Match Preview | Sale Sharks | Gallagher Premiership | R19

13 May 2021

Bath Rugby and Sale Sharks haven’t met at the Rec since December 2019 with the Blue, Black and Whites winning that day and two games at the AJ Bell that have since followed.

Stuart Hooper’s men overcame Alex Sanderson’s side back in February in freezing conditions with a late home converted try narrowing the scoreline to 27-22 with the clock in the red.

Tom de Glanville, who returned to action last weekend, was on the scoresheet that day and says it’s one of the most enjoyable games in a Bath jersey.

“I really enjoyed Sale away earlier in the season,” he said.

“It was a great game in the cold up there. I really enjoyed the way we attacked; our counter attack was great, we found weak shoulders, we offloaded and moved the ball even though it was cold and windy – we didn’t let it stop us.

“We were really expansive in the way we played.”

Bath have won five of their six previous home meetings with Sale, the other a 7-7 draw in the 2018/19 campaign which was followed by a 6-3 scoreline in the reverse fixture.

Those two games are an anomaly with an average of 48 points being scored in the nine other matches played since April 2016.


MATCH DETAILS

Date: 14 May 2021
Kick-off: 19:45
Competition: Gallagher Premiership
Where: The Rec
Referee: Karl Dickson
Assistants: Greg Macdonald & Simon McConnell
TMO: Christophe Ridley
Citing Commissioner: Danae Zamboulis
Media Coverage: BT Sport 1


Sale sharks’ CURRENT FORM

(WWLWW)

Sale Sharks 26-10 Leicester Tigers | Gallagher Premiership
Worcester Warriors 32-35 Sale Sharks | Gallagher Premiership
Sale Sharks 25-22 Gloucester | Gallagher Premiership
La Rochelle 45-21 Sale Sharks | Heineken Champions Cup
Scarlets 14-57 Sale Sharks | Heineken Champions Cup


A CLASSIC IN THE RESTART

Bath Rugby won their fourth successive Premiership game for a bonus-point success over top-four rivals Sale Sharks.

Ben Spencer twice crossed with Sharks players in the sin bin and Rhys Priestland was perfect from the tee.

Bath's opening try came from Ruaridh McConnochie and Jonathan Joseph confirmed the extra point that lifts Bath into third above Sale.

Rohan Janse van Rensburg, and twins Jean-Luc du Preez and Daniel du Preez scored the hosts' tries.


 

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