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Summary

  1. Sale's hopes of a play-off spot dented
  2. Bath grab first home win since 18 March
  3. The hosts had led 17-0 at the break
  4. Sale's late tries move them up to fifth

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By Tom Garry

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  1. Bath survive Sale's second-half revival

    FT: Bath 32-26 Sale

    That's it then at the Rec, where Bath earned a bonus-point win but Sale's journey back up north will feel a little better that it would have done if it had not been for the final three minutes.

    Their two late tries give them two precious points in defeat, but Bath avenged last Sunday's loss in the reverse fixture so it's well done to the hosts.

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  2. Full-time

    Bath 32-26 Sale

    Well, you wouldn't have seen that late Sale fightback coming, but they are delighted because, despite losing, those two points could be huge for them in the context of the race for Champions Cup qualification.

  3. Try (Mujati, con J. Ford)

    Bath 32-26 Sale

    Have Sale got their crucial bonus point? They have the ball down under the posts but the officials aren't certain...yes they have got a fourth try! It's given. And that's significant in the battle for the top six. Brian Mujati is credited with the try under the posts. Joe Ford gets the conversion. Sale will lose by less than seven points.

  4. Sin-bin (Wilson)

    Bath 32-19 Sale

    David Wilson is given a fairly unnecessary last-minute yellow card. Sale have a penalty right in front of the post. They are going for a tap-and-go. They want a fourth, bonus-point try.

  5. Try (Ioane, missed con Cipriani)

    Bath 32-19 Sale

    Sale aren't giving up yet though and TJ Ioane crosses in the corner as the visitors crush through the tackles. The angle is too tight for Danny Cipriani to convert, however.

  6. Bath 32-14 Sale

    The visitors look beaten now, after their rousing revival straight after half-time. The gap is now surely too large.

  7. Try (Homer, con Ford)

    Bath 32-14 Sale

    There's the win for Bath, there's the bonus point and there's an excellent individual try from Will Homer.

    It is his first Premiership try and it comes after a terrific break down the right, using the blindside. George Ford's conversion makes it 32-14.

  8. Bath 25-14 Sale

    Bath are looking a bit more at ease now after earning that vital cushion. But there is still time for a Sale comeback and the visitors are giving it a go.

  9. Try (Rokoduguni, missed con Ford)

    Bath 25-14 Sale

    Relief for Bath! A big spell of pressure eventually leads to their third try and gives them some breathing space. Semesa Rokoduguni crosses in the corner, after his own skillful break had initially moved Bath deep into Sale territory.

    George Ford misses what is a pretty tricky conversion from a tight angle, but the lead is now 11 points.

  10. Penalty (Ford)

    Bath 20-14 Sale

    The hosts stop the Sale tide briefly and, down the other end, win a penalty after a great run for Ollie Devoto. George Ford opts to kick between the posts and Bath's lead moves to six points.

  11. Bath 17-14 Sale

    That 17-point lead seems a long time ago for Bath now, doesn't it? Sale have pegged them right back since the break. Sale almost score again through Sam James but play is stopped for a forward pass by Johnny Leota.

  12. Try (Sale, con Cipriani)

    Bath 17-14 Sale

    Sale think they have scored again. We go to the TMO to find out and....was that over....it's given!

    Andrei Ostrikov is credited with the score after another Sale maul had powered towards the line. It's very similar to their first try, just moments ago.

    The conversion is outstanding from Danny Cipriani. Simply outstanding, from right over by the touchline.

    Andrei Ostrikov
  13. Try (Leota, con Cipriani)

    Bath 17-7 Sale

    Hello! Do we have a game on our hands in this second half? It seems we do.

    Sale win an attacking line-out in Bath's 22 soon after the break. They drive forward with a maul and Johnny Leota is there with a pick-and-go and Sale have a lifeline. Will the momentum now swing?

    Danny Cipriani's conversion narrows the deficit.

  14. Bath 17-0 Sale

    Quote Message: I think this will be a big 10 to 15 minutes for Bath. Sale will be fired up and it's about stepping up and matching them. from Matt Garvey Bath back row on BBC Radio Bristol
    Matt GarveyBath back row on BBC Radio Bristol
  15. Kick-off

    Bath 17-0 Sale

    Sale's Danny Cipriani kicks us into action for the second half.

  16. HT: Bath 17-0 Sale

    The players are back out for the second half. Can Sale respond, after their disappointing first 40 minutes?

  17. Elsewhere this afternoon

    HT: Bath 17-0 Sale

    Meanwhile, the second half of the Champions Cup semi-final between Saracens and Wasps has just got going.

    At the break, Saracens led 8-7. You can follow the remaining 40 minutes of that one by clicking here.

  18. HT: Bath 17-0 Sale

    Quote Message: It's been very pleasing. The frustrating thing for me is we have still left a few scores out there. Overall, 17-0 up, we would have taken that before the game. All season, we've shown in phases how could we can be. from Matt Garvey Bath back row on BBC Radio Bristol
    Matt GarveyBath back row on BBC Radio Bristol
  19. Half-time

    Bath 17-0 Sale

    Sale have their best spell of the half right before the whistle, but Bath keep the visitors' pack at bay for long enough to see out the half. It's a deserved lead for Mike Ford's side.

  20. No try

    Bath 17-0 Sale

    Guy Mercer thinks he has scored Bath's third try and he runs away to celebrate but the referee signals for a very obvious forward pass. It'll be a scrum to Sale.