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Lachie Turner try helps resilient Exeter see off Sale and go top of table

• Sale 6-10 Exeter
• Rob Baxter’s side put in an outstanding rearguard display

A cold, uninviting night in Salford is no substitute for the south of France; an attritional win over Sale cannot compare to a European victory in Montpellier. But five days after that famous success at the Altrad Stadium Exeter, the defending Premiership champions, demonstrated all their powers of resilience to climb to the summit again.

Rob Baxter’s men will see that as their rightful place following last season’s title success and this latest win confirmed they will not surrender their crown easily. With weary bodies and aching limbs, Exeter could have easily buckled under the weight of such a short turnaround. They did not.

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