FAN'S VIEW: Barkley hits the road for Paris as Bath head for Kingsholm
Bath Rugby supporter Glyn Edwards gives his take on events at The Rec...
The sun shone down on The Rec on Saturday as Bath bade farewell to one of its most recent favourite sons.
Fortunately, the crowd had more reason to cheer than just for the departing Olly Barkley.
Sale were dispatched rather less clinically than the 31-10 scoreline suggests but the win was as vital for Bath as it was for securing a happy ending to The Rec career of one who has been an important part of the club's furniture for more than a decade.
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Jon Callard was the coach when Olly made his Bath debut at Franklins Gardens and Mike Foley arrived as forwards coach straight from his Wallabies retirement in the same month - November 2001.
Almost 11 years later, Olly has now joined Racing Metro '92 in the French capital as Bath prepare to face Gloucester, where he spent his one and only sabbatical season away from his beloved Rec.
Bath will need to redouble the improvement they showed in beating Sale after their lacklustre defeat by London Irish if they are to come away from Kingsholm with more than a losing bonus point.
They will need a fit Stephen Donald to let the backs off the leash and kick with the effectiveness which we glimpsed against Sale if Bath are to maintain their position in the top half of the table with a quarter of the season gone.
Saturday's match was finely poised at 19-10 in the second half, with Bath leading courtesy of Davey Wilson's virtuoso try, before the game turned in a few dramatic seconds.
Sale pressure was relieved by a mistake which Bath exploited with a well-executed kick downfield, which the retrieving Mark Cueto could only control by holding onto the ball illegally.
The lineout which followed the penalty to the corner resulted in the impressive Ben Skirving being driven over for Bath's second try and the game was then up for Brian Redpat's team - moments after they had threatened to put the result in doubt.
The home side's third score - awarded as a penalty try to give Barkley the simplest of successful kicks to sign off with - was no more than the pack deserved, after Powell's idiotic indiscipline which will surely cost his club more than just his yellow card.
Bath United's comprehensive defeat of London Irish on Monday night maintained the warm glow of a weekend sweetened by the Ryder Cup 'miracle of Medinah' and Francois Louw's all-round excellence for the Springboks against Australia.
There couldn't be a better time to end our two-year losing streak against Glaws.