Oct 11, 2014 at 3.15pm UK at ​Franklin's Gardens
SaintsNorthampton Saints
43-10
Sale Sharks
Pisi (14'), Manoa (19', 52', 55'), Pisi (31'), Fotuali'i (65')
FT
Jennings (62')

Result: Northampton Saints thrash Sale Sharks to stay top of Aviva Premiership

Northampton Saints remain top of the Aviva Premiership after thrashing Sale Sharks 43-10 thanks in part to a hat-trick of tries from Samu Manoa.

Northampton Saints have cruised to a 43-10 win over Sale Sharks in the Aviva Premiership this afternoon to consolidate their spot at the top of the table.

Ken Pisi dives through to score the opening try for Saints during the Aviva Premiership match against Sale Sharks on October 11, 2014© Getty Images

Ken Pisi scored the opening try of the match 14 minutes in before setting up brother George Pisi for a score, while Samu Manoa also found the try line in the first half.

Manoa continued to get the better of the Sale defence after the break, scoring two more tries in the space of two minutes to complete his hat-trick within 55 minutes.

Mark Jennings pulled one back for the visitors inside the final 20 minutes, but Kahn Fotuali'i quickly restored the gap to end any hopes of a Sharks comeback.

The result leaves Northampton a point clear of Saracens at the top of the table, while Sale sit 10th.

Jim Mallinder, coach and Director of Rugby of Northampton Saints, is interviewed by BT Sport before the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Exeter Chiefs at Franklin's Gardens on September 7, 2013
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