- Gallagher Premiership
- Saturday, June 4th 2022
- AJ Bell Stadium
Will Carpenter reports from AJ Bell Stadium
Report: Sale Sharks 42-19 Bristol Bears
Saturday, June 4th 2022
Bristol Bears signed off their 2021/22 Gallagher Premiership campaign with a heavy defeat at the hands of Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The home side stormed into a 28-0 half-time lead thanks to Cobus Wiese's double and further scores from Tom Roebuck and Akker van der Merwe.
The Bears hit back with Toby Fricker's 51st minute try courtesy of a one-handed Chris Vui offload, but Dan Du Preez and Arron Reed's sensational solo score put the game out of their reach, with Nathan Hughes' quick-fire brace on his final appearance for the club proving no more than a late consolation.
Sale Sharks: Hammersley, Roebuck, S. James, van Rensburg, Reed, R. du Preez, de Klerk (c), Rodd, van der Merwe, Schonert, Wiese, de Jager, JL du Preez, T. Curry, D. du Preez.
Replacements: Ashman, Harrison, Oosthuizen, Postlethwaite, S. Curry, Warr, Doherty, Wilkinson.
Bristol Bears: Piutau (Purdy 67), Morahan, Bates, Leiua (Lloyd 54), Fricker, Sheedy, Randall (Uren 61), Woolmore (Kloska 71), Kerr (Byrne 31), Afoa (Benz-Salomon 40), Hawkins (Holmes 54), Vui, Luatua (c) (Hughes 65), Thomas, Jeffries.
Replacements: Byrne, Benz-Salomon, Kloska, Holmes, Hughes, Uren, Lloyd, Purdy.
Sale Sharks: Tries: Roebuck 8, van der Merwe 18, Wiese 24, 40, D Du Preez 64, Reed 69
Cons: R Du Preez 8, 18, 24, 40, Wilkinson 64, 69
Bristol Bears: Tries: Fricker 51, Hughes 71, 75. Cons: Sheedy 51, 71
Pat Lam reaction
- Roebuck, Reed, van der Merwe, Wiese (2), du Preez
- du Preez (4), Wilkinson (2)
- Yellow Cards:
- Fricker, Hughes (2)
- Sheedy (2)
- Yellow Cards: