Gloucester Rugby were defeated 25-22 at the AJ Bell by Sale Sharks in Round 16 of the Gallagher Premiership.
The Cherry and Whites scored three tries in a close fought effort against the top four side and come away with the losing bonus point.
Jonny May, Santiago Carreras and Willi Heinz all scored and at one point it looked like Mark Atkinson had gone over for the fourth but the TMO ruled that his intercept had come after an accidental offside earlier on in the attack.
Sale Sharks were the first to score after relentless carrying paid off creating space for Faf de Klerk to slide through to get over. The home side also scored through Arron Reed and Marland Yarde and were physical for the full 80 minutes.
A red card to Robert du Preez for a dangerous tackle on Val Rapava-Ruskin gave the Cherry and Whites a way into the game and created a bit of space for the Gloucester Rugby attack to play with.
Santiago Carreras was able to cut a perfect line to slice through the Sale defence and Billy Twelvetrees’ conversion added the extra points.
Louis Rees-Zammit was next to launch an attack and threw an offload over his head to Lewis Ludlow who passed to Willi Heinz who was running on at pace to go over the line. Twelvetrees’ conversion drew the scores level but a late AJ MacGuinty penalty put Sale ahead come the final whistle.
Key moment – Jonny May scores on 150th appearance
On his 150th Gloucester Rugby appearance, Jonny May scored an incredible try in which he showed his pace to beat three defenders to the ball to go over and score. Ruan Ackermann had kicked the ball through and May was too fast and managed to be the first man back to get over.
Gloucester Rugby are back in action next weekend when the Cherry and Whites host Newcastle Falcons at Kingsholm on Saturday.