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- Aviva Premiership
- 25th Sep 2010
- KO 14:15
- Ground: The Recreation Ground
- Att: 11,618
Brewer savages tame Sharks
Bath run in four tries to crush visitors
I certainly read them the riot act at half-time and they turned it around but, in all honesty, we played like we trained during the week. There was not enough intensity, not enough accuracy.
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Sale head coach Mike Brewer criticised his side's defence after Bath scored a late bonus-point try to win 32-16 at the Recreation Ground.
Bath's impressive home record against the Sharks continued and their day was made even better when young centre Ben Williams stepped off the bench to touch down late on a claim the bonus point for his side.
Sale were left to reflect on another Aviva Premiership reverse at the Recreation Ground - they have won just once in their past nine trips to Bath - and Brewer was left fuming with his team's defence.
"We got what we deserved," said the former All Black, who was brought in during the summer to revive the Sharks' fortunes.
"If individuals go out on to the field and they're not committed and haven't got the attitude to tackle then at this level the opposition will run through you.
"The first two tries that Bath scored were down to two incredibly poor missed tackles. I certainly read them the riot act at half-time and they turned it around but, in all honesty, we played like we trained during the week.
"There was not enough intensity, not enough accuracy.
"I was just incredibly disappointed. There's no substitute for attitude and it doesn't matter what defensive system you work from, at the end of the day, the tackle is king.
"If you are not prepared to make a tackle then it doesn't matter how long you train and how hard. Defence is 90 percent attitude."
Bath head coach Steve Meehan was not entirely satisfied with his side's showing either, saying: "We are not playing anywhere near as well as we can. But they'll grow in confidence from this result and we'll be even more positive on Friday night against Gloucester."
Meehan was pleased with the showing of Tom Biggs on the left wing.
"That's certainly the best display we've seen from him in a Bath jersey," he said.
"We've been wanting him to trust himself and back his speed. That's why we got him down here. Today he showed the home supporters the kind of player he is."
He also indicated that Williams might see action in the Heineken Cup campaign.
"He's a big, strapping young bloke - I didn't know how big until I saw him standing next to Shontayne (Hape) in the dressing room today," he added.
"He'll see a lot more time in a Bath shirt and I'd be happy to take him away and start him in some of these European matches. He's a quality player."
Meehan revealed he expected David Flatman, David Wilson and Matt Banahan to be available for selection against Gloucester.Aviva Premiership. Click here to bet.
|Friday 14th November|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|19:45||Northampton vs Exeter|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|17:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 16th November|
|13:00||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Wasps vs London Welsh|
|Friday 21st November|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Sale|
|20:00||Newcastle vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|15:00||London Irish vs Bath|
|15:00||Exeter vs Wasps|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|13:00||Saracens vs Northampton|
|15:15||London Welsh vs Leicester|
|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Sale|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
|Sunday 5th October|
|Newcastle 29 - 24 Exeter|
|Sale 25 - 14 Wasps|
|Saturday 4th October|
|Gloucester 33 - 16 Leicester|
|Harlequins 52 - 0 London Welsh|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Northampton|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Bath 21 - 11 Saracens|
|Sunday 28th September|
|Wasps 35 - 18 Newcastle|
|Exeter 36 - 13 Harlequins|
|Saturday 27th September|
|Northampton 31 - 24 Bath|
|Leicester 19 - 22 London Irish|
|Saracens 40 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 26th September|
|London Welsh 10 - 46 Gloucester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|Newcastle 10 - 35 Northampton|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Bath 45 - 0 Leicester|
|Harlequins 26 - 23 Wasps|
|London Irish 32 - 36 Saracens|
|Sale 46 - 8 London Welsh|
|Friday 19th September|
|Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
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