|Sale (19) 41|
|Tries: McGuigan 3, Hammersley, De Jager, Reed Cons: R du Preez 3, MacGinty Pen: MacGinty|
|London Irish (3) 13|
|Try: Donnell Con: Jackson Pens: Jackson 2|
Sale recorded another emphatic home win to solidify their place in the Premiership top four as they ran in six tries against London Irish.
Simon Hammersley, Lood de Jager and Byron McGuigan crossed in a first half in which the hosts also had three more attempts disallowed for infringements.
Arron Reed secured the try bonus early in the second half before McGuigan completed his hat-trick with two more.
Ben Donnell dotted down a consolation score for the Exiles.
A five-point return for Sale coupled with Northampton’s defeat by leaders Bristol means Alex Sanderson’s side have a six-point cushion over the fifth-placed Saints.
Irish stay sixth despite falling to their eighth consecutive defeat at the AJ Bell Stadium.
While Sale’s 28-point margin of victory was emphatic, it could have been even more convincing had efforts from McGuigan, De Jager and Jean-Luc du Preez not been ruled out by the television match official.
But Scotland winger McGuigan showed his classly finishing skills in both halves to help his side bounce back from defeat at Northampton last weekend.
His first came as he latched on to a clever kick over the top from scrum-half Faf de Klerk, his second from an interception as he raced clear from halfway and then his third in the final seconds when got round on the outside despite his side being down to 13 men.
Sale: Hammersley, McGuigan, S. James, Doherty, Reed; R. du Preez, De Klerk; Rodd, Van der Merwe, Oosthuizen, Beaumont, De Jager, Ross (capt), Neild, JL. du Preez.
Replacements: Langdon, Harrison, Harper, Phillips, Dugdale, Cliff, MacGinty, L. James.
Sin-bin: Oosthuizen (43 mins), Harrison (75 mins), Reed (77 mins).
London Irish: Stokes, Loader, Rona, Brophy-Clews, Hassell-Collins; Jackson, Meehan; Goodrick-Clarke, Creevy, Chawatama, Mafi, Simmons, Rogerson (capt), Donnell, Tuisue.
Replacements: Cornish, Gigena, Hoskins, Nott, Cowan, Phipps, Joseph, Parton.
Sin-bin: Brophy Clews (4 mins).
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys