• Exeter 30-25 Sale
• Don Armand seals bonus-point win with fourth try
It is a measure of just how far Exeter have come since their promotion seven years ago that after extending their unbeaten Premiership run to 11 matches, with a 14th bonus point of the season, the mood was one of frustration.
A contest shaped by a fierce wind and a spirited Sale side determined not to let their season fade out was settled when the Exeter captain, Don Armand, powered over for his side’s fourth try 14 minutes from time. Sale had led by 14 points in the first half but while Exeter laboured, the facts show only free-wheeling Wasps have scored more points this season.