Cons - Lamb (2), Pen - Lamb, DG - Lamb
Replacements: Matt Williams, Ethan Waller, Danny Hobbs, Darrell Dyer, Jamie Warr, Ryan Glynn, Will Hooley, Anders Mogensen
Replacements: James Flynn, Sam Lewis, Joe Kelly, Danny Waddy, Ryan de la Harpe, Mike Haley, Sam James, Matt Clarke
There was a single-point difference between the sides for over half an hour during the second half, but a last gasp Mogensen try settled the issue.
The Wanderers went ahead through Ryan Lamb's penalty in the third minute, but the Jets replied a minute later when Mark Jennings punted through a loose pass and dived onto the ball for the evening's first try.
The game was flowing fast and while Tom Collins' run to the line was halted for crossing, James Craig stole the subsequent lineout and the Wanderers maul progressed some 20 metres. When the ball became free, Lamb's sweeping pass found Cato and the full back scored his side's first try with ten minutes gone.
Two minutes later came another fine scoring effort. Tom May led the charge from inside his own half and when Collins scooped up a cross kick, the young wing also showed the presence of mind to offload on his way to the floor, teeing up the score for Ethan Waller.
The hosts were certainly on top, but after a number of scrums and penalties came to nothing, the next set piece descended into handbags and on the touch judge's advice, brothers Ethan and Alex Waller were yellow carded, along with Sale's Ross Harrison.
When Collins charged down a clearance it looked as though the 13 men would score next. A couple of loose passes by the home side conceded both territory and the ball. With the Wanderers stretched, Richie Vernon cruised under the sticks for a try on 28 minutes.
Jordan Davies added the extras and then struck the post with the conversion of Nick Royle's try four minutes later, as the Jets exploited the extra space at their disposal. The Wanderers recaptured the lead just as the Wallers returned, Stephenson setting his side on the front foot in a move finished by a Lamb drop goal.
The 18-17 margin remained until the break but Sale were in front again four minutes after the resumption, Will Cliff speeding clear with enough support to put Cameron Shepherd over beside the posts. Davies converted.
The momentum of the game continued to swing and having won a turnover for the Wanderers, Stephenson then jinked through and produced the scoring pass for Darrell Dyer on 49 minutes, giving Lamb a simple conversion.
Chances were few and far between in the third quarter, though crunching hits from Alex and Scott Armstrong kept the crowd interested, the latter as the Jets attempted to play their way clear. Their efforts came to nothing, however, as did another series of phases just moments from time. After a Wanderers' maul made metres in midfield, the game was finally settled by Anders Mogensen with the final play of the match.
Scoring (Wanderers first): 3-0, 3-5, 8-5, 15-5, 15-12, 15-17, 18-17 (Half Time) 18-24, 25-24, 30-24