Bristol fight back Sale Sharks to secure 23-24 win

Mark Tainton was pleased with Bristol's spirit
Mark Tainton was pleased with Bristol's spirit

Sale Sharks 23-24 Bristol Rugby, AJ Bell Stadium

Bristol Rugby overcame a five point half-time deficit to grab a closely fought 23-24 win over Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday.

Tom Varndell, who scored Bristol's first and only try in the first-half, equalled the all-time Aviva Premiership Rugby try record.

Jason Woodward's conversion of Varndell's try and a 33rd minute penalty was all the visitors managed to add to their tally in the first half.

After a penalty try on 13th minute and a 20th minute try from Denny Solomona along with James Mitchell's one out of two conversions and a 31st minute penalty allowed the hosts to go 15-10 up at the break.

Johnny Leota's 55th minute try and Mitchell's 48th minute penalty further extended the lead for Sharks to 13 points.

However, Mark Tainton's men came back strong as Rhodri Williams (55) and Max Crumpton (70) scored game changing tries with Woodward adding the extras on both occasion to help his side secure a slender one point win.

Bristol wing Varndell, who was one of the try-scorer in the game said that the taste of victories are changing the mood in the camp.

"It's great to get the win and keep the winning mentality up, that changing room is buzzing", he said to BBC Radio Bristol.

"I'm definitely confident and enjoying my rugby again, the last six to eight weeks have been good for me.

"Obviously I love scoring tries and it is what I'm in the team to do. To do it at Cueto's home is a bit bad, but oh well."

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