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Macleod on target for Sale

Nick Macleod won the kicking battle as Sale beat Newcastle 27-19 to return to the Aviva Premiership play-off places and leave their opponents at the foot of the table.

Sale had taken a 16-0 lead after 24 minutes through three Macleod penalties and a converted Tom Brady try, but Newcastle mounted a comeback. After Macleod and Jimmy Gopperth had traded further three-pointers, substitute Jeremy Manning went over to reduce the gap to 19-10 at half-time.

Gopperth continued to boot the Falcons back into the game and narrowed the gap to three points before England wing Mark Cueto touched down to effectively seal the win.

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