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Sharks claim dramatic win

Sale fashioned a superb late fightback to win 21-17 as tries from Mark Cueto and Kyle Tonetti left Harlequins still searching for their first Aviva Premiership victory of the season.

First-half scores from George Lowe and Jordan Turner-Hall put Quins 17-6 ahead at the break but the momentum was largely with Sale in the second half.

Cueto's 68th-minute try was well merited and, after the visitors lost Tomas Vallejos to the sinbin, Tonetti touched down a neat kick from Nick Macleod to seal victory in the closing stages.

The visitors looked more dangerous with the ball in hand during the opening exchanges and they duly led inside the fifth minute when Lowe grounded in the left corner and Evans added the extras from the touchline.

Macleod kicked a penalty for Sale and then added another from 60 metres to put his side firmly on the front foot.

Yet as the first half wore on, Harlequins grew as an attacking force, largely due to Mike Brown's willingness to break forward from full-back, and a penalty from Evans put them 10-6 ahead in the 28th minute.

Ten minutes later they claimed their second try when Brown glided past a clutch of Sale defenders and broke clear from inside his own half. He was eventually tackled but Turner-Hall remained alive to the possibilities and hacked the loose ball forward before grounding for a try which Evans converted.

The pendulum began to swing back in Sale's favour as the match wore on and incessant pressure led to Vallejos being sinbinned and Cueto touching down in the left corner with 12 minutes remaining after slick handling from William Cliff, Macleod and Ben Cohen.

Macleod's conversion attempt rebounded off a post but he soon produced a teasing grubber kick which Tonetti grounded to send Edgeley Park into raptures.

Macleod converted the try and then added a late penalty to give Sale their second successive home win under Mike Brewer and leave Quins utterly deflated.

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