London - Danny Cipriani missed a late
conversion that would have proved decisive as Sale were forced to settle for a
thrilling 36-36 draw against Saracens in the English Premiership on Saturday.
Sale surged into an early 17-0 lead through
tries from Sam James, Johnny Leota and Tom Arscott, but Saracens roared back to
go ahead before the interval at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Jim Hamilton and Chris Wyles, who scored a
pair of tries, touched down, while Charlie Hodgson and Ben Spencer added the
Hodgson, on his last appearance at the club
where he started his career, also kicked a penalty before he was forced off
with a head injury.
Cipriani kicked three penalties in the
second period, but scores by Nick Tompkins and Mike Ellery moved the visitors
TJ Ioane and Arscott crossed late on to
haul Sale level again, but England international Cipriani was off-target with
both conversions, the last of them following a 79th-minute try.
Elsewhere, James Hook scored 15 points to
keep Gloucester in contention for the Premiership play-off and Champions Cup
places with a 32-6 victory over Newcastle at Kingsholm.
Hook scored a try and kicked two penalties
and two conversions before being replaced by Billy Burns with 16 minutes
Bill Meakes, Ross Moriarty, and Tom Savage
also scored tries for Gloucester.
Billy Twelvetrees added a conversion with
Craig Willis kicking two penalties for the Falcons.
Tom Collins scored his first senior
hat-trick as Northampton routed Worcester 38-18 at Franklin's Gardens.
Collins, 21, showed electric pace and
clever feet to help Saints to a much-needed bonus point win that avenged their
Worcester got two tries from Val
Rapava-Ruskin and Wynand Olivier to give them a 15-12 half-time lead.
The game was still hanging in the balance
until Collins scored his side's fifth try with 14 minutes remaining.
Harry Mallinder, Lee Dickson and George
Pisi went over for Northampton's other tries.