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England wing Joe Cokanasiga struck late to secure an unlikely 7-7 draw for Bath, just when it seemed Premiership bottom club Sale would leave a rain-sodden Rec with a priceless victory.
Replacement fly-half James Wilson, signed up as injury cover only this week, converted to claim two points for Bath. Sale’s reward was to leapfrog Newcastle into 11th position in the table.
After a turgid, scoreless first half, the game sprung to life after 49 minutes when Sale No.8 Jean-luc du Preez plunged over for a try, converted by elder brother Rob.
Bath’s stumbling over the first three months of the season has left them short of confidence. As if desperate to cut down on mistakes, the home side played slowly and cautiosuly, with a succession of box kicks on the wet pitch.