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Match Report: Sale Sharks 32 Bath Rugby 9

23 Dec 2017
Match Report: Sale Sharks 32 Bath Rugby 9

Sale Sharks scored four second-half tries to maintain their impressive recent home record and beat Bath Rugby 32-9.

Josh Strauss, Byron McGuigan, James O’Connor and Will Cliff all crossed after the break after a cagey opening half that ended 9-6 to Bath.

Rhys Priestland kicked Bath’s only points, all in the first half, with AJ MacGinty kicking three conversions and two penalties.

The Welsh international kicked Bath into a 6-0 lead before MacGinty managed to reduce the deficit with the two fly-halves continuing to trade penalties throughout the first period.

But two tries inside ten minutes at the start of the second half ignite this match at the AJ Bell Stadium with Josh Strauss forcing his way over from short range.

Referee Ian Tempest needed the TMO to confirm Strauss’ score, which he did, and it was soon to get better for the Sharks.

Almost immediately, full-back O’Connor threw the ball wide where Namibian-born Scotland international McGuigan was in space to dive over.

O’Connor went over next but he had MacGinty’s fantastic run down the right to thank for setting up a fine score.

And with 10 minutes to play, MacGinty was at it again with a kick into Bath’s in-goal area which bounced fortunately for McGuigan on the chase.

The Scot was unable to collect the kick but Cliff was in the right place at the right time to collect and touch down for Sale’s fourth try and the bonus point.