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Wins for Bath, Sale and Wasps in Anglo-Welsh

Bath launched a great fightback to beat Leicester in the Anglo-Welsh Cup and there were wins for Sale and Wasps over Saracens and Ospreys on Friday.

Bath 33-31 Leicester

Bath continued with their fine start to the tournament when they beat the champions in a thrilling encounter at the Recreation Ground.

Leicester drew first blood courtesy of a Tom Hardwick penalty in the ninth minute and they extended their lead when Jonah Holmes dotted down seven minutes later.

Hardwick converted before Freddie Burns kicked two penalties for the home side but the visitors extended their lead when Adam Thompstone scored their second try in the 35th minute.

Just before half-time, former Tiger, Burns, scored Bath’s first try which meant Leicester held a 17-13 lead at the break.

Burns added a second penalty shortly after the restart before the Tigers struck back via another Holmes try in the 45th minute. Burns reduced the deficit with another penalty shortly afterwards but a Ben White try on the hour-mark gave Leicester more breathing space.

That was the last time they would score points, however, as a Zach Mercer five-pointer gave Bath a glimmer of hope. And just before full-time, they were awarded a penalty try after the Tigers were penalised several times at the scrum and that score secured a memorable win for the home side.

The scorers:

For Bath:
Tries:
 Burns, Mercer, Penalty try
Cons: Burns 2
Pens: Burns 4

For Leicester:
Tries:
 Holmes 2, Thompstone, White
Cons: Hardwick 4
Pen: Hardwick

Ospreys 12-36 Wasps

Wasps dominated the early exchanges and raced into a 19-0 lead after Antonio TJ Harris, Brendan Macken and Guy Armitage scored tries within the first 20 minutes.

The Ospreys struck back through tries from Reuben Morgan-Williams and Ifan Williams which meant Wasps led 19-12 at the interval.

The visitors continued to dominate and extended their lead in the 44th minute courtesy of a try from Springbok back-row Nizaam Carr, who was making his debut for Wasps.

Connor Eastgate converted before adding a penalty in the 50th minute and they sealed their win in the 62nd minute when Macken crossed for his second try.

The scorers:

For Ospreys:
Tries: 
Morgan-Williams, I Williams
Con: Price

For Wasps:
Tries: Harris, Macken 2, Armitage, Carr
Cons: Eastgate 4
Pen: Eastgate

 

Sale Sharks 29-22 Saracens

Sale delivered a superb second-half effort which paved the way to a deserved victory after the visitors were the dominant side early on.

Sarries led 19-13 at the break thanks largely to the goalkicking of Max Malins, who slotted four penalties, and their other points came via a converted Will Skelton try.

AJ MacGinty kicked three penalties and also converted a Ben Curry try during the opening period. The second half started brightly for Sale when Will Cliff added a penalty and Alexandru Tarus scored their second try which gave them a 21-19 lead after 51 minutes.

Malins kicked another penalty in the 57th minute which put his side back in front but another MacGinty penalty and a Mike Haley try in the 69th minute, was enough to help Sale clinch the result.

For Sale Sharks:
Tries: 
Curry, Tarus, Haley
Con: MacGinty
Pens: MacGinty 3, Cliff

For Saracens:
Try: 
Skelton
Con: Malins
Pens: Malins 5

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