|Bathtub: (6) 20|
|Tries: Cokanasiga, De Glanville Cons: Francis 2 Pens: Francis 2|
|Sale: (23) 37|
|Tries: O’Flaherty, van der Merwe, T Curry, Ross Cons: R du Preez 4 Pens: R du Preez 3|
Sale received a 37-20 win at Bathtub, regardless of taking part in a lot of the recreation with 14 males.
The Sharks scored early by means of Tom O’Flaherty earlier than having Nick Schonert despatched off for a ninth-minute hit to the pinnacle of Dave Attwood.
Nonetheless, Sale led 23-6 on the break as Akker van der Merwe crossed, whereas Rob du Preez added three penalties.
Joe Cokanasiga went over for Bathtub quickly after the break, however Tom Curry replied earlier than a Tom de Glanville strive for the hosts was cancelled out by Jono Ross.
The win was Sale’s second bonus-point victory in two video games, whereas new Bathtub boss Johann van Graan will likely be sad with the way in which they misplaced for the second successive week having had a numerical benefit for 71 minutes.
O’Flaherty’s second strive in as many video games since his summer time transfer from Exeter gave Sale an excellent begin, but it surely appeared as if they’d wrestle after Schonert’s early purple.
A Piers Francis penalty for Bathtub was sandwiched between two for Du Preez earlier than South Africa hooker Van der Merwe smashed over and Du Preez added a 3rd three-pointer.
Bathtub seemed to be re-energised after the break when Cokanasiga ended a pleasant workforce transfer, however substitute Curry wanted only one minute on the sphere to revive Sale’s benefit as he eased over after a move from O’Flaherty.
Sale went all the way down to 13 males when Ross Harrison was sin-binned after 5 successive scrum penalties near their line, however the Sharks held out for seven minutes with two males down till De Glanville ended a effective transfer that started with Jonathan Joseph’s break earlier than a move from Cokanasiga.
Nevertheless it was Sale who completed the sport with a bonus level as Ross discovered himself on the again of a 78th-minute maul to place Sale prime of the early Premiership desk.
Bathtub head of rugby Johann van Graan advised BBC Radio Bristol:
“The primary 40 [minutes] was not adequate.
“We performed towards a workforce which are defensively superb, we did attempt to play a bit extra, however sadly made too many errors.
“We did stretch them at phases, we moved the ball at phases, however we could not maintain on to it.”
Sale director of rugby Alex Sanderson:
“They responded they usually did not kick stones, which you are able to do after an occasion (the purple card) like that.
“They managed it very effectively bodily, performed in the best areas and got here alive in assault and confirmed the endeavour they’ve proven within the final couple of weeks.
“It’s one other efficiency worthy of all of the work they’ve achieved in pre-season. That’s what I’m most completely satisfied about, that’s what I’m satisfied about.”
Bathtub: de Glanville; Cokanasiga, Joseph, Redpath, Muir; Francis, B Spencer; Boyce, Dunn, A Coetzee, Attwood, McNally, Bayliss, White, J Coetzee.
Replacements: Doughty, Schoeman, Stuart, W Spencer, van Velze, Schreuder, Bailey, de Carpentier.
Sale: L. James; Roebuck, S James, Tuilagi, O’Flaherty; R Du Preez, Warr; McIntyre, van der Merwe, Schonert, Wiese, J Hill, du Preez, B Curry, D Du Preez.
Replacements: Ashman, Harrison, Harper, Ross, T Curry, Simpson, Curtis, Reed.
Referee: Christophe Ridley