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TAKING full advantage of an Orrell side floundering at the foot of Courage League One, Sale moved up into fifth position with a comprehensive 40-8 win over their hosts.

Inspired by Dewi Morris and Simon Mannix, the New Zealand outside-half from Wellington, who had scored Sale's opening try on 14 minutes, the visitors recorded three more tries in a six-minute spell - the full-back Jim Mallinder dummied through, then Morris squirmed over in the 24th minute and, two minutes later, the winger Tom Beim provided the Cheshire side's fourth try to guarantee the result.

Cambridge University gave Otago a warm welcome in the New Zealanders' opening tour match, as the Kiwis were made to work hard for their 47-23 win by a spirited student team who initially traded score for score with their guests.

Once they had settled in, though, Otago scored regularly, notching seven tries including two through winger Jason Wright and one from half-back Brett McCormack. The tourists raced clear with four tries and 22 points in a 12-minute spell midway through the second half to lead 47-11 and seemed certain to top a half-century of points, but Cambridge rallied strongly to make the score respectable with two spectacular late tries, from Rick Elliott and back-row dynamo Russell Earnshaw.