Joe Cokanasiga's late try help Bath secure 7-7 draw against Sale Sharks

Joe Cokanasiga (left) went over the line in the 72nd minute
Joe Cokanasiga (left) went over the line in the 72nd minute

Bath Rugby 7-7 Sale Sharks, Recreation Ground

Joe Cokanasiga scored a vital try with eight minutes to go as Bath Rugby came from behind to seal a 7-7 draw against Sale Sharks in a low-scoring Gallagher Premiership encounter at Recreation Ground on Saturday.

Bath now are sixth place with 19 points while Sale Sharks are at 11th position with 16 points.

With Byron McGuigan suffering a hamstring injury, Sale Sharks had a late change with Sam James coming in and Chris Ashton was shifted to wing.

The first half was a slug fest with both the teams failing to score a single point - the last time it happened in the Premiership was in April 2016 during the encounter between Gloucester Rugby and Exeter Chiefs.

Sale though had a setback when Denny Solomona's try was disallowed in the 39th minute. The Sale winger grabbed a kick and raced to the try-line but a video review showed he failed to ground the ball properly after pressure from Cokanasiga.

The deadlock came to an end in the 47th minute with Jean-Luc du Preez going over the line and a conversion from Robert du Preez gave the visitors a seven point lead. Bath had a chance to bounce back in the 66th minute but James Wilson missed a penalty goal.

However, Cokanasiga provided them a lifeline with Cooper Vuna setting up the Bath Rugby to cross over in the 72nd minute and Wilson improved it as the scores became level at 7-7 which was case for the remainder of the eight minutes forcing the teams to share the points.

Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the can only be the Gallagher Premiership.

12 teams compete in the league over a season, playing every team both home and away, before four move into the playoffs and one is relegated.

The division is becoming more and more exciting as each year passes by so who will be lifting silverware at Twickenham in May?

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