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Chris Ashton. Picture: Getty

Chris Ashton. Picture: Getty

Chris Ashton. Picture: Getty

Sale Sharks remain top of Connacht's Challenge Cup pool after they won a fiery encounter in Bordeaux to maintain their 100pc run in the competition this season.

The two-time winners had the bonus point in the bag by the break and pushed on to win by 50-24, their second bonus-point win in France in this campaign.

Two tries from Chris Ashton (pictured) helped them open up a 24-10 interval lead with Bordeaux-Begles facing an uphill battle when lock Cyril Cazeaux was red-carded before the break.

Sale ran in eight tries in total to sit top of the pool with a maximum 15 points after three games, seven ahead of Connacht.

They lost lock Andrei Ostrikov to a red card which opened the way for a couple of consolation scores for Bordeaux-Begles to save some face in front of their fans in the crowd of 12,600 at Stade Delmas.

Four other players were binned in the contest which should ensure that the return match this weekend is also a feisty affair.

Sale Sharks will fancy their chances of topping the pool, while La Rochelle and Clermont Auvergne also have maximum points after three games.

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