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


Scorers


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


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


Teams


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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