Jan 11, 2013 at 8pm UK at ​Salford City Stadium
Sale Sharks

Result: Sale Sharks beaten by Montpellier

Sale Sharks are beaten by Montpellier after struggling to keep pace with the French side in the second half of their Heineken Cup tie.

Sale Sharks have been beaten in the Heineken Cup following a strong second-half performance from Montpellier.

Charlie Amesbury of Sale Sharks is tackled by two Montpellier players during thier match on January 11, 2013© PA Photos

Montpellier scored tries through Yohann Artu and Johnnie Beattie in the first half, but two penalties from Danny Cipriani helped keep Sale in the match.

Pierre Berard added a third try after the break to give the visitors a comfortable lead, which enabled them to dominate the game.

The French side were coasting for much of the second half as Sale rarely threatened the try line, struggling with the visitors' pace.

Montpellier were awarded a penalty try late in the game to seal the victory.

The win for Montpellier keeps the pressure on pool leaders Toulon, while Sale could drop to the bottom of the pool if Cardiff Blues win tomorrow.

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