Gloucester 19-22 Sale: Josh Beaumont  scores late try to seal victory

Gloucester 19-22 Sale: Josh Beaumont scores late try to seal victory as game is marred by mass brawl sparked by Billy Twelvetrees pushing over a water carrier

  • Replacement prop Josh Beaumont sealed the win for Sale with two minutes left
  • Billy Twelvetrees sparked a melee between both sides after Beaumont’s try 
  • Sale held on to take the victory which moves them to fourth in the Premiership

Josh Beaumont was the Sale hero as the replacement lock charged his way across the line for the winning try with just two minutes remaining at Kingsholm.

But Sale’s victory which moves them up to fourth in the Premiership table was marred at the end by an unsavoury mass player brawl which was sparked by Billy Twelvetrees pushing over a water carrier in his desperation to get the ball to make a quick restart with time running out for the hosts.

Sale’s England flanker Tom Curry reacted by shoving Gloucester back Twelvetrees to the ground and both sides were involved in a melee on the touch line with wing Marland Yarde deep in the midst of it.

Gloucester were left bottom of the Premiership after a late try by Sale two minutes from time

Ruan Acerkmann wins a lineout as Sale’s Dan Du Preez goes for a ride to try and win the ball

Referee Karl Dickson showed Twelvetrees a yellow card as Sharks held out for a victory which looked beyond them until they took the lead for the first time with just two minutes remaining.

Lock Beaumont charged over and managed to ground the ball leaving Gloucester slumped at the bottom of the table with just one win in five games. It was Sale’s first win under caretaker Paul Deacon who took over from Steve Diamond a month ago.

Gloucester led 16-9 at the break with young Welsh flyer Louis Rees-Zammit grabbing his 11th try in 16 games and showing his pace and skill.

Lloyd Evans and A J MacGinty exchanged early kicking blows the tough wet and snowy conditions before prop Fraser Balmain dropped down beneath the pile of red jerseys to claim the hosts’ first try.

MacGinty reduced the lead with a penalty but the hosts took full advantage when Sale lost flanker Jono Ross to the sin-bin for a no arms hit on Val Rapava-Ruskin.

Evans kicked the resulting penalty and Rees-Zammit turned on the turbo charge after Evans and Chris Harris combined to send him away.

Val Rapava-Ruskin runs into Sale’s Josh Beaumont (L) who went on to score game-winning try

Two penalties either side of the break from MacGinty reduced the lead to four points but wing Tom Roebuck had a try ruled out for his leg hitting the line at the same time as he ground the ball in the right hand corner.

Gloucester lost flanker Lewis Ludlow to the sin bin for foul play when failing to retreat for a Sharks penalty and illegally stopping Faf de Klerk. MacGinty’s fourth penalty made it a one-point deficit but Sharks were unable to cross the try line.

Evans’ kicked a penalty but it was Sale who finished the stronger and grabbed the vital points when they camped on the Gloucester line and replacement Beaumont reached out to become the hero.

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