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Sale 11-9 Bathtub: George Ford’s boot seals prime spot for Sharks six-minutes from time in tense Salford arm-wrestle as Alex Sanderson hails ‘one other piece of Fordy magic’

  • George Ford’s boot ensured Sale Sharks held onto prime spot after a powerful begin
  • Sale have now gained six of their first seven video games firstly of the marketing campaign
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Geroge Ford’s boot broke Bathtub hearts as Sharks staged a late present to retain their proud perch on the Premiership summit.

The England fly-half confirmed his coolness and management underneath strain to ship over the decisive penalty with simply over six minutes remaining of a fierce Salford arm-wrestle.

It earned his facet a sixth win out of the opening seven video games of the brand new marketing campaign, plus a five-point lead over second-placed Bathtub.

Boss Alex Sanderson enthused: ‘It was one other piece of Fordy magic with that spiral bomb which gave us robust momentum and discipline place. Then he finishes it off with that strain kick.

‘I would moderately look unhealthy and win than good and lose. We discovered a means within the dying second for the third sport. The fellows dug in however there may be much more in us.’

George Ford's boot sealed a late win for Sale over Bath in a tense encounter in Salford

George Ford’s boot sealed a late win for Sale over Bathtub in a tense encounter in Salford

Finn Russell scored three penalties of his own for Bath who would have to settle for second spot

Finn Russell scored three penalties of his personal for Bathtub who must accept second spot

After Friday's victory Sale have now won six of their first seven matches in the new campaign

After Friday’s victory Sale have now gained six of their first seven matches within the new marketing campaign 

Defeat was harsh on a Bathtub outfit who threatened to carry to an finish Sale’s lengthy unbeaten residence document and throw down their very own title gauntlet.

The guests defended like lions underneath intense and lengthy spells of strain, and blunted the Sharks’ assaults with Scotland fly-half Finn Russell an enormous affect as soon as once more.

Hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie was additionally spectacular on his first begin for Sale who trailed for a lot of the sport with Russell, who kicked all his facet’s factors, serving to Bathtub lead 9-5 on the break.

England lock Jonny Hill produced the one actual first-half spotlight for Sharks by powering his means over for the one attempt of the competition.

It was simply what the house followers wanted to heat their chilly palms on a frosty evening.

Russell responded along with his third kick as Bathtub misplaced wing Ruaridh McConnochie to a shoulder harm.

Ford closed the hole along with his first penalty, after which got here up trumps to be the hero as soon as extra along with his second to the aid of the house followers.

Bathtub boss Johann van Graan admitted: ‘To come back right here and go so shut however lose may be very disappointing. We got here right here to win however I am nonetheless very pleased with the fellows for the way in which they carried out.’


Sale Sharks: Caprenter; Roebuck (O’Flaherty 68′), Du Preez (James 60′), Bedlow, Reed; Ford, Warr; Rodd (McIntryre 53′), Cowan-Dickie (Creevy 53′), Shonert (Harper 53′); Wiese (Dugdale 68′), Hill; Van Rhyn, Curry, Du Preez

Tries: Hill

Penalties: Ford (2)

Coach: Alex Sanderson

Bathtub: De Glanville; McConnochie (Bailey 38′), Ojomoh, Butt (Redpath54′) Gallagher; Russell, Schreuder (Spencer 54′); Du Toit (Schoeman 76′), Annett (Dunn 54′), Jonker (Griffin 45′); McNally, Van Velze; Richards (Lee-Warner 50′), Cloete, Coetzee (Merigan 68′)

Penalties: Russell (3)

Coach: Johann van Graan 

Jonny Hill's try in the first half was the only real highlight of the opening 40 minutes in Salford

Jonny Hill’s attempt within the first half was the one actual spotlight of the opening 40 minutes in Salford

Bath held the lead for most of the game going in 9-5 at the break but failed to score in the second period

Bathtub held the lead for a lot of the sport entering into 9-5 on the break however failed to attain within the second interval



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