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Bath Rugby make it five from six with victory over Sale Sharks

Bath Rugby 30 v Sale Sharks 3

Bath Rugby beat Sale Sharks 30-3 under the floodlights at the Recreation Ground tonight to make it five Aviva Premiership wins from six.

Bath opened the scoring almost immediately, courtesy of Matt Banahan – who scored his 50th Aviva Premiership try for Bath in the process – the first Bath player to achieve the feat.

After Jonathan Joseph broke through a tackle whilst arcing his run towards the right flank, the ball was offloaded to Banahan, who - although chopped down five metres from the try line – crawled and stretched to get the ball over the whitewash. George Ford added the extras from a tight angle. 7-0.

In front of the record 13,918 crowd at the Rec, both sides looked up for a physical battle, with big hits going in left, right and centre.

After some bruising midfield play, Bath repelled a number of Sharks phases before Will Addison knocked over a penalty from under the posts. 7-3.

Bath soaked up yet more pressure at the back as Sale continued to ask questions of the home forwards - and then launched a blistering counter of their own when they turned over possession.

Bath added to their lead through the boot of Ford with three minutes of the half remaining after Sale were punished for an infringement in the scrum.

The hosts spread the ball with pace and intent throughout the first half, and found themselves going in at the break 10-3 up.

Half Time – Bath Rugby 10 – Sale Sharks 3

Joseph, as is normally the case in Bath colours, looked more than happy to run with the ball in his hands and put Bath on the front foot straight from the start of the second-half with a trademark lung-busting run. 

Ford continued to build points for the home side shortly after the restart, bumping the score up by three with another metronomic penalty after another scrum infringement from the visitors.

Addison was given the ideal chance to reduce the deficit with a penalty of his own, but he could not keep his effort on target and the score remained 13-3.

Then came the flashpoint of the half – Halani Aulika was adjudged to have tackled Attwood without using his arms, giving Ford another shot at goal. No further action was taken by referee Tom Foley, and Bath’s lead was extended to 13.

Bath put clear daylight between the sides minutes later, and it was nothing more than scrum-half Kahn Fotuali’i deserved. After the ball came loose ten metres inside the Sale half, Fotuali’i pounced on it and sprinted away, unopposed, beneath the posts to hammer home his side’s advantage. Ford easily kicked the extras, giving his side a 20-point lead.

Kane Palma-Newport was the next to get in on the act, claiming a lineout that Sale had initially won, before jinking to the right and bundling over the line for Bath’s third score of the night. Ford helped himself to yet more points after nailing the difficult conversion.

With Bath then finding themselves defending their try line for the last five minutes of the game, there was just enough time for one last dramatic act. Johnny Leota unceremoniously upended Aled Brew, and was sent to the sinbin for his troubles.

Bath closed the game out to record a comprehensive victory.

Final Score – Bath Rugby 30 - Sale Sharks 3

Match details

Recreation Ground
Aviva Premiership
7 October 2016
KO 19:45

Attendance: 13,918
Referee: Tom Foley
Half Time score: 10-3

Bath:
Tries: Banahan (2), Fotuali'i (60), Palma-Newport (65)
Conversions: Ford (3, 61, 67)
Penalties: Ford (37, 46, 56)
Sharks:
Penalties: Addison (14)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Sharks.

3'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 0 Sharks

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

4'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 0 Sharks

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

15'

Penalty Goal! Bath 7 - 3 Sharks

Will Addison kicks a penalty goal for Sharks.

38'

Penalty Goal! Bath 10 - 3 Sharks

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 10 - 3 Sharks.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

47'

Penalty Goal! Bath 13 - 3 Sharks

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

48'

Substitution

Halani 'Aulika replaces Brian Mujati for Sharks.

48'

Substitution

Ross Harrison replaces Eifion Lewis-Roberts for Sharks.

48'

Substitution

Mike Haley replaces Byron McGuigan for Sharks.

54'

Substitution

Charlie Ewels replaces Tom Ellis for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Andrei Ostrikov replaces Jonathan Mills for Sharks.

57'

Penalty Goal! Bath 16 - 3 Sharks

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Magnus Lund replaces David Seymour for Sharks.

57'

Substitution

Guy Mercer replaces Elliott Stooke for Bath.

60'

Substitution

Laurence Pearce replaces Neil Briggs for Sharks.

60'

Substitution

James Mitchell replaces Mike Phillips for Sharks.

61'

Try for Bath! Bath 21 - 3 Sharks

Kahn Fotuali'i scores for Bath.

62'

Conversion! Bath 23 - 3 Sharks

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Kahn Fotuali'i for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Kane Palma-Newport replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Dan Mugford replaces Alan MacGinty for Sharks.

66'

Try for Bath! Bath 28 - 3 Sharks

Kane Palma-Newport scores for Bath.

68'

Conversion! Bath 30 - 3 Sharks

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Jeff Williams replaces Jonathan Joseph for Bath.

78'

Substitution

Adam Hastings replaces George Ford for Bath.

83'

Yellow Card!

Sharks lose Johnny Leota for ten minutes.

88'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 30 - 3 Sharks.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford033015
Kahn Fotuali'i10005
Matt Banahan10005
Kane Palma-Newport10005
Sharks Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Will Addison00103
Bath v Sharks
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PNathan
Catt
1Eifion
Lewis-Roberts
P    
    HTom
Dunn
2Neil
Briggs
H    
    PHenry
Thomas
3Brian
Mujati
P    
    LElliott
Stooke
4Bryn
Evans
L    
    LDave
Attwood
5Jonathan
Mills
L    
    FLMatt
Garvey
6Cameron
Neild
FL    
    FLTom
Ellis
7David
Seymour
FL    
    8Zach
Mercer
8Josh
Beaumont
8    
   1SHKahn
Fotuali'i
9Mike
Phillips
SH    
3 3 FHGeorge
Ford
10Alan
MacGinty
FH    
    WAled
Brew
11Paolo
Odogwu
W    
   1CMatt
Banahan
12Johnny
Leota
C    
    CJonathan
Joseph
13Sam
James
C    
    WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Will
Addison
W   1
    FBTom
Homer
15Byron
McGuigan
FB    
Replacements
    RHRoss
Batty
16Ross
Harrison
RP    
    RPNick
Auterac
17Halani
'Aulika
RP    
   1RPKane
Palma-Newport
18Andrei
Ostrikov
RL    
    RFLCharlie
Ewels
19Magnus
Lund
RFL    
    RLGuy
Mercer
20Laurence
Pearce
RH    
    RSHChris
Cook
21James
Mitchell
RSH    
    RFHAdam
Hastings
22Dan
Mugford
RFH    
    RCJeff
Williams
23Mike
Haley
RFB