Jono Ross carries the ball in a tackle as he helps Sale overcome Lyon

European Challenge Cup Pool TwoSale (5) 15Try: Ostrikov, Beaumont Con: Cliff Pen: CliffLyon (3) 13Try: Lacombe Con: Michalak Pen: Beauxis 2

Tries from Andrei Ostrikov and Josh Beaumont put Sale back into contention in Pool Two of the Challenge Cup with a hard-fought win over Lyon in Salford.

Ostrikov’s early try nudged the Premiership club ahead in a tight first half before flanker Beaumont crossed after half-time.

A penalty from scrum-half Will Cliff crucially extended Sale’s lead.

Lyon kept in touch through the boot of Lionel Beauxis, and a try from hooker Virgile Lacombe ensured a tense finish.

Sale: Haley; Yarde, Addison (capt), Van Rensburg, Solomona; James, Cliff; Flynn, Jones, Aulika, Nott, Ostrikov, Neild, Seymour, Ross.

Replacements: Webber, Harrison, Tarus, Beaumont, Curry, Postlethwaite, Charnley, Jennings.

Lyon: Menini; Lacombe, Ric, Lambey, Oosthuizen; Puricelli (capt), Cretin; Halafihi, Couilloud, Beauxis, Palisson, Harris, Wulf, Armitage, Buttin.

Replacements: Fourie, Mataradze, Clement, Van der Merwe, Cotte, Regard, Tuva, Michalak.

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