Two late tries gave Sale victory over Bath and moved the Sharks into the Premiership’s top six
Sale were 17-9 ahead at half-time through Vadim Cobilas and Will Addison tries
David Seymour and Mark Easter went over after the restart to give the hosts a bonus-point win
Two late tries secured a 29-17 bonus point victory for Sale over Bath at the AJ Bell stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Sharks secured their third win on the bounce and denied Bath taking a losing bonus point away from the AJ Bell Stadium late on.
The home side raced into a 17-6 lead courtesy of tries from Vardim Cobilas and Will Addison in the opening 20 minutes.
But three penalties from George Ford and a second half Semesa Rokoduguni score brought Bath Rugby back to 17-17.
But with Dominic Day seeing yellow in the final ten minutes, a driving maul from the Sharks saw David Seymour cross before Mark Easter secured the bonus point.
The win sees Sale rise into the top six following Harlequins’ loss to Saracens at Wembley on Saturday. Meanwhile, Bath’s miserable season continues as they remain in ninth place, eight points adrift of rivals Gloucester.
Sale: 15 Mike Haley, 14 Will Addison, 13 Sam James, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Nev Edwards, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Peter Stringer, 8 Mark Easter, 7 TJ Ioane, 6 Cameron Neild, 5 Andrei Ostrikov, 4 Bryn Evans, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Tommy Taylor, 1 Eifion Lewis-Roberts
Replacements: 16 Neil Briggs, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Brian Mujati, 19 Jonathan Mills, 20 David Seymour, 21 James Mitchell, 22 Joe Ford, 23 Tom Brady
Bath: 15 Rhys Priestland, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Ollie Devoto, 11 Matt Banahan, 10 George Ford (c), 9 Chris Cook, 8 Leroy Houston, 7 Guy Mercer, 6 Matt Garvey, 5 Dave Attwood, 4 Dominic Day, 3 Henry Thomas, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Nathan Catt
Replacements: 16 Tom Dunn, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 David Wilson, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 David Denton, 21 Amanaki Mafi, 22 Will Homer, 23 Kyle Eastmond
Date: Sunday, April 17
Venue: AJ Bell Stadium
Kick-off: 14:30 local (13:30 GMT)
Referee: Luke Pearce
Assistant Referees: Gareth Copsey, Ross Campbell
TMO: David Sainsbury