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Premiership Rugby 7s round-up

Bath Rugby ended their Premiership Rugby campaign with a narrow defeat to Sale Sharks in the plate semi-final at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.

Performance Pathway Coach, Ryan Davis, said: "The boys have come away with a lot in terms of how the game can swing. There were a few momentum shifts in that last game. 

"We really showed some signs of learning and its a great platform for the boys to get some experience and the focus going into the Premiership Cup next week, this is just another building block for performance.

Bath Rugby 22-29 Sale Sharks 

Bath Rugby began the plate semi-final in fine form with as Levi Davis cruised in from the flanks to score after good work from Tomasi Tanumi. 

Sale responded with a quick-fire double from Raffi Quirke and Tom Curtis allowed Sale to take control as the match neared the half-time whistle.

But Myles Bean had other ideas as he dashed for the line with Bath taking a 12-10 lead into the break.

Naca Kinikinilau scored straight after the break with a powering run after winning a penalty with Sale going off their feet at the ruck. The Fijian powerhouse found his way over with ease and stretched the score to seven points. 

Sale hit back again with two more scores to flip the scoreline, Luke James, going the length of the field to score, and Curtis Langdon finding a gap with the front row powering over. 

Tom Curtis converted the score to give Sale a five-point lead before Ollie Fox powered his way over with a close-range effort to tie the scores but as the game headed for over-time Quirke scored the decisive score to send the Sharks through to face Gloucester in the plate final.

Bath Rugby 5-50 Wasps

First up for the Blue, Black and White were last season’s finalists Wasps, who boasted a team of six first team players.

It was always going to be a tough battle against an experienced outfit, with Callum Sirker and Jacob Umaga opening the game with two quickfire tries.

Zach Kibirige, a former England sevens international added a third, as the experienced winger pounced on a loose ball to extend his side’s advantage.

Bath got their first points of the evening courtesy of a fantastic solo effort from Naca Kinikinilau. The sevens specialist collected the ball on his own 10-metre line and raced through the gap in the Wasps defence. Ben Vellacott was quick to track down Kinikinilau, but the Fijian showed his strength to fend off the former Gloucester man to score.

Sirker added his second of the evening before the half-time interval to give his side a 19-point advantage at half-time with the score at 24-5.

Wasps came flying out of the blocks in the second half and their experience continued to show against Bath Rugby side, which gave the likes of first year Academy prospects Max Ojomoh and George Worboys some invaluable experience.

Velllacot, Paolo Odogwu and two further tries from Sirker completes a 50-5 victory for the men from Coventry, who subsequently beat Leicester Tigers 48-5 in their second fixture.

Bath Rugby 19-24 Leicester Tigers 

 

In the penultimate game of the evening, Bath faced Leicester and it was Tigers, who found themselves in front with two early tries. Toby Smith and Henry Lavin crossed the whitewash in quick succession, with Joe Browning adding a third to open up a 19-point lead.

Ollie Fox pulled one back in the last play of the first half, as the scrum-half jinked his way through the Leicester defence to run in under the post from inside his own half.

Bath continued to show their fight and were rewarded following some great determination from Levi Davis on the restart. De Glanville switched play with the first kick of the second half and Davis took advantage to send Fin Dewar in reduce arrears. 

Myles Bean then drew Bath level, as the flyer showed his quick feet to evade the tackles on the touchline to touch down under the posts.

Freddie Steward put Leicester back in front courtesy of some quick hands, which gave his side a 24-19 lead going into the closing moments.

De Glanville came within five metres of giving Bath a late victory, but was denied by some last ditch defending. 

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