Yarde strikes late in dra­matic win

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MAR­LAND Yarde scored a sen­sa­tional in­jury-time try to clinch the most dra­matic and price­less win of the sea­son for Sale Sharks after a pul­sat­ing Premier­ship en­counter with Wasps at the AJ Bell Sta­dium.

In a match that had ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing, the Sharks fought back from go­ing 17-0 down after 20 min­utes to con­jure a re­mark­able re­cov­ery.

Rob Web­ber, By­ron McGuigan and Bryn Evans all scored to stun the vis­i­tors but with time vir­tu­ally up, Wasps still had their noses in front at 23-27.

How­ever, never-say­die Sale threw ev­ery­thing at the vis­i­tors and Faf de Klerk al­most crashed over the line only to col­lide with Danny Cipri­ani in a nasty­look­ing in­ci­dent. The game was de­layed al­most 10 min­utes be­fore the former Sale fly-half was stretchered off with a se­ri­ous look­ing in­jury.

With the clock show­ing 92 min­utes and the at­mos­phere white hot, the Sharks launched one last sor­tie from a five-me­tre scrum, keep­ing the ball alive and the ball was even­tu­ally whipped out wide where Eng­land winger Yarde slid over the line to spark scenes of wild delir­ium around the ground.

The vic­tory not only lifted Sale back into the top-six but also reignited the club’s hopes of a top-four fin­ish and summed up ev­ery­thing good about Steve Di­a­mond’s side.

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