took an 10-point lead through Jean-Luc du Preez’s strive, however it disappeared as Tevita Railevu and Tawera Kerr-Barlow crossed in a three-minute spell.
James Williams’ kick gave Sale a one-point profit on the destroy.
Alternatively, Geoffrey Doumayrou and Gregory Alldritt darted in and Valery Morozov saw crimson as Sale’s unhurried rally, sparked by Curtis Langdon’s procure, fell short.
The match ended with Sale camped within the hosts’ 22m searching for a sport-tying converted strive, however within the end coach Steve Diamond will replicate on the moments of indiscipline that squandered a promising effect within the Bay of Biscay.
Sale had sapped about a of the energy from the Stade Marcel Deflandre as brothers Daniel and Jean-Luc du Preez blended to send the latter over from end vary with eight minutes on the clock.
MacGinty added a conversion and a penalty however the associates were without note reeled in as historical All Gloomy Kerr-Barlow showed his class.
The Sleek Zealander’s artful opposed kick to Levani Botia made basically the most of a promising breakaway, opening up the house for Railevu to scurry in.
Quickly after he gambled efficiently in defence, speeding as much as poach opposite quantity Will Cliff’s pass as Sale attempted to unfold play broad with a pre-arranged wraparound dart.
Kerr-Barlow became again instrumental as La Rochelle seized the lead after the destroy, dummying and darting from the contaminated to begin the technique to the line for Doumayrou.
When Chris Ashton became proven yellow for body-checking the livewire 9 and Ihaia West potted the following penalty to begin up a 25-16 lead on 64 minutes, things looked ominous for Sale.
And the became successfully sealed as replace forward Morozov became proven crimson as he reacted to Lopeti Timani’s neck roll by barging his shoulder into the Australian’s face two minutes later.
It became the 2d stormy contest between the perimeters after Pierre Bourgarit became despatched off for question-gouging Tom Curry in Sale’s get despatched off for question-gouging Tom Curry on the AJ Bell Stadium in November.
Alldritt bundled over within the nook and the house aspect had only their delight in complacency to blame for a duration of unwanted unhurried drama.
Alternative Langdon’s 79th-minute short-vary strive minimize the gap to seven aspects to bring up a shedding bonus and for a short 2d, with the clock within the crimson, Sale threatened to salvage a design.
La Rochelle: Sinzelle; Railevu, Doumayrou, Botia, Retiere; West, Kerr-Barlow; Wardi, Bourgarit, Puafisi, Lavault, Leroux, Gourdon (cap), Liebenberg, Alldritt.
Replacements: James for Doumayrou (68), Murimurivalu for Retiere (67), Berjon for Kerr Barlow (64), Corbel for Wardi (64), Lebrun for Bourgarit (51), Atonio for Puafisi (51), Timani for Leroux (61), Kieft for Alldritt (75).
Sin Bin: Gourdon (13), Timani (65).
Sale: L James; Roebuck, S James, Williams, Yarde; MacGinty, Cliff; Harrison, Webber, Cooper-Wooley, Postlethwaite, Phillips, JL Du Preez, B Curry, D Du Preez.
Replacements: Warr for Cliff (75), Morozov for Harrison (64), Langdon for Webber (64), Ford for Cooper-Woolley (80), Neild for Phillips (64), Dugdale for du Preez (72).
No longer Faded: Carpenter, Ashton.
Sin Bin: Ashton (63).
Sent Off: Morozov (65).