Johnny Leota secures Sale bonus-point victory
Sale centre Johnny Leota crossed with a minute left to secure a bonus-point victory over Pau that keeps alive the Sharks' hopes of qualifying for the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
Andrei Ostrikov, Nev Edwards and Will Addison ran in first-half tries at Stade du Hameau to put the Aviva Premiership club on course for a handsome victory.
Pau offered more resistance in the second-half, however, and it was not until the closing seconds that Sale were able to run in the all-important fourth try through Leota.
England fly-half Danny Cipriani landed two conversions and a penalty in the 27-3 victory that keeps Sale just two points off Pool Two leaders Newport Gwent Dragons.
The rivals will clash for the prize of group winners at AJ Bell Stadium next weekend after the Dragons overcame Castres 31-18 at Rodney Parade.
Tries from Hallam Amos, Nic Cudd and Elliot Dee helped the Welsh region into a 21-3 lead before Castres staged a fightback that was effectively ended when replacement lock Alexander Bias was shown a red card in the 58th minute for making a tackle with his head.
Wing Ashton Hewitt brought up the bonus-point with eight minutes remaining.
Edinburgh sit at the top of Pool Five following a 23-0 home victory over Agen.
Magnus Bradbury, Mike Cowman, Greig Tonks and Hamish Watson went over for tries.
Tonks added an early penalty to his try.