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Sale Sharks hold off Bath Rugby's second-half comeback

Sale Sharks 27 v Bath Rugby 24

Sale Sharks held off a second-half comeback from Bath Rugby to secure a narrow 27-24 victory at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The home side started in the ascendancy, but it was Bath, who were first over the whitewash after 23 minutes through Max Clark, despite being down to 14 men after Shaun Knight was sin-binned six minutes earlier. Matt Banahan and Francois Louw played a pivotal role in the score, with clever offloads giving Bath territorial advantage in the Sale 22. With the platform firmly created, Kahn Fotuali’i used quick ball to find the on-rushing Clark and the outside centre did the rest as he scored his second try in as many games. 3-7

Shortly after, AJ MacGinty added his second penalty of the game before Sale took control of the closing stages of the half with two tries in quick succession. Denny Solomona put his side in front with an excellent solo effort, as the winger evaded the Bath defence and powered his way over the line with seven minutes to go to the half-time whistle. 13-7

With the game into first half stoppage time, Sale scored their second try of the afternoon with another well-worked effort. It was Solomona’s fellow rugby league convert Josh Charnley, who got the move going on the left wing, before flanker Ben Curry forced his way over to extend the Sharks’ lead going into the break.

Half-time score – Sale Sharks 20-10 Bath Rugby

The second half started in similar fashion, with Sale showing their attacking flair in the Bath half. A flowing move from right to left gave Sale numerical advantage and Sam James sent the crucial pass to Charnley, who went in at the corner. 27-10

The momentum started turning in Bath’s favour and with 56 minutes on the clock, the Blue, Black and White found a route back intoin the game. Sale were unable to combat a dominant Bath scrum five metres out and referee Greg Garner had no choice but to award the penalty try. 27-17

Seven minutes later, Bath delivered another seven-point score, with Matt Banahan going using all his strength to score his side's third try of the afternoon and move within three points on the scoreboard. 27-24

A superb breakaway from Bath nearly finished with Banahan making it a double as the Bath stalwart stretched for the line. The call went to the TMO, but agonisingly for the visitors, Banahan was deemed to have lost forward in his attempt to ground the ball.

Despite some flurries into the opposition half, Sale held on until the final whistle, with the remaining two minutes played with 14 men apiece after Louw and Neil Briggs were sent to the sin-bin.

Final score – Sale Sharks 27-24 Bath Rugby

 

 

Match details

AJ Bell Stadium
Aviva Premiership
6 May 2017
KO 16:00

Referee: Greg Garner
Half Time score: 20-10

Sharks:
Tries: Solomona (32), Curry (40), Charnley (49)
Conversions: MacGinty (34, 42, 51)
Penalties: MacGinty (16, 26)
Bath:
Tries: Clark (22), Banahan (62)
Conversions: Priestland (23, 55), Ford (62)
Penalties: Priestland (35)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Sharks and Bath.

17'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Shaun Knight for ten minutes.

17'

Substitution

Josh Charnley replaces Byron McGuigan for Sharks.

17'

Penalty Goal! Sharks 3 - 0 Bath

Alan MacGinty kicks a penalty goal for Sharks.

23'

Try for Bath! Sharks 3 - 5 Bath

Max Clark scores for Bath.

24'

Conversion! Sharks 3 - 7 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

27'

Penalty Goal! Sharks 6 - 7 Bath

Alan MacGinty kicks a penalty goal for Sharks.

33'

Try for Sharks! Sharks 11 - 7 Bath

Denny Solomona scores for Sharks.

35'

Conversion! Sharks 13 - 7 Bath

Alan MacGinty with a conversion for Sharks.

36'

Penalty Goal! Sharks 13 - 10 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

41'

Try for Sharks! Sharks 18 - 10 Bath

Ben Curry scores for Sharks.

43'

Conversion! Sharks 20 - 10 Bath

Alan MacGinty with a conversion for Sharks.

43'

HALF TIME

Match score: Sharks 20 - 10 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Magnus Lund replaces Josh Beaumont for Sharks.

49'

Substitution

Robbie Fruean replaces Max Clark for Bath.

49'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Chris Brooker for Bath.

49'

Substitution

Darryl Marfo replaces Beno Obano for Bath.

49'

Substitution

Kane Palma-Newport replaces Shaun Knight for Bath.

50'

Try for Sharks! Sharks 25 - 10 Bath

Josh Charnley scores for Sharks.

52'

Conversion! Sharks 27 - 10 Bath

Alan MacGinty with a conversion for Sharks.

56'

Try for Bath! Sharks 27 - 15 Bath

scores for Bath.

56'

Conversion! Sharks 27 - 17 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Matt Garvey replaces Dave Attwood for Bath.

58'

Substitution

George Ford replaces Rhys Priestland for Bath.

63'

Try for Bath! Sharks 27 - 22 Bath

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

63'

Conversion! Sharks 27 - 24 Bath

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Jake Pope replaces James Flynn for Sharks.

68'

Substitution

Paul Grant replaces Tom Ellis for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Peter Stringer replaces Mike Phillips for Sharks.

75'

Substitution

Neil Briggs replaces Rob Webber for Sharks.

77'

Substitution

Mark Jennings replaces Johnny Leota for Sharks.

77'

Substitution

George Nott replaces Andrei Ostrikov for Sharks.

79'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Francois Louw for ten minutes.

79'

Yellow Card!

Sharks lose Neil Briggs for ten minutes.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Sharks.

Final score: Sharks 27 - 24 Bath.

Sharks Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Alan MacGinty032012
Ben Curry10005
Denny Solomona10005
Josh Charnley10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Rhys Priestland02107
Max Clark10005
Matt Banahan10005
George Ford01002
Sharks v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PJames
Flynn
1Beno
Obano
P    
    HRob
Webber
2Chris
Brooker
H    
    PRoss
Harrison
3Shaun
Knight
P    
    LBryn
Evans
4Elliott
Stooke
L    
    LAndrei
Ostrikov
5Dave
Attwood
L    
   1FLBen
Curry
6Tom
Ellis
FL    
    FLTom
Curry
7Francois
Louw
FL    
    8Josh
Beaumont
8Taulupe
Faletau
8    
    SHMike
Phillips
9Kahn
Fotuali'i
SH    
2 3 FHAlan
MacGinty
10Rhys
Priestland
FH 2 1
    WByron
McGuigan
11Aled
Brew
W    
    CJohnny
Leota
12Ben
Tapuai
C    
    CSam
James
13Max
Clark
C1   
   1WDenny
Solomona
14Matt
Banahan
W1   
    FBMike
Haley
15Tom
Homer
FB    
Replacements
    RCameron
Neild
16Ross
Batty
RH    
Replacements
    RHNeil
Briggs
16Ross
Batty
RH    
    RPJake
Pope
17Darryl
Marfo
RP    
    RDiogo
Ferreira
18Kane
Palma-Newport
RP    
    RLGeorge
Nott
19Matt
Garvey
RL    
    R8Magnus
Lund
20Paul
Grant
RFL    
    RSHPeter
Stringer
21Chris
Cook
R    
    RCMark
Jennings
22George
Ford
RFH 1  
   1RWJosh
Charnley
23Robbie
Fruean
RC