De Klerk, Du Preez star as Sale Sharks bag first title since 2006

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Faf de Klerk (Getty Images)
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Springbok halfbacks Faf de Klerk and Robert du Preez starred as Sale Sharks beat Harlequins 27-19 to lift the Premiership Rugby Cup on Monday.

According to Premiership Rugby's official website, it was Sale's first major silverware since they were crowned English champions in 2006.

The hosts started strongly and took a 10-0 lead thanks to Curtis Langdon's converted try and a penalty from Du Preez.

But Harlequins recovered to take a 16-10 lead into the break, following James Chisholm's try and 11 points from the boot of Marcus Smith.

A further penalty from Smith extended Quins' lead to nine points and the writing appeared to be on the wall for Sale with 15 minutes left.

However, Springbok loose forward Dan du Preez powered over the whitewash before brother Robert added the conversion and a penalty to nudge Sale 20-19 ahead.

Sale then made sure of the result with just minutes left when scrumhalf De Klerk dotted down, converted once again by Du Preez, to seal a memorable victory.

The Premiership Rugby Cup is a knockout cup competition for teams in the Premiership.

The Sale Sharks are currently fourth on the Premiership standings, 14 points behind leaders Exeter Chiefs.

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