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Bath Rugby come up short in close encounter at Edgeley Park

Sale Sharks 16 v 9 Bath Rugby

13 April 2012, KO 19:45

Edgeley Park
AVIVA Premiership

Substitution | Peel <> Willis 11' Yellow card | Sheridan 19' Penalty | Barkley 20' Penalty | MacLeod 33' Penalty | MacLeod 38' Penalty | MacLeod 53' Substitution | Batty <> Dixon 53' Substitution | Attwood <> Caldwell 53' Penalty | Barkley 54' Substitution | Caldwell <> Ovens 57' Substitution | Tuitupou <> Addison 60' Penalty | Barkley 63' Substitution | Vernon <> Easter 63' Substitution | Buckley <> Thomas 63' Substitution | Wilson <> Perenise 65' Substitution | Catt <> Beech 70' Try | Miller 71' Conversion | MacLeod 72'



















13 April 2012, 11:21pm

Bath Rugby come up short in close encounter at Edgeley Park

A late converted try from Sale's Rob Miller sealed defeat for Bath Rugby in what had otherwise been a close affair at Edgeley Park. Final Score 16-9.

The visitors started the game well, building good pressure early on through a number of phases. This paid off within two minutes when they were awarded a penalty, but young fly-half Tom Heathcote couldn't quite find his angle.

Sale looked dangerous in attack though, and it took some staunch defence from Bath to stop the home side from breaching the try line. Breaks from Andy Powell and Sam Tuitupou looked threatening, but the visitors held firm and overturned the ball, allowing Olly Barkley to clear.

A deliberate knock-on from Sale just under 20 minutes into the game gave Barkley the chance to kick the ball to touch, and the resulting line-out saw Andrew Sheridan earn a yellow card after Sale brought down a man in the lineout for the second time. Barkley slotted the resulting penalty, and gave Bath a slim 0-3 lead.

The first half continued in the pacy style it had begun, with both sides trying to get some fluidity into the game. Sale continued to exert pressure, and whilst the defence of Bath continued to hold them away from the try line, the persistence of the home side told, with two penalties being awarded in the last ten minutes. Fly-half Nick Macleod was accurate with both, first drawing level and then securing a three point lead to take into half time. 6-3.

The second half started in much the same way as the first had, with both teams trying hard to create chances and gain dominance in the game. Sale were enjoying the majority of the possession though, and it took a great try saving tackle from Nick Abendanon on his opposite number to prevent Sale from increasing their lead, winning a penalty in the process, and allowing Bath to clear their lines and relieve the pressure.

The respite was fleeting though, and Macleod extended their lead moments later with another penalty. Barkley responded soon after with a penalty of his own, bringing Bath back to within three points, and drew level on the 63rd minute after the Bath pack won at penalty at the scrum. 9-9.

The scores remained level going into the final ten minutes, reflecting the close nature of the game, and it took an unlucky bounce off a high ball to break the deadlock. Bath put up the high ball, and after it fell awkwardly, Sale fullback Miller hacked through and chased. A straight footrace between the two fullbacks ensued, and whilst it looked like Miller had taken Abendanon off the ball, the TMO awarded the try. Macleod secured the conversion. 16-9.

With little time remaining on the clock, the Bath boys didn't give up, attacking hard and putting together a string of phases following a missed penalty attempt by Macleod. Their efforts went unrewarded, but they did leave Edgeley Park with the bonus point.

Match details

Attendance: 8043
Referee: Greg Garner
Half Time score: 6-3


Tries: Miller (71)
Cons: MacLeod (72)
Pens: MacLeod (33,38,53)


Pens: Barkley (20,54,63)

Sale score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Rob Miller 1 0 0 0 5
Nick MacLeod 0 1 3 0 11

Bath score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Olly Barkley 0 0 3 0 9

Other results

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half




P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
1 FB Rob Miller15Nick Abendanon FB
W Tom Brady14Matthew Carraro W
C Johnny Leota13Matthew Banahan C
C Sam Tuitupou12Olly Barkley C 3
W Mark Cueto11Tom Biggs W
3 1 FH Nick MacLeod10Tom Heathcote FH
SH Dwayne Peel9Michael Claassens SH
P Andrew Sheridan1Nathan Catt P
H Joe Ward2Ross Batty H
P Tony Buckley3Dave Wilson P
L Andrei Ostrikov4Stuart Hooper L
L Kearnan Myall5Dave Attwood L
FL Richie Vernon6Ben Skirving FL
FL David Seymour7Carl Fearns FL
8 Andrew Powell8Simon Taylor 8


rh Marc Jones16Pieter Dixon rh
rp Vadim Cobilas17Charlie Beech rp
rp Henry Thomas18Anthony Perenise rp
r8 Tom Holmes19Ryan Caldwell r8
rfl Mark Easter20Josh Ovens rfl
rsh Cillian Willis21Mark McMillan rsh
rfh Will Addison22Sam Vesty rfh
rc Charlie Amesbury23Dan Hipkiss rc