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Nathan Middleton

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  1. Goodnight

    FT: Bath 30-3 Sale

    Matt Banahan

    Thank you for your company this evening. Through the good times, the collapsed scrums and TMO decisions...

    Don't forget, we've got you covered for the rest of the weekend.

    Saturday (all games kick-off at 15:00 BST):

    • Exeter v Gloucester
    • Harlequins v Northampton
    • Leicester v Worcester
    • Newcastle v Bristol


    • Saracens v Wasps (15:00 BST)

    Until then, enjoy the rest of your night,

  2. Bath 30-3 Sale

    If you are only just getting in from your Friday night, then you've missed a convincing win for Bath.

    Read Gary Smee's match report for all of the action tonight.

    Bath 30-3 Sale

    Matt Banahan Try celebration

    Bath earn a hard-fought win over Sale Sharks to move up to second in the early-season Premiership table.

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  3. 'One of the best'

    FT: Bath 30-3 Sale

    Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder told BT Sport:

    "We started really well and then we probably tried a bit too hard.

    "Matt Banahan has been fantastic for us and this year he is refreshed and excited about his rugby again.

    "Kahn Fotuali'i has been really good for George Ford and he is one of the best in the world at game management."

  4. 'Today we stepped up'

    FT: Bath 30-3 Sale

    Bath's first try-scorer Matt Banahan told BT Sport:

    "Last week was a scrappy game, but today we stepped up.

    "Sale are a very physical team and we knew we had to match it, if not better it to give ourselves an opportunity to win.

    "We started well, which gave us a foothold. It's a great first six games in the Premiership for us this year."

  5. Get Involved at #bbcrugby

    FT: Bath 30-3 Sale

    There are many good things about rugby. But it is fair to say the delays of the referee and Television Match Official annoyed some tonight.

    Including former Harlequins and England winger Ugo Monye...

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  6. Full-time

    Bath 30-3 Sale

    The end of that was like a boxing match, with neither side wanting to go down.

    Bath's damage was done way before the extra-time as they looked very classy with ball in hand and it is five out of six to start the Todd Blackadder reign.

    Sale saw lots of ball but struggled to do anything with it.

  7. Post update

    Bath 30-3 Sale

    Credit to Sale for carrying on playing with 14-men and the game gone.

    They've just won themselves another penalty. The Sale coaching staff want it off but he players want to carry on on the edge of the Bath 22.

  8. Sin-bin (Leota)

    Bath 30-3 Sale

    Johnny Leota is shown a yellow card for his throw.

    A silly, off the ball challenge from the Samoan which bordered on a red card. Judo like throw of Alex Brew.

  9. Post update

    Bath 30-3 Sale

    It sounded as if the referee had blown for full-time but an off the play incident between Johnny Leota and Aled Brew means we'll end this game with the Television Match Official.

  10. Post update

    Bath 30-3 Sale

    Guess what? Another collapsed scrum.

    We finish with the theme of the match. This has not been a classic Premiership Friday night. 

  11. Post update

    Bath 30-3 Sale

    Nothing comes from the line-out, but Sale do then win a scrum seven metres out and another shot at a try.

    Bath's defence, so quick out of the blocks all game, will want to keep the visitors in single figures.

  12. Post update

    Bath 30-3 Sale

    Another Sale penalty, another kick to touch. 

    This one is just five metres out now though - the closest they have been...

  13. Post update

    Bath 30-3 Sale

    The visitors' yellow shirts are ending the game with ball in hand, but the Bath defence has been impenetrable tonight.

    Eventually they are forced to concede the penalty and Sale go to touch is search of this elusive try that they have not got close to scoring yet.

  14. Post update

    Bath 30-3 Sale

    As much as everyone can enjoy the tries Bath have scored tonight, there is another succession of scrums.

    Eventually the hosts pick and go from the base of the scrum and we can play a bit of rugby again.

  15. Post update

    Bath 30-3 Sale

    Sale win a penalty from a scrum and the Sharks kick to just outside the 22.

    Can they come away with a consolation try... no, as Johnny Leota knocks on straight off the line-out.

    Another mistake and Bath will be able to clear from the scrum.

  16. Post update

    Bath 30-3 Sale

    Understandably, Sale are trying things and probably forcing the game too much but they have lacked something tonight. 

    Loose passes, mistimed attacking and Bath are sending them backwards at the moment in defence. 

    Time is called off with Lawrence Pearce down injured.

    Bath v Sale
  17. Try (Palma-Newport)

    Bath 30-3 Sale

    They will be more than sniffing that try bonus point now.

    A line-out falls kindly to Kane Palma-Newport, who reads it very well, and then he has work to do, but produces a winger-esque step to dot down.

    George Ford keeps up his perfect record from the tee with his third conversion. This scoreline does not reflect the closeness of this game, but Bath have been clinical.

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  18. Post update

    Bath 23-3 Sale

    The hosts really on the charge now.

    As the Sale defence tires, they're attacking at all angles and bouncing off tackles.

    You get the sense that Bath are sniffing a try bonus point here.

  19. 'Fotuali'i was a predator'

    Bath 23-3 Sale

    Max Lahiff

    Bath prop on BBC Radio Bristol

    Kahn Fotuali'i was a predator there, just jumping on that one error.

    Sale have been pretty watertight with the ball and that was very uncharacteristic of them.

  20. Try (Fotuali'i, con Ford)

    Bath 23-3 Sale

    Sale forcing the game and the error is pounced on by Bath scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i.

    Replacement scrum-half James Mitchell's pass is loose from a tackle on him and it bounces behind Sale players and the Samoan number nine picks up and races to the line.

    Another two points for George Ford and a losing bonus point will be Sale's aim now.