It was Peter Stringer v Donncha O'Callaghan as Sale beat Worcester tonight

Danny Cipriani, overlooked by England for the World Cup, opened the scoring with a fine individual effort.

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DANNY CIPRIANI WAS among the try-scorers as Sale bounced back from last week’s thrashing at Saracens to defeat Worcester 27-13 for their first Premiership win of the season, in a game that saw former Irish teammates Peter Stringer (who started on the bench for Sale) and Donncha O’Callaghan on opposing sides.

Dean Ryan’s promoted Worcester had claimed a last-gasp 13-12 win over Northampton seven days earlier, but they met their match in a determined Sale outfit at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Cipriani, overlooked by England for the World Cup, opened the scoring with a fine individual effort and a second try from openside flanker David Seymour sent the hosts in at the break with a 13-6 advantage.

Sale grabbed a third five minutes after the break through Josh Beaumont, but Worcester hit back with an effort from Jonny Arr before a last-gasp fourth home try from Johnny Leota sealed a bonus point win.

Meanwhile, Saracens moved to the top of the English Premiership table after Owen Farrell’s late penalty secured a 17-15 win against Gloucester on Friday.

With a draw looking the most likely result, Farrell struck four minutes from time to settle a hard-fought game at Kingsholm.

There was little to separate the teams, although Saracens did score the only try of the game through Mike Ellery.

Farrell kicked three penalties and Charlie Hodgson one.

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Gloucester had the more creative runners in Charlie Sharples and Jonny May, but overdid the kicking so the hosts had to rely on five penalties from Billy Twelvetrees for their points.

Additional reporting by Paul Fennessy

- © AFP, 2015

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