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The North prevail in a close fought encounter

Sale Sharks 6 v Bath Rugby 3

Sale Sharks and Bath Rugby battled it out in challenging conditions a cold, wet and windy evening in Manchester. It was a hard-fought game for both teams but the hosts came out on top in the low-scoring encounter. 

Freddie Burns gave his side the early lead within 10 minutes of the game, Sale were penalised in the midfield for offside, the fly-half lined up the tee and send a penalty kick soaring through the uprights for the first points of the game. [0-3]

Burns was handed a second opportunity nine minutes later. Bath picked up another penalty in the midfield and the fly-half was given a shot at goal from 30m out. The kick drifted wide of the right upright, and the lead remained three. [0-3] 

It was clear from early on, under the challenging conditions that it was to be a low scoring affair, both sides having their chances but neither able to capitalise with points.

It took 29 minutes before Sale registered points on the scoreboard. The Sharks won a penalty on the Bath 22 and it was fly half AJ MacGinty who drew his side level. His kick from directly in front sailed though the sticks. [3-3]

With one minute left of the half Sale got the chance to take the lead but it wasn’t to be as MacGinty’s kick sailed wide of the posts.

Half-time - Sale Sharks 3-3 Bath Rugby

With the torrid conditions continuing into the second half, it was a slow start, with neither side able to register any points in the third quarter of the match, and much of the play in the midfield. 

Sale began to build momentum with 60 minutes on the clock, winning consecutive penalties to take them deep inside the Bath half. Bath were penalised once more for an offside decision and this time MacGinty was in a position to go for goal. The American international stepped up and put his side ahead for the first time in the match with 15 minutes remaining. 

Priestland had the opportunity to level from the restart as Sale were penalised for offside. The kick was wide of uprights and Sale held their narrow lead. [3-3]

A Solomona intercept came seven minutes later as the winger looked to rush away to score. Joe Cokanasiga did well to get back and make the crucial tackle, however at the resulting ruck, Zach Mercer was adjudged to have gone off his feet warranting a yellow card from referee Tom Foley. Bath did well however to escape their own 22 without conceding. [3-3]

Jonathan Joseph made an incredible break through the Sale defence with two minutes remaining in the match. The centre found Will Chudley who was stopped well by the back tracking Sale defence. 

Bath never gave up and continued to attack with intent, and with an attacking scrum inside the Sale 22 as the clock went into the red, it looked as if Bath could have potentially secured a late opportunity to snatch points. However, the ball went forward from the back of the scrum and Sale kicked out to secure the victory. [6-3]

Full-time - Sale Sharks 6-3 Bath Rugby

Match details

AJ Bell Stadium
Gallagher Premiership
26 April 2019
KO 19:45

Referee: Tom Foley
Half Time score: 3-3

Sharks:
Penalties: MacGinty (30, 65)
Bath:
Penalties: Burns (9)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Sharks and Bath.

10'

Penalty Goal! Sharks 0 - 3 Bath

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

29'

Substitution

Joe Jones replaces WillGriff John for Sharks.

31'

Penalty Goal! Sharks 3 - 3 Bath

AJ MacGinty kicks a penalty goal for Sharks.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Sharks 3 - 3 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

50'

Substitution

Rhys Priestland replaces Freddie Burns for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Cameron Redpath replaces Sam James for Sharks.

59'

Substitution

Anthony Perenise replaces Max Lahiff for Bath.

59'

Substitution

Will Chudley replaces Kahn Fotuali'i for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Sam James replaces Cameron Redpath for Sharks.

62'

Substitution

Jacques Van Rooyen replaces Beno Obano for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Jack Walker replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

66'

Penalty Goal! Sharks 6 - 3 Bath

AJ MacGinty kicks a penalty goal for Sharks.

66'

Substitution

Matt Postlethwaite replaces James Phillips for Sharks.

73'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Zach Mercer for ten minutes.

73'

Substitution

Elliott Stooke replaces Tom Ellis for Bath.

74'

Substitution

Levi Douglas replaces Dave Attwood for Bath.

74'

Substitution

Semesa Rokoduguni replaces Anthony Watson for Bath.

75'

Substitution

Will Cliff replaces Faf de Klerk for Sharks.

75'

Substitution

Valery Morozov replaces Ross Harrison for Sharks.

76'

Substitution

Josh Strauss replaces Josh Beaumont for Sharks.

83'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Sharks.

Final score: Sharks 6 - 3 Bath.

Sharks Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
AJ MacGinty00206
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Freddie Burns00103
Sharks v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PRoss
Harrison
1Beno
Obano
P    
    HRob
Webber
2Tom
Dunn
H    
    PWillGriff
John
3Max
Lahiff
P    
    LJosh
Beaumont
4Dave
Attwood
L    
    LJames
Phillips
5Charlie
Ewels
L    
    FLBen
Curry
6Tom
Ellis
FL    
    FLTom
Curry
7Sam
Underhill
FL    
    8Jonathan
Ross
8Zach
Mercer
8    
    SHFaf
de Klerk
9Kahn
Fotuali'i
SH    
2   FHAJ
MacGinty
10Freddie
Burns
FH   1
    WChris
Ashton
11Ruaridh
McConnochie
W    
    CJames
O'Connor
12Jamie
Roberts
C    
    CSam
James
13Jonathan
Joseph
C    
    WDenny
Solomona
14Joe
Cokanasiga
W    
    FBLuke
James
15Anthony
Watson
FB    
Replacements
    RCurtis
Langdon
16Jack
Walker
RH    
Replacements
    REwan
Ashman
16Jack
Walker
RH    
    RPValery
Morozov
17Jacques
Van Rooyen
RP    
    RPJoe
Jones
18Anthony
Perenise
RP    
    RLMatt
Postlethwaite
19Levi
Douglas
RL    
    RLJosh
Strauss
20Elliott
Stooke
RFL    
    RSHWill
Cliff
21Will
Chudley
RSH    
    RCCameron
Redpath
22Rhys
Priestland
RFH    
    RArron
Reed
23Semesa
Rokoduguni
RFB