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Second-half show from Sale takes victory at AJ Bell

Sale Sharks 32 v Bath Rugby 9

Four second-half tries from a dominant Sale Sharks led to a 32-9 defeat for Bath Rugby at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Rhys Priestland opened the scoring for Bath in a cagey first-half, knocking over the penalty after a Bath lineout had been turned into a full penalty by referee Ian Tempest after Andrei Ostrikov had instigated some pushing and shoving on the touchline. 0-3.

The Welsh international doubled the lead two minutes later with another penalty from the tee, before AJ MacGinty got his side’s first points of the afternoon on 13 minutes. 3-6.

The home side turned down two kickable penalties in an attempt to drive their way over the line, but the stubborn defence of Bath held them out, and they came away empty handed.

As the opening forty minutes drew to a close, Bath came agonisingly close to scoring, twice being held up over the line. Instead, they had to settle for a further three points from the boot of Priestland. MacGinty then added another three of his own to narrow the gap once more on the stroke of half-time.

Half-time score: Sale Sharks 6 – Bath Rugby 9.

Sale came out of the changing rooms firing in the second-half, and quickly started dominating the game. They scored two quickfire tries - Josh Strauss got the first, barrelling over from short range, before Byron McGuigan went over out wide. 18-9.

Their third came on 60 minutes through James O’Connor, the fullback juggling the ball before finally holding on and finishing off a good break from MacGinty.

The fly-half was at the heart of Sale’s fourth try as well – putting in a neat chip ahead for the on-rushing McGuigan. The winger and Bath replacement Chris Cook raced for the ball as it went over the line, but the awkward bounce saw it come back to Will Cliff instead, who dotted down. MacGinty added the conversion.

Bath continued to try and work their way over the Sale line, but the Sharks, buoyed on by the cheering home crowd, held firm and closed out the win.

Final score: Sale Sharks 32 – Bath Rugby 9.

Match details

AJ Bell Stadium
Aviva Premiership
23 December 2017
KO 15:00

Attendance: 6426
Referee: Ian Tempest
Half Time score: 6-9

Sharks:
Tries: Strauss (43), McGuigan (47), O'Connor (60), Cliff (71)
Conversions: MacGinty (43, 62, 72)
Penalties: MacGinty (13, 39)
Bath:
Penalties: Priestland (8, 11, 35)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Sharks and Bath.

9'

Penalty Goal! Sharks 0 - 3 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

12'

Penalty Goal! Sharks 0 - 6 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

14'

Penalty Goal! Sharks 3 - 6 Bath

Alan MacGinty kicks a penalty goal for Sharks.

36'

Penalty Goal! Sharks 3 - 9 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

40'

Penalty Goal! Sharks 6 - 9 Bath

Alan MacGinty kicks a penalty goal for Sharks.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Sharks 6 - 9 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

44'

Try for Sharks! Sharks 11 - 9 Bath

Josh Strauss scores for Sharks.

44'

Conversion! Sharks 13 - 9 Bath

Alan MacGinty with a conversion for Sharks.

48'

Try for Sharks! Sharks 18 - 9 Bath

Byron McGuigan scores for Sharks.

50'

Substitution

Nathan Charles replaces Michael Van Vuuren for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Lucas Noguera Paz for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Zach Mercer replaces Paul Grant for Bath.

60'

Substitution

James Phillips replaces Elliott Stooke for Bath.

61'

Try for Sharks! Sharks 23 - 9 Bath

James O'Connor scores for Sharks.

63'

Conversion! Sharks 25 - 9 Bath

Alan MacGinty with a conversion for Sharks.

63'

Substitution

James Wilson replaces Matt Banahan for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Marc Jones replaces Rob Webber for Sharks.

67'

Substitution

Levi Douglas replaces Francois Louw for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Halani 'Aulika replaces Will John for Sharks.

68'

Substitution

Will Cliff replaces Faf de Klerk for Sharks.

68'

Substitution

Cameron Neild replaces Ben Curry for Sharks.

71'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Kahn Fotuali'i for Bath.

72'

Try for Sharks! Sharks 30 - 9 Bath

Will Cliff scores for Sharks.

73'

Substitution

George Nott replaces Bryn Evans for Sharks.

73'

Substitution

James Flynn replaces Ross Harrison for Sharks.

73'

Substitution

Mike Haley replaces James O'Connor for Sharks.

73'

Conversion! Sharks 32 - 9 Bath

Alan MacGinty with a conversion for Sharks.

73'

Substitution

Josh Charnley replaces Denny Solomona for Sharks.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Sharks.

Final score: Sharks 32 - 9 Bath.

Sharks Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Alan MacGinty032012
Josh Strauss10005
Byron McGuigan10005
James O'Connor10005
Will Cliff10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Rhys Priestland00309
Sharks v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PRoss
Harrison
1Lucas
Noguera Paz
P    
    HRob
Webber
2Michael
Van Vuuren
H    
    PWill
John
3Henry
Thomas
P    
    LBryn
Evans
4Charlie
Ewels
L    
    LAndrei
Ostrikov
5Elliott
Stooke
L    
    FLJonathan
Ross
6Matt
Garvey
FL    
    FLBen
Curry
7Francois
Louw
FL    
   18Josh
Strauss
8Paul
Grant
8    
    SHFaf
de Klerk
9Kahn
Fotuali'i
SH    
2 3 FHAlan
MacGinty
10Freddie
Burns
FH    
   1WByron
McGuigan
11Aled
Brew
W    
    CRohan
Janse van Rensburg
12Rhys
Priestland
C   3
    CSam
James
13Matt
Banahan
C    
    WDenny
Solomona
14Jack
Wilson
W    
   1FBJames
O'Connor
15Anthony
Watson
FB    
Replacements
    RHMarc
Jones
16Nathan
Charles
RH    
    RPJames
Flynn
17Nick
Auterac
RP    
    RPHalani
'Aulika
18Max
Lahiff
RP    
    RLGeorge
Nott
19James
Phillips
RL    
    RFLCameron
Neild
20Zach
Mercer
R8    
   1RSHWill
Cliff
21Levi
Douglas
RFL    
    RFBMike
Haley
22Chris
Cook
RSH    
    RWJosh
Charnley
23James
Wilson
RC