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Sale Sharks survive Bath Rugby comeback

Sale Sharks 29 v Bath Rugby 17

Sale Sharks overcame a second-half comeback from Bath Rugby to win the first of their two successive Aviva Premiership encounters by 29 points to 17.

Sale took little time to draw first blood in the match, tighthead Vadim Cobilas crashing over near the posts in the ninth minute for a try that was converted by Danny Cipriani. 7-0.

 

Five minutes later, Bath captain George Ford atoned for an earlier missed kick at goal with a successful penalty. 7-3. 

 

Midway through the first half, Cipriani showed a trademark moment of ball-handling magic to open up a gap out wide for wing Will Addison to touch down. Ciprani added the extras. 14-3. 

 

A further Cipriani penalty in the 38th minute was bookended two minutes either side by penalties from Ford as Bath twice won scrum penalties against the head. 

 

Half-time: Sale Sharks 17-9 Bath Rugby

 

Arguably the best phase of the match for Bath came 11 minutes into the second half, when some breathtaking fingertip handling from Leroy Houston, Rhys Priestland and then George Ford took play from one side of the field to the other, ending with a Semesa Rokoduguni in the right corner. Ford was unable to add the two points from the touchline. 17-14.

 

The second half continued in the same vein for Bath's forwards, as their scrum won another penalty against the head in the 56th minute, allowing Ford to put three points on the board that levelled the scores. 17-17.

 

Bath were made to see out much of the the final ten minutes with 13 men following an injury to Kyle Eastmond and then a Dom Day yellow card - after Bath's forwards brought down Sale's maul metres out from the visitors' line.

On their second maul attempt after the yellow, Sale succeeded in scoring through replacement back row Dave Seymour, althought the TMO adjudged Cipriani's conversion to have been unsuccessful. 22-17. 

Sale enjoyed a final flourish with just a minute left on the clock as number eight Mark Easter scored a try down the left thanks to a powerful burst by wing Nev Edwards. Cipriani made light work of a difficult conversion to add the extra two points.

Full-time: Sale Sharks 29-17 Bath Rugby

Match details

AJ Bell Stadium
Aviva Premiership
17 April 2016
KO 14:30

Referee: Luke Pearce
Half Time score: 17-9

Sharks:
Tries: Cobilas (9), Addison (19), Seymour (72), Easter (78)
Conversions: Cipriani (10, 20, 79)
Penalties: Cipriani (37)
Bath:
Tries: Rokoduguni (50)
Penalties: Ford (14, 34, 41, 56)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Sharks and Bath.

10'

Try for Sharks! Sharks 5 - 0 Bath

Vadim Cobilas scores for Sharks.

11'

Conversion! Sharks 7 - 0 Bath

Danny Cipriani with a conversion for Sharks.

15'

Penalty Goal! Sharks 7 - 3 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

20'

Try for Sharks! Sharks 12 - 3 Bath

Will Addison scores for Sharks.

21'

Conversion! Sharks 14 - 3 Bath

Danny Cipriani with a conversion for Sharks.

35'

Penalty Goal! Sharks 14 - 6 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

38'

Penalty Goal! Sharks 17 - 6 Bath

Danny Cipriani kicks a penalty goal for Sharks.

42'

Penalty Goal! Sharks 17 - 9 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

42'

HALF TIME

Match score: Sharks 17 - 9 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

51'

Try for Bath! Sharks 17 - 14 Bath

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

53'

Substitution

Tom Brady replaces Sam Tuitupou for Sharks.

53'

Substitution

James Flynn replaces Eifion Lewis-Roberts for Sharks.

53'

Substitution

Kyle Eastmond replaces Rhys Priestland for Bath.

53'

Substitution

Amanaki Mafi replaces Matt Garvey for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

55'

Substitution

David Wilson replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

57'

Penalty Goal! Sharks 17 - 17 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Brian Mujati replaces Vadim Cobilas for Sharks.

60'

Substitution

David Seymour replaces Cameron Neild for Sharks.

60'

Substitution

Jonathan Mills replaces Andrei Ostrikov for Sharks.

63'

Substitution

Charlie Ewels replaces Dave Attwood for Bath.

63'

Substitution

David Denton replaces Leroy Houston for Bath.

71'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

71'

Substitution

Will Homer replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

73'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Dominic Day for ten minutes.

73'

Try for Sharks! Sharks 22 - 17 Bath

David Seymour scores for Sharks.

79'

Try for Sharks! Sharks 27 - 17 Bath

Mark Easter scores for Sharks.

80'

Conversion! Sharks 29 - 17 Bath

Danny Cipriani with a conversion for Sharks.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Sharks.

Final score: Sharks 29 - 17 Bath.

Sharks Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Danny Cipriani03109
Vadim Cobilas10005
Mark Easter10005
Will Addison10005
David Seymour10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford004012
Semesa Rokoduguni10005
Sharks v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PEifion
Lewis-Roberts
1Nathan
Catt
P    
    HTommy
Taylor
2Rob
Webber
H    
   1PVadim
Cobilas
3Henry
Thomas
P    
    LBryn
Evans
4Dominic
Day
L    
    LAndrei
Ostrikov
5Dave
Attwood
L    
    FLCameron
Neild
6Matt
Garvey
FL    
    FLTJ
Ioane
7Guy
Mercer
FL    
   18Mark
Easter
8Leroy
Houston
8    
    SHPeter
Stringer
9Chris
Cook
SH    
1 3 FHDanny
Cipriani
10George
Ford
FH   4
    WNeville
Edwards
11Matt
Banahan
W    
    CSam
Tuitupou
12Ollie
Devoto
C    
    CSam
James
13Jonathan
Joseph
C    
   1WWill
Addison
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W1   
    FBMike
Haley
15Rhys
Priestland
FB    
Replacements
    RNeil
Briggs
16Tom
Dunn
RH    
    RRoss
Harrison
17Nick
Auterac
RP    
    RPJames
Flynn
17Nick
Auterac
RP    
    RPBrian
Mujati
18David
Wilson
RP    
    RLJonathan
Mills
19Charlie
Ewels
RL    
   1RFLDavid
Seymour
20David
Denton
R8    
    RJames
Mitchell
21Amanaki
Mafi
RFL    
    RNick
MacLeod
21Amanaki
Mafi
RFL    
    RJoe
Ford
22Will
Homer
RSH    
    RCTom
Brady
23Kyle
Eastmond
RFB