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Watch: Arron Reed's last-minute winning try for Sale versus Bath

(Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images for Sale Sharks)

Arron Reed scored a last-minute try as Sale earned a dramatic 30-27 Gallagher Premiership win over a resilient Bath side who saw three men receive yellow cards at the AJ Bell Stadium. Visiting captain Ben Spencer’s 17 points had put Bath on the cusp as they fought back from 22-3 down to lead 27-25 before Reed dived over in the corner.


First-half tries from Joe Carpenter, Sam Dugdale, Tom Roebuck and Tommy Taylor had put the hosts in control, though Niall Annett’s try on the stroke of half-time offered the visitors some hope. Jonathan Joseph’s try continued the Bath fightback and despite yellow cards to both Max Ojomoh and Cameron Redpath, Spencer’s conversion of his own try saw the visitors lead only for Reed’s late Sale score to snatch the full five points.

Bath’s night at the AJ Bell Stadium got off to a dreadful start with Will Butt sent to the sin bin for dangerous play as full-back Carpenter tried to claim a high ball with barely a minute on the clock.With the man advantage, Sale soon took the lead. Scrum-half Gus Warr poked a grubber kick behind the visitors’ defence with Carpenter winning the race to the ball and diving over.

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Spencer’s penalty from in front of the posts brought the score to 5-3 after five minutes but the Sharks forwards fully utilised their powerful driving maul to score three further tries and secure a bonus point after just 32 minutes.

Flanker Dugdale found little resistance from the Bath defence as he went over after 17 minutes, Robert du Preez marking his 100th appearance for the hosts with a successful conversion. Another five-metre lineout, 10 minutes later, was stopped only for Jean-Luc du Preez to spot an empty blind side where Roebuck had a clear run to the try line for Sharks’ third try.

The try bonus point came before the break from a second-successful driving maul, this time it was Taylor who burrowed his way over to give Sale a 22-3 lead. Annett reduced the deficit with the final play of the half as the Bath pack exacted some revenge with a successful driving maul of their own.

The visitors were back within a score as Spencer’s grubber kick was collected by Joseph, who had the pace to race clear. Centre Ojomoh became the second Bath player in the sin bin before Du Preez struck a penalty to make the score 25-17 with half an hour to go.


Redpath joined Ojomoh in the sin bin as he tackled Tom O’Flaherty without the ball but another Spencer penalty, as well as a converted try for the scrum-half (click here to watch), saw the away side lead 27-25. Du Preez missed two long-range penalties in the closing minutes as the tension mounted but the Sharks held their nerve to send Reed over in the corner with the final play of the game.


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Shaylen 4 hours ago
Brumbies the best team in Australia but still nothing to show for it

The Brumbies have been the strongest side in Australia for a long time and that was down to their forwards and set piece which has always been good and has always been able to dominate their Australian counterparts. This year the lack of maul tries and also the lack of a stable scrum has been a real problem which was also something Nick alluded to in his article this week about the creaking brumbies tight five. Home advantage is key as you say and the Brumbies must find a way to score more bonus points. If the Brumbies are really serious about winning a title they need to do what Kiwi sides at the top do. They need to smash every Aus side with a bonus point at home while claiming losing bonus points in every game they lose and denying their rivals bonus points. In their 3 losses in NZ this year they were smashed. They only scored 60 tries which is middle of the road, their scrum came in at 73% which was one of the worst in the comp, tackle success at just 83% which was right at the bottom and in terms of metres, clean breaks, carries, offloads and rucks built they were in the middle plus they had the most yellows. They basically were just not dominant enough wile they can improve their discipline. They excelled at kicking and won plenty of lineout ball plus their rucks were secure at 97%. Not sure about turnovers but they weren’t bad there. They just need to be more clinical and give away less and they will give themselves the best chance to win the title.

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