Bath move up to second following a hard-fought victory over Sale Sharks
Matt Banahan’s try combined with the boot of George Ford gave the hosts a 10-3 lead at the break
Kahn Fotuali’i and Kane Palma-Newport bundled over in the second-half to secure the win
Bath made it five victories out of six so far in the new season as they pulled away from Sale, winning 30-3 at the Recreation Ground.
Matt Banahan’s early score was followed by tries from Kahn Fotuali’i and Kane Palma-Newport, with George Ford kicking each of his efforts at goal.
Sale’s only reply came from the boot of Will Addison off the tee, but Bath’s try-scoring bonus point remained just out of reach despite the home side continuing to play until the 87th minute.
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Bath: 15 Tom Homer, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Matt Banahan, 11 Aled Brew, 10 George Ford (cc), 9 Kahn Fotuali’i, 8 Zach Mercer, 7 Tom Ellis, 6 Matt Garvey (cc), 5 Dave Attwood, 4 Elliott Stooke, 3 Henry Thomas, 2 Tom Dunn, 1 Nathan Catt
Replacements: 16 Ross Batty, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Kane Palma-Newport, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Guy Mercer, 21 Chris Cook, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Jeff Williams
Sale: 15 Byron McGuigan, 14 Will Addison, 13 Sam James, 12 Johnny Leota, 11 Paolo Odogwu, 10 AJ MacGinty, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Josh Beaumont (c), 7 David Seymour, 6 Cameron Neild, 5 Jonathan Mills, 4 Bryn Evans, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Neil Briggs, 1 Eifion Lewis-Roberts
Replacements: 16 Ross Harrison, 17 Halani Aulika, 18 Andrei Ostrikov, 19 Magnus Lund, 20 Laurence Pearce, 21 James Mitchell, 22 Dan Mugford, 23 Mike Haley