Bath clean up Sale Sharks

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 21:36
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PREMIERSHIP FRIDAY WRAP: George Ford was Bath's hero from the tee as they battled to a dominant 30-3 victory over Sale Sharks to move up into second on the table.

In a first period of end-to-end action, it was Bath who took the early lead as Matt Banahan crossed over the whitewash to become the first player in blue, black and white to score 50 Premiership tries.

Ford ensured Bath would take a comfortable lead into the second-half with an inspired performance from the tee, one that was sure to attract the attention of an on-looking Eddie Jones in the crowd.

But the Sharks could find no answer in the second half as scores from Kahn Fotuali'i and Kane Palma-Newport put the game out of their reach in front of a record crowd at the Rec, to ensure Bath head into the European break in fine form.

It took just three minutes for the hosts to break the deadlock through Banahan as he crashed over in the corner from five metres following a flowing move from the centre before Ford buried the conversion.

It didn't take long, however, for Sale to get some points on the board. Will Addison kicking a penalty from the tee after Bath were penalised for offside.

Bath looked to be heading for their second try 10 minutes before the break when Kahn Fotuali'i stole the ball in the hosts' own half, gifting the ball to Jonathan Joseph who stormed up the left wing, only to run out of steam some way from the line.

Todd Blackadder's men wasted no time in boosting their tally, Ford adding three more points from the tee following a Sale knock-on to restore Bath's lead to seven going into the interval.

Ford continued his fine kicking form into the second half, opening up a 10-point gap in the scoreline with a penalty from 37 metres.

Addison had an immediate opportunity to reduce the deficit when Bath's Tom Dunn was penalised for not rolling away from the scrum but he steered his effort wide of the posts, much to the delight of the Rec faithful.

It was a missed chance the Sharks would later come to rue as Ford made it four from four from the tee with the easiest of penalties after Aulika's late challenge on Dave Attwood gave the referee no option.

And from there the Bath rampage began, scrumhalf Fotuali'i scoring his first try in Bath colours after intercepting the ball in his own half and strolling over the line. Just minutes later, the hosts hit the 30-point mark as Palma-Newport threw a cheeky sidestep before placing the ball down for Bath's third try of the encounter.

Bath continued to push for the bonus point as the clock continued to wind down but it didn't matter as they sealed a fine victory, ensuring they continue to snap on the heels of Saracens and Wasps at the top of the pile.

Scorers:

For Bath:
Tries: Banahan, Fotuali'i, Palma-Newport
Cons: Ford 3
Pens: Ford 3

For Sale Sharks:
Pen: Addison

Yellow card: Johnny Leota (Sale Sharks, 80)

Teams:

Bath: 15 Tom Homer, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Matt Banahan, 11 Aled Brew, 10 George Ford (co-captain), 9 Kahn Fotuali'i, 8 Zach Mercer, 7 Tom Ellis, 6 Matt Garvey (co-captain), 5 Dave Attwood, 4 Elliott Stooke, 3 Henry Thomas, 2 Tom Dunn, 1 Nathan Catt
Replacements: 16 Ross Batty, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Kane Palma-Newport, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Guy Mercer, 21 Chris Cook, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Jeff Williams

Sale Sharks:15 Byron McGuigan, 14 Will Addison, 13 Sam James, 12 Johnny Leota, 11 Paolo Odogwu, 10 AJ MacGinty, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Josh Beaumont (captain), 7 David Seymour, 6 Cameron Neild, 5 Jonathan Mills, 4 Bryn Evans, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Neil Briggs, 1 Eifion Lewis-Roberts
Replacements: 16 Ross Harrison, 17 Halani Aulika, 18 Andrei Ostrikov, 19 Magnus Lund, 20 Laurence Pearce, 21 James Mitchell, 22 Dan Mugford, 23 Mike Haley

Referee: Tom Foley
Assistant referees: Paul Dix, Jonathan Healy
TMO: Stuart Terheege

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 18 November 2017
Worcester Warriors v Northampton Saints 12h00 Sixways
Italy v Argentina 13h00 Florence
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Wales v Georgia 14h30 Cardiff
England v Australia 15h00 Twickenham
Wasps v Newcastle Falcons 15h30 Ricoh Arena
Ireland v Fiji 16h30 Aviva Stadium
Scotland v New Zealand 17h15 Edinburgh
France v South Africa 19h45 Paris
Sun, 19 November 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins 14h00 Sandy Park
Leicester Tigers v Bath 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Fri, 24 November 2017
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Ulster v Treviso 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Leinster v Dragons 18h35 RDS Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Connacht 18h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester 18h45 Kingston Park
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 18h45 Welford Road
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 19h00 AJ Bell Stadium
RESULT SCORE
Fri, 17 November 2017
Gloucester v Saracens 23 | 17
Tue, 14 November 2017
France XV v New Zealand 23 | 28
Sat, 11 November 2017
France v New Zealand 18 | 38
Ireland v South Africa 38 | 3
Wales v Australia 21 | 29
England v Argentina 21 | 8
Scotland v Samoa 44 | 38
Italy v Fiji 19 | 10
Sat, 04 November 2017
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 37 | 8
Connacht v Cheetahs 23 | 15
Edinburgh v Ospreys 37 | 10
Barbarians v New Zealand 22 | 31
Kings v Ulster 36 | 43
Japan v Australia 30 | 63
Fri, 03 November 2017
Scarlets v Treviso 20 | 8
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Team P W D L Pts
Saracens 8 6 0 2 29
Exeter Chiefs 7 5 0 2 26
Gloucester 8 5 0 3 22
Leicester Tigers 7 5 0 2 21
Bath 7 4 0 3 20
Harlequins 7 4 0 3 20
Northampton Saints 7 4 0 3 20
Newcastle Falcons 7 4 0 3 20
Wasps 7 3 0 4 15
Sale Sharks 7 2 0 5 14
London Irish 7 1 0 6 6
Worcester Warriors 7 0 0 7 3