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    • Bath Rugby fightback held at bay by Wasps

      Bath Rugby battled back to secure a losing bonus point at Adams Park this afternoon having fought from 29-0 down to a final score of 29-22 against Wasps.

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      It was the visitors who enjoyed the more dominant opening stages of the game as they kept Wasps held back in their own 22. Patient build-up saw Anthony Watson go close before Kyle Eastmond scythed through the Wasps midfield unopposed and cantered in under the posts. However the score was ruled out by Referee JP Doyle following consultation with the TMO, and an Andy Goode penalty moments later took the lead for the home side against the run of play.

      As the game developed so did Wasps’s control. Bath were working hard to string together phases but the home side kept their defence in check and forced uncharacteristic errors from their visitors. Two more penalties from the boot of Goode extended the lead further in the hosts’ favour before Leroy Houston was shown a yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Joe Simpson. With Bath down to 14 men, and missing a powerful presence in the scrum, it seemed inevitable that the next Wasps penalty would be awarded at the set-piece. Elliot Daly stepped up for the long range attempt and, following in his fly-half’s footsteps, was on target with the kick.

      Half-time: Wasps 12 – Bath Rugby 0

      Bath’s hopes of getting a foot-hold in the game were given another blow shortly after the second-half commenced as David Wilson followed Houston into the sin bin for a trip on Nathan Hughes. Goode took advantage of the offer of points, taking the lead to 15.

      With two men down, Bath were having to work hard to keep in touch with the game. Wave upon wave of Wasps attack tested the defence, before things went from bad to worse for the visitors. Wing Christian Wade raced onto a loose ball, and looked to be within touching distance of dotting down for the try, only for replacement Micky Young to tackle him without the ball. JP Doyle immediately ran under the posts to signal the penalty try, Goode added the conversion, and Young joined Houston and Wilson on the sidelines. 22-0.

      Sailosi Tagicakibau then crossed to add insult to injury for Bath, and it looked as if the game was out of the grasps of the West Country side. But then Bath started their fightback.

      Jonathan Joseph led the charge, scoring with ease out wide on the left. George Ford’s conversion came back at him off the post, but the points seemed to spur the team on.

      The scrum and lineout started functioning strongly, and led to the next two scores. Dave Attwood secured the lineout five metres from the try line and the ball was spread wide. Young spotted a gap and darted through, touching down between the posts. Ford added the extras with the on-target conversion.

      Then Houston powered away from the base of the scrum and offloaded to Young who found replacement David Sisi in space. The back-row made no mistake close to the line. Ford converted, taking Bath within 10 points. 29-19.

      As the clock ticked down, Bath retained possession, and Wasps had few answers. A strong scrum saw the pack secure another shot at goal for Ford, and the young fly-half didn’t disappoint with the long range kick. 29-22.

      Bath fought valiantly to try and find a way to break through the Wasps defence, knowing that one more try would’ve led to the draw and a try bonus point. The home side had other ideas however, and controlled the last two minutes of play to wind the clock down and make sure they held on for the win. Bath had to be content with the losing bonus point.

      Final score: Wasps 29 – Bath Rugby 22. 

    • Kyle Eastmond named Aviva Player of the Month

      A series of "mesmeric performances" from Kyle Eastmond has led to the Bath Rugby centre being named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for September.

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      Eastmond was acclaimed by former England wing Austin Healey as he took the first award of the season, with Healey believing he may have also solved a problem for Stuart Lancaster.

      "For more than a couple of years now we've been looking for England's long term solution at 12," said Aviva Ambassador Healey. "The form of Kyle Eastmond through September could just have solved that quandary."

      "Kyle's play has been mesmerising, consistent, powerful and above all great to watch. After the problems he had last season it is great to see him bounce back and play with a gleaming smile across his face."

      Eastmond has started in all of Bath Rugby's five matches this season as they went to the top of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table, and inflicted the first defeat of the season upon Saracens.

      He beat an impressive shortlist of Saracens outside-half Charlie Hodgson, Exeter Chiefs pair Thomas Waldrom and Henry Slade and Northampton Saints back George Pisi.

      Healey, who is a BT Sport analyst, added: "His ability to create opportunity for others and finish chances with pace on his own, stands him out as the clear winner of September's Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month."

      The winner was voted for by a panel of media professionals: Nick Mullins (BT Sport), Alastair Eykyn (BT Sport), Mick Cleary (Daily Telegraph), Steve James (Sunday Telegraph), Sarah Mockford (Rugby World), Jill Douglas (ITV Sport), Chris Jones (Radio 5 Live), David Rogers (Getty Images) and Ben Coles (Planet Rugby). The panel was chaired by Paul Morgan, Premiership Rugby's Communications Director.

      Winners in the 2014-15 season

      September – Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)

      Winners in the 2013-14 season

      September – Jacques Burger (Saracens)
      October – Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints)
      November - George Ford (Bath Rugby)
      December - Nick Easter (Harlequins)
      January – Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
      February - Vereniki Goneva (Leicester Tigers)
      March – Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks)
      April – Chris Ashton (Saracens)

    • Watson solitary change for Bath Rugby

      Bath Rugby's side to face Wasps this weekend at Adams Park (k.o. 14.00) shows a solitary change to the one which beat Saracens last Friday.

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      The returning Anthony Watson wings in at number 11, having featured there in Bath United's victory against Wasps A on Monday night. Semesa Rokoduguni continues apace on the right wing, with Gavin Henson the creative foil at fullback. 

      Kyle Eastmond, buoyed by being named September's Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month, is named alongside Jonathan Joseph in the 12-13 axis. Another successful combination for Bath, George Ford and Chris Cook, start in the half-backs for the fifth consecutive match. 

      So crucial in defeating Saracens, Bath's forwards are also unchanged. Paul James, Rob Webber and Dave Wilson continue in the front row, with Captain Stuart Hooper and Dave Attwood the locks. The back row of blindside Alafoti Fa'osiliva, openside Guy Mercer and number eight Leroy Houston have also shown good symmetry this season.

      Bath Rugby side to face Wasps

      15. Gavin Henson
      14. Semesa Rokoduguni
      13. Jonathan Joseph
      12. Kyle Eastmond
      11. Anthony Watson
      10. George Ford
      9. Chris Cook
      1. Paul James
      2. Rob Webber
      3. David Wilson
      4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
      5. Dave Attwood
      6. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
      7. Guy Mercer
      8. Leroy Houston


      16. Ross Batty
      17. Nick Auterac
      18. Henry Thomas
      19. Dominic Day
      20. David Sisi
      21. Micky Young
      22. Ollie Devoto
      23. Olly Woodburn


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The ultimate aim of the Junior Membership Club is to inspire more children to lead fitter, healthier and more active lifestyles. We have set up an initiative called the ‘Children’s Challenge’ which is a set of fitness games created by the players aimed at girls and boys aged up to 15 years.

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