It says a lot about the progress Sale Sharks have made over the past 18 months that many will feel bitterly disappointed that Sale were unable to come away from The Rec last night with any points against the mega riches of play-off bound Bath. However at the same time, performances like Friday night's show just how much progress Sale still need to make if they are ever to challenge for a top-four place again. Indeed in yesterday's game we saw the extent in quality that separate teams like Bath and Sale as Bath outmuscled, outsmarted and outexecuted Sale comprehensively as they cruised to a 12-3 victory. A solitary Danny Cipriani penalty was unsurprisingly not enough to secure any points for Sale as four Tom Homer penalties proved to be a comfortable winning margin for Mike Ford's team.
With Sale already eliminated from both the European Champions Cup and the LV Cup, the Sharks now have just over three weeks to regroup and prepare themselves for a final push for a top-six place over the last five games of the season starting with Gloucester at home.
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