Sale Sharks 32-9 Bath Rugby, AJ Bell Stadium
Sale Sharks came up with a dominating second-half performance to complete a 32-9 bonus point victory over Bath Rugby in their Aviva Premiership encounter at AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday.
In a poor first half full of errors, the kicking of Rhys Priestland and AJ MacGinty dominated the contest, with the former scoring three penalties to the latter's two and the first half ended with Bath having a slender three point lead.
Sale Sharks finally upped the ante in the second half after Faf de Klerk fed Josh Straus and the number eight touched down to score the opening try at the start of the second half while MacGinty slotted the extras to take the home side to lead for the first time in the game.
A combination of a neat work from MacGinty an James O'Connor saw Sale Sharks soon score their second try through winger Byron McGuigan as they increased their lead to 18-9.
Any chances of a Bath comeback was put to halt when the third try of Sale Sharks came in the 60th minute from O'Connor and 11 minutes later Will Cliff scored the all important fourth try to complete the bonus point victory for the side that saw them move to the eighth position in the table.
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