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- Aviva Premiership
- 29th Sep 2012
- KO 14:15
- Ground: The Recreation Ground
- Att: 11,073
Olly Barkley kicked 16 points as his final game for Bath ended in victory against Sale
Outgoing fly-half Olly Barkley kicked 16 points as Bath secured a 31-10 victory over Sale in their Aviva Premiership clash at the Recreation Ground.
Barkley, who will join French side Racing Metro next week, was on target with four penalties as well as converting a score from David Wilson and a late penalty try.
Ben Skirving also scored a try for Bath, while Johnny Leota crossed for Sale in the second half.
Nick Macleod added a conversion and penalty for the Sharks, who slumped to their fifth straight league defeat and remain bottom of the table.
Barkely led Bath out in front of his home fans for the final time and with 12 minutes gone he had already given the hosts a 6-0 lead after slotting over two penalties.
Macleod responded with three points of his own, although he also missed twice, before Barkley kicked two more penalties to give Bath a 12-3 lead at the half-time interval.
Eight minutes after the restart Wilson injected some much-needed ambition into the contest, surging inside Sale's 22 before finishing the move off himself by crashing over from close range when the visitors ran out of defensive numbers.
Sale hit back after 59 minutes when concerted and patient work through the phases ended in Leota collecting a try which Macleod converted to narrow the gap to nine points.
The introduction of Danny Cipriani further energised the visitors but Sale stormed back upfield and rumbled over with Skirving grounding the ball, before scoring again through a penalty try when Sale pulled down a scrum on their own line.Sale had looked at their most dangerous when Cipriani came on, the former England fly-half almost produced a try with a clever chip into space.
Had Sale possessed more attacking composure Bath might have been in serious trouble, but the hosts ended up adding to their lead rather than falling victim to a comeback.
Sale's miserable afternoon was completed when they ended the game with 14 men after No 8 Andy Powell was sin-binned for a high tackle.
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Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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