Stuart Hogg inspires Exeter’s victory in all-England encounter at Sale

• Sale 20-22 Exeter• Tom Curry shown yellow card in Sale defeatThis is proving a distinctly mixed season for English clubs in Europe but the unbeaten Exeter Chiefs are still flying the flag. In front of the watching national head coach, Eddie Jones, the visitors had to dig deep in the second half but weathered a strong Sale comeback to collect their third win in three outings in Pool Two and stay firmly in control of their own destiny.It was a far tighter contest than had seemed likely when Exeter led 22-8 after 26 one-sided minutes, with Sale’s director of rugby, Steve Diamond, suggesting his side had been slightly unlucky not to gain further reward from the match officials in the final quarter with the Chiefs under serious set-piece pressure in their own 22. Continue reading…