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Aviva Premiership: Sale edge past Bath after late try
A late try from Tom Brady gave Aviva Premiership strugglers Sale a vital 14-13 victory over Bath at Salford City Stadium.
Three first-half penalties from Nick Macleod had given the hosts a 9-3 lead at the interval, but Bath edged ahead when Horacio Agulla's try was converted by Tom Heathcote.
However, Brady was on hand in the last 10 minutes to save the Sharks, who closed the victory out despite a penalty from Heathcote reducing the gap to just one point.
Sale are now six points clear of bottom club London Welsh, who are in action against Gloucester on Saturday.
In snow-laden conditions, Sale stand-off Macleod opened the scoring from the kicking tee after 21 minutes when the visitors were caught offside.
Heathcote missed his first chance to level matters from the edge of the 22 but made up for that error soon after when he made no mistake from further out.
But it was not long before the Sharks were back in front as Macleod capitalised on a Bath infringement for his second penalty and then added a further three-pointer on the stroke of half-time.
The visitors started the second half with renewed vigour and their pressure paid off when Matt Banahan's surge and offload found Agulla and the winger scampered over for a converted try.
Sale continued to show plenty of determination, with their forwards carrying well, and they fashioned the decisive score when a well-worked move saw Brady collect out wide and outrun the defence to touch down.
Heathcote did manage to reduce the arrears late on, but the Sharks held firm to complete the victory.
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|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle Falcons 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester Tigers 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle Falcons 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle Falcons|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale Sharks 18 - 11 Exeter|
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