Bath Rugby came away from a snowy and windy Salford City Stadium tonight with the losing bonus point having been edged out by Sale Sharks in an attritional battle, 14-13.
Both sides spent much of the opening stages not only assessing the weather, but also each other. Playing into the driving wind and snow for the first half, Bath soaked up the pressure put on them by the home side early on, and neither side got much further than the opposition 22 before possession was turned over.
With both teams electing to mainly keep the ball in hand, it was 20 minutes before the first points were scored, Nick Macleod putting the home side up. Nick Abendanon's chip through richoted off a Sale defender, and from there the home side made the break. Bath infringed in the defensive line and it was a simple three points for the fly-half. 3-0.
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