RUGBY UNION: London Welsh v Sale Sharks

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4:47pm

Welsh try some last-play heroics, but penalised for crossing. Full time: Welsh 25, Sale 26

4:43pm

Sale awarded penalty in front of posts, but tap and go

4:41pm

What a tense finish. Sale in the box seat.

4:35pm

Macleod slots for 26-25

4:34pm

Sale awarded penalty in front of posts

4:32pm

Sale go for the corner with a penalty on the right

4:28pm

Great Sale scrum forces penalty

4:25pm

Briggs held up for Welsh

4:22pm

This could be a dramatic final quarter

4:20pm

Welsh 25, Sale 23. Cipriani hits back straight away

4:18pm

Henson slots it for 25-20

4:17pm

Much closer range penalty for Henson this time

4:14pm

But it is well short!

4:14pm

Henson lines up a penalty from inside his own half.

4:12pm

Both sides are full of attacking intent now.

4:08pm

Henson converts for 22-20 and suddenly this is a cracker

4:07pm

Lovely hands from Henson creates try for MacKenzie. 20-20.

4:04pm

Davies slots a penalty for Welsh. 15-20

4:02pm

The half could not have started any worse for Welsh. Massive character test now.

4:02pm

Cipriani converts for 20-12

4:01pm

Sale make great start to the half with try by Braid and lead 18-12

3:58pm

Second half underway. Biggest 40 minutes of Welsh's season?

3:49pm

You feel that Welsh must score first in the second half if they are to reassert themselves.

3:43pm

That was hard on the Exiles, but showed how dangerous Sale can be.

3:43pm

Cipriani converts to give Sale a 13-12 lead at the break.

3:42pm

Breakaway try for Sale, scored by Cliff

3:41pm

Henson short with drop-goal attempt, but Welsh still attacking

3:35pm

He slots it via a post for 12-6

3:35pm

Welsh penalised at lineout, handing Cipriani a simple kick at goal

3:32pm

And he makes it! Welsh 12-3 ahead

3:31pm

Henson fancies another crack from half way

3:29pm

Welsh on a roll and Davies slots another penalty for 9-3

3:26pm

Welsh win penalty in front of posts after good period of pressure. Davies slots for 6-3.

3:24pm

Huge scrum sees Welsh take one against the head

3:23pm

Not much pattern so far, but Welsh having more territory 

3:20pm

Sale do well to turn over ruck and clear

3:19pm

Sale mess up short lineout and Welsh get free kick and scrum ten metres out.

3:15pm

Welsh awarded penalty at scrum on halfway. Henson just wide, but had the distance 

3:12pm

Welsh rally well and win penalty on edge of Sale 22. Welsh 3 (Davies), Sale 3

3:10pm

Pen awarded at scrum. Welsh 0, Sale 3 (Cipriani)

3:03pm

Welsh lose their first lineout then concede a penalty on the Sale 22.

3:00pm

And they're off

2:57pm

The Sale fans are making plenty of noise at the moment. With Sharks captained by former Chinnor flanker Dave Seymour, there may be a few locals cheering the visitors too! It is vital for Welsh that they start strongly.

2:53pm

Welsh have worked hard promoting this game in the hope of securing a large crowd. Sale have won the European Challenge Cup on their last two visits to the Kassam Stadium and will be eyeing a hat-trick.

2:46pm

Fly half Gavin Henson makes his first start for the Exiles since November 4, while Danny Cipriani wears the No 10 shirt for Sale. This is likely to be a tense, cagey encounter. Kick-off is at 3pm

2:40pm

London Welsh, in tenth, are six points above basement boys Sale Sharks. Victory today could go a long way to ensuring the Exiles's Premiership survival, but defeat would be a major blow. Sale have won their last three matches, although only one has been in the league, so come to the Kassam full of confidence.

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