Bath stretched their lead at the top of the Guinness Premiership to seven points with a 25-21 win over Leicester, thanks to an extraordinary last-gasp try by Butch James, long after the countdown clock had ticked to zero.
Ross Heppenstall writes for Sporting Life that James created the score with a chip kick to captain Alex Crockett – and despite failing to convert his own try, the Springbok left the field to rapturous applause from a full house at the Recreation Ground.
In an outstanding match which entirely lived up to its billing, second-placed Tigers thought they had knocked Bath off top spot when replacement hooker Mefin Davies forced his way over from close range in the 77th minute – and Geordan Murphy chipped over the conversion to open up a 21-20 lead.
But Bath, after being under the cosh for most of the game, somehow found the energy to claim the points.
Netani Talei scored the only try of the game to breathe new life into Worcester’s campaign and condemn Sale to their sixth defeat in their last seven matches by 17-9.
The Fijian flanker, 25, crossed the line in the 52nd minute of a largely tepid encounter to edge his side 11-6 ahead and from there Mike Ruddock’s men did not look back.
Remarkably, Worcester have now won at Edgeley Park for three seasons in succession but the result raised serious question marks over Sale.
Their home in Stockport has become a fortress in recent seasons but they have now lost four home games in a row and looked badly bereft of ideas and inspiration throughout.Tweet