Denny Solomona scored two tries as Sale won against London Irish at the AJ Bell Stadium. Ross Harrison’s first try for the club in 156 games garnered a 24-0 half-time lead for Sale, who had lost their first two games.
Josh Charnley managed to get Sale’s bonus point on 56 minutes before the Exiles could challenge with a penalty try.
The Sharks had not started a domestic season with three straight losses since the 2012-13 seasons and a reassuring performance meant they never looked like going down that unwanted path. Denny Solomona was sent home from England’s training camp in August for breaching their code of conduct, today head coach Eddie Jones was reminded of his finer qualities.
The struggle with defense for Irish continued into the second week, making their opening win against the Harlequins at Twickenham look like a fluke.
Halani Aulika was penalized and they were awarded a penalty try when their pack took hold of a driving maul, Jennings’ try sealed Sale’s victory.
Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond: “There’s no point comparing it to last week because we didn’t get anything basic right. What we did in the week reassured them that there’s no panic. We had lost against a better side in Wasps and we should have really won last week, but we just wanted to set the standards.”
“With players like Faf de Klerk and Jono Ross coming in, it has just lifted the tempo of our team. Last week, nobody in the side matched them, but today they did.”
London Irish director of rugby, Nick Kennedy: “A few things went wrong for us. Our defense wasn’t good enough in the first half; we slipped off a lot of tackles and missed a lot of tackles.”