Bath roll on sans Butch

Bath edged Sale 24-21 in an EDF Energy Cup match on Friday despite fielding a team that was without Springbok flyhalf Butch James.

James is on a break in the Caribbean but his side took a step closer to the semi-finals with a come-from-behind victory over Sale, who have now lost three consecutive matches at their home ground, Edgeley Park.

In another Energy Cup fixture Wasps cruised past the Newcastle Falcons 26-13 at Kingston Park.

Importantly they secured a bonus point but coach Shaun Edwards won’t be pleased with the form of star flyhalf Danny Cipriani.

Of greater concern for England is the injury status of centre Jamie Noon, who was carried off in a neck brace after being double tackled by Josh Lewsey and Jeremy Staunton.

In the final match of the evening The Scarlets produced a 27-0 whitewash of Bristol.

It was their last match at the stadium before a move to a new, purpose-built arena called Parcy Scarlets.

The Scarlets’ final pool clash with Northampton Saints looks set to decide who progresses to the semi-finals.