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Brewer fumes at Sharks defence

Sale head coach Mike Brewer delivered a scathing assessment of his side's defensive frailties after Bath scored a late bonus-point try to win 32-16 at the Recreation Ground.

Bath's impressive home record against the Sharks continued and their day was made even better when young centre Ben Williams stepped off the bench to touch down late on a claim the bonus point for his side.

"We got what we deserved," said the former All Black, who was brought in during the summer to revive the Sharks' fortunes.

Sale were left to reflect on another Aviva Premiership reverse at the Recreation Ground - they have won just once in their past nine trips to Bath - and Brewer was left fuming with his team's defence.

He said: "If individuals go out on to the field and they're not committed and haven't got the attitude to tackle then at this level the opposition will run through you.

"There was not enough intensity, not enough accuracy. I was just incredibly disappointed. There's no substitute for attitude and it doesn't matter what defensive system you work from, at the end of the day, the tackle is king."

Bath head coach Steve Meehan was not entirely satisfied with his side's showing either.

He said: "We are not playing anywhere near as well as we can. But they'll grow in confidence from this result and we'll be even more positive on Friday night against Gloucester."

Meehan was pleased with the showing of Tom Biggs on the left wing.

"That's certainly the best display we've seen from him in a Bath jersey," he said. "We've been wanting him to trust himself and back his speed. That's why we got him down here. He showed the home supporters the kind of player he is."

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