Bath Rugby rise to third after bonus-point win over Sale Sharks

Sale Sharks 22 v Bath Rugby 37

Bath Rugby rise to third in the table after securing a 37-22 bonus-point win over Sale Sharks in Round 20 of the Gallagher Premiership on Sunday. 

The Blue, Black and White came from behind to beat Sale Sharks, who were looking to add their fifth win in a row in the domestic competition. 

Scores from Ruaridh McConnochie, who is now the leading try scorer in consecutive games (6), a brace from Ben Spencer and a late try from Jonathan Joseph to secure all five points came back to the West Country. 

Sale were ahead in the early stages through Rohan Janse van Rensburg after a good burst of pace from the centre but it was short lived as McConnochie benefitted from a neat offload to score in the corner to level the proceedings. 

Rhys Priestland added a penalty to give Bath the lead before Spencer added a scrappy score in the corner. This gave Bath Rugby a 10-point lead at half-time.

After the interval, it was all guns blazing - Jean-Luc du Preez crashed over from close range bumping off three defenders to score but Priestland replied with a couple of well hit penalties to tide the score over. 

Spencer then added his second in spectacular style with an interception but Sale Sharks were not done there - a late score from South African Dan du Preez added a late scare but the final nail was hit by Joseph, who dashed in under the posts to dot down for the decisive bonus-point score. 


KEY MOMENT 

The Bath Rugby fly-half earns this week's key moment having converted two penalties in quick succession to give Bath Rugby an eight point swing in the game which proved decisive. Just six minutes after this, Ben Spencer added another try to stretch the score further.


REACTION


SCORERS

Sale Sharks

Tries: Rohan Janse van Rensburg (4'), Jean-Luc du Preez (52'), Dan du Preez (73')

Conversions: AJ MacGinty (4', 74')

Penalties: AJ MacGinty (58')

Bath Rugby

Tries: Ruaridh McConnochie (20'), Ben Spencer (30', 69'), Jonathan Joseph (78') 

Conversions: Rhys Priestland (21', 31', 70', 79')

Penalties: Rhys Priestland (24', 61', 63')


GALLERY


Match details

AJ Bell Stadium
Gallagher Premiership
13 September 2020
KO 15:00

Referee: Matthew Carley
Half Time score: 7-17

Sharks:
Tries: Janse van Rensburg (3), du Preez (51, 71)
Conversions: MacGinty (4, 71)
Penalties: MacGinty (57)
Bath:
Tries: McConnochie (20), Spencer (30, 68), Joseph (77)
Conversions: Priestland (21, 30, 69, 78)
Penalties: Priestland (23, 60, 62)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Sharks and Bath.

4'

Try for Sharks! Sharks 5 - 0 Bath

Rohan Janse van Rensburg scores for Sharks.

5'

Conversion! Sharks 7 - 0 Bath

AJ MacGinty with a conversion for Sharks.

13'

Substitution

Tom Ellis replaces Josh Bayliss for Bath.

21'

Try for Bath! Sharks 7 - 5 Bath

Ruaridh McConnochie scores for Bath.

22'

Conversion! Sharks 7 - 7 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

23'

Yellow Card!

Sharks lose Jono Ross for ten minutes.

24'

Penalty Goal! Sharks 7 - 10 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

31'

Try for Bath! Sharks 7 - 15 Bath

Ben Spencer scores for Bath.

31'

Conversion! Sharks 7 - 17 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

40'

HALF TIME

Match score: Sharks 7 - 17 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

49'

Substitution

Daniel du Preez replaces Ben Curry for Sharks.

51'

Substitution

Rob Webber replaces Akker van der Merwe for Sharks.

51'

Substitution

Coenie Oosthuizen replaces Valery Morozov for Sharks.

51'

Substitution

Jake Cooper-Woolley replaces WillGriff John for Sharks.

52'

Try for Sharks! Sharks 12 - 17 Bath

Jean-Luc du Preez scores for Sharks.

55'

Substitution

Sam James replaces Rohan Janse van Rensburg for Sharks.

57'

Substitution

Will Spencer replaces Josh McNally for Bath.

58'

Penalty Goal! Sharks 15 - 17 Bath

AJ MacGinty kicks a penalty goal for Sharks.

59'

Substitution

Cameron Redpath replaces Josh Matavesi for Bath.

61'

Penalty Goal! Sharks 15 - 20 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

62'

Yellow Card!

Sharks lose Rob Webber for ten minutes.

63'

Penalty Goal! Sharks 15 - 23 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

66'

Substitution

Cobus Wiese replaces Matt Postlethwaite for Sharks.

66'

Substitution

Miles Reid replaces Sam Underhill for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Juan Schoeman replaces Beno Obano for Bath.

69'

Try for Bath! Sharks 15 - 28 Bath

Ben Spencer scores for Bath.

70'

Conversion! Sharks 15 - 30 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Arron Reed replaces Marland Yarde for Sharks.

70'

Substitution

Will Cliff replaces Faf de Klerk for Sharks.

71'

Substitution

Akker van der Merwe replaces Arron Reed for Sharks.

72'

Try for Sharks! Sharks 20 - 30 Bath

Daniel du Preez scores for Sharks.

72'

Conversion! Sharks 22 - 30 Bath

AJ MacGinty with a conversion for Sharks.

72'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces Will Stuart for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Arron Reed replaces Akker van der Merwe for Sharks.

78'

Try for Bath! Sharks 22 - 35 Bath

Jonathan Joseph scores for Bath.

79'

Conversion! Sharks 22 - 37 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

80'

Substitution

Will Chudley replaces Jonathan Joseph for Bath.

80'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Sharks 22 - 37 Bath.