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Sale edge out Gloucester

Rob Miller

Sale Sharks put one foot in next season's Heineken Cup by inflicting a 24-19 defeat on Gloucester - their 10th Aviva Premiership victory of the season.

Both sides needed to win the crucial match at Kingsholm to stand any chance of finishing sixth in the Premiership and, with it, land a lucrative Heineken Cup spot for next term.

Two tries from Sale full-back Rob Miller - along with 14 points from the boot of fly-half Nick Macleod - was enough for them to see off Gloucester, whose points came through a try from wing Charlie Sharples and four penalties and a conversion from number 10 Freddie Burns.