Irish have too much for Sale
Sale's highly anticipated showdown at the Reebok Stadium ended in disappointment as London Irish cruised to a 34-20 bonus-point victory despite a second-half Sharks fightback.
Irish had too much quality for their lacklustre opponents with tries by Topsy Ojo, David Paice, Dan Bowden and Steffon Armitage easing them to victory in front of a record home attendance of 16,428.
The impressive Tom Homer also booted 14 points to keep them in with a chance of a play-off place.
Sale showed plenty of resilience with scores from locks Sean Cox and Wame Lewaravu but flanker Armitage scored a last-minute try to confirm Irish's win.
Fly-half Charlie Hodgson kicked two penalties and two conversions for the Sharks, who are still not clear of the relegation picture.