Greig Laidlaw kicked 16 points from the tee as Gloucester beat Sale 26-13 on Friday night
Tries from John Afoa and Charlie Sharples gave the Cherry and Whites a 17-8 lead at the break
Three penalties from Laidlaw secured the win after the restart
Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw impressed for Gloucester as they got their first win of the Aviva Premiership season against Sale Sharks to move up to fourth on Friday evening.
Will Addison reduced the deficit with a three-pointer but winger Charlie Sharples slipped in for the visitors second try soon after. Laidlaws’ superb touchline conversion then edged the hosts 17-8 ahead at the break.
Sale finally got rewarded for their dominance after the restart with Cameron Neild putting the ball down.
However, instead of the Sharks mounting a late challenge it was the dead-eyed kicking of Laidlaw that put this game to bed, slotting three penalties in the last quarter of an hour to put the Cherry & Whites home and hosed at 26-13.
Gloucester: Greig Laidlaw
Sale: 15 Byron McGuigan, 14 Will Addison. 13 Sam James, 12 Johnny Leota, 11 Paolo Odogwu, 10 Dan Mugford, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Josh Beaumont (c), 7 David Seymour, 6 Cameron Neild, 5 Jonathan Mills, 4 Bryn Evans, 3 Halani Aulika, 2 Neil Briggs, 1 Eifion Lewis-Roberts
Replacements: 16 Ross Harrison, 17 Kieran Longbottom, 18 Andrei Ostrikov, 19 Magnus Lund, 20 Laurence Pearce, 21 Peter Stringer, 22 Nev Edwards, 23 Sam Bedlow
Gloucester: 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Henry Purdy, 10 Billy Burns, 9, Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Lewis Ludlow, 5 Joe Latta, 4 Tom Savage, 3 John Afoa, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Yann Thomas
Replacements: 16 Darren Dawidiuk, 17 Cameron Orr, 18 Paul Doran-Jones, 19 Gareth Evans, 20 Jacob Rowan, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 James Hook, 23 Billy Twelvetrees
Date: Friday, September 16
Venue: AJ Bell Stadium
Kick-off: 19:45 BST (18:45 GMT)
Referee: Ian Tempest
Assistant Referees: Paul Burton, Simon McConnell
TMO: Sean Davey