WATCH | Joe Marler took on all three Du Preez brothers on Friday night

Tempers flared at the AJ Bell Stadium as Sale moved third in the Premiership thanks to their six-try bonus-point win against a stunned Harlequins.

Marler was sent to the bin for a high arm on Jean Luc du Preez, which led to a confrontation with all three brothers, but both sides were reduced to 14 men in a feisty second period.

This wasn’t the only feisty moment of the game.

In a one-sided game, Akker van der Merwe, Sam James, Luke James, Rob Webber, Chris Ashton and Rohan Janse van Rensburg all crossed for the hosts.

The bonus-point success moves them up to third place before the weekend’s other league fixtures, with Harlequins remaining in eighth position.

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