Last minute Banahan try wins it for Bath

A late try by Bath winger Banahan saw Bath edge out Sale Sharks 20 -24 in what had been a tight match throughout at the Rec on Saturday afternoon.


All Black centre Luke McAlister opened the scoring at a packed Recreation Ground with 30 yard race to line – for an early 5-0 lead.

Both sides were fired up for the fixture which resulted in a yellow card for aggressive forward Sebastien Chabal minutes later.

And Bath took advantage of the numerical advantage as they struck back through Daniel Browne to inch into a 7-5 lead after 16 minutes.

England veteran Mark Cueto bustled over the line on the verge of half-time before Butch James landed a 40th minutes penalty for a tender 13-12 Bath advantage at the break.

Cueto ignited the second-half with a 40 yard sprint which saw him round Bath fullback Nick Abendanon easily – for a 20-16 lead with 13 minutes left on the stadium clock


Just as it looked like Sale were going to hang on for the win, Banahan picked up a speculative kick and crashed over for a pulsating 24-20 victory.

Final Score Bath 24 Sale 20


Tries: Browne, Banahan
Cons: James
Pens: James (4)

Tries: McAlister, Cueto (2)
Cons: McAlister
Pens: McAlister


Bath: Abendanon Maddock Crockett Fuimaono Banahan James Claasens Barnes Mears Stevens Harrison Short Faamatuainu Lipman Browne

Replacements: Dixon Bell Hooper Beattie Bemand Hape Cuthbert

Sharks: Cueto Bell Tuilagi McAlister Doherty Hodgson Peel Sheridan Briggs Turner Chabal Schofield White Abraham Fernandez Lobbe

Replacements: Jones Faure Cockbain Fearns Wigglesworth Keil Tait

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