On his final appearance before departing for France, Barkley eventually amassed sixteen points, starting with penalties after 10 and 12 minutes to put Bath six points up. Powell and Buckley had made early charges but a quiet game was rarely woken up by any meaningful attacking within the opposition 22, at either end.
After a third minute miss, Macleod replied with a penalty on 16 minutes after Bath were offside, but Barkley sent two further penalties over on 28 and 30 minutes to make the score 12-3.
On 32 minutes, Brady was shown a yellow card for an aerial infringement on an opponent. Macleod missed a long, central penalty which could have made a difference to what followed. Leading up to half time, Sharks had midfield possession but the home defence held firm.
Six minutes after the break, a slow Sharks trundle was bundled into touch, then Miller and the returned Brady created a threat. On 50 minutes, home tighthead prop Wilson was the instigator and finisher of the game's first try. He burst down the middle and, when halted, sent the ball across the pitch. Taylor, Abendanon, Claasens and Eastmond all tried to break through but when the ball returned to Wilson's hands, the prop's power took him down the slope to score. Barkley converted.
Sharks replied with spirit. Eastmond hit Miller hard, but was penalised for holding his opponent down. The penalty went to the corner, and from the lineout the Sharks kept the ball among the forwards, with Buckley prominent. Finally, Leota dived over under the posts, Macleod converting to narrow the gap to just nine points with 23 minutes left.
Brady was almost over on 64 minutes when he collected a bouncing kick from replacement Cipriani. Leota and Powell produced later raids, but disaster struck after the Sharks elected to take a quick tap penalty. The ball became loose and was swiftly moved down to the opposite end. Cueto collected but was penalised for holding on. Bath kicked the penalty into touch. A forward drive after the lineout ended with Skirving dotting down for an unconverted try on 73 minutes.
Worse was the follow for the visitors when Powell saw yellow after a challenge on Day. The Sharks' seven man scrum conceded a penalty try in the game's last minute. Barkley's final act as a Bath player was to convert it.
Sharks' Director of Rugby Bryan Redpath commented, "There were ten points in that second half that we let slip, which would have made a difference to the last ten minutes. There were elements in our discipline that we can tidy up. I think that we were at the wrong end of some tough decisions."
Scoring (Bath first): 3-0, 6-0, 6-3, 9-3, 12-3 (Half Time) 19-3, 19-10, 24-10, 31-10.
Squad: 15.Rob Miller, 14.Tom Brady, 13.Johnny Leota, 12.Sam Tuitupou, 11.Mark Cueto, 10.Nick Macleod, 9.Cillian Willis, 1.Eifion Lewis-Roberts, 2.Tommy Taylor, 3.Tony Buckley, 4.Fraser McKenzie, 5.Kearnan Myall, 6.James Doyle, 7.David Seymour (capt.), 8.Andy Powell
Replacements: 16.Joe Ward for Taylor (57) , 17.Vadim Cobilas for Buckley (60), 18.Aston Croall for Lewis-Roberts (71), 19.James Gaskell for McKenzie (57), 20.Mark Easter for Doyle (47), 21.Nathan Fowles for Willis (57), 22.Danny Cipriani for Macleod (62), 23.Will Addison for Tuitupou (57-62, 73)
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