Connacht drew level with Sale at the top of pool three in the Challenge Cup after edging past the Premiership outfit in a gutsy 20-18 win in Galway.

Kyle Godwin and James Mitchell scored first-half tries with Jack Carty converting both and adding a penalty as they took a 17-0 lead.

But Sale rallied and tries from Chris Ashton, Francois De Klerk and two penalties and a conversion from De Klerk saw the Sharks go 18-17 ahead.

However, David Horwitz's penalty nine minutes from time won it for the province.


Elsewhere, Worcester extended their advantage at the top of pool two with a 20-18 win at Ospreys.

That sees the Warriors move five points clear with just a game remaining in the pool stages of the competition.

Tries from Keelan Giles and Olly Cracknell and a penalty and conversion from Luke Price saw Ospreys lead 15-7 at the break, Jonny Arr's try converted by Scott Van Breda the reply from the Warriors.

Ollie Lawrence and Dean Hammond scored second-half tries for Worcester to put them ahead but Sam Davies' penalty saw Ospreys re-take the lead until a last-minute drop-goal from Ryan Mills won it.

Harlequins climbed to the top of pool five with a 31-20 win over Grenoble.

Danny Care, Mike Brown, Cadan Murley and Max Crumpton crossed for first-half tries all converted by Marcus Smith, with James Lang's penalty their solitary score of the second period.

Tito Tebaldi scored a hat-trick of tries as Benetton beat Agen 38-24 in the other game in pool five.

Nick Fenton-Wells also grabbed a hat-trick of his own to lead Bristol to a comprehensive 65-9 pool four victory over Enisei-STM.

Piers O'Connor (two), Joe Joyce, Nick Haining, Matt Protheroe, Jake Armstrong, Sam Graham and Tom Pincus also crossed for the Bears, who climbed to second in the pool table.

Callum Sheedy added five conversions.