Bath Rugby remain unbeaten in their Amlin Challenge Cup pool after a convincing 13-30 win against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade this afternoon.
Micky Young opened Bath's account, sniping over for a try on six minutes after some powerful runs from Dominic Day and Ollie Devoto into Dragons' 22. Heathcote converted to make it 0-7 to the visitors.
Minutes later, Heathcote landed another successful kick at goal, this time from a penalty – Bath leading 0-10 with eleven minutes gone.
Heathcote was at the heart of Bath's next try when he looked up and saw nobody at home, his wise chip over the defence pounced on by a flying Tom Biggs. The conversion was wide, however, but Bath were now 0-15 ahead with only 15 minutes gone.
In the 24th minute, the visitors conceded a penalty within kickable distance for replacement Dragons fly-half Steffan Jones, whose effort made it 3-15. But less than three minutes later Mat Gilbert scored under the posts after some frantic phases of play from Bath, and Heathcote's extras gave Bath a healthy 19-point lead.
Leroy Houston, so effective throughout, got his name on the scoresheet just after the half-hour mark after Bath had spread the ball wide following some effective hit-ups from the forward pack. It meant that Bath had the all-important try bonus point before the half-time whistle had blown.
Following Houston's try, the only points scored before the interval came from a Dragons penalty kick four minutes before time.
Half time: Newport Gwent Dragons 6 - Bath Rugby 27
The second half was a considerably more defensive affair for Bath, as Dragons sought to attack again and again, spurning opportunities at goal in the process.
This tactic paid off nine minutes in, as some heroic Bath defence finally gave way to a Nic Cudd try, the flanker's score converted by Jones. At 13-30, Dragons might have sensed the slightest chance of a bounceback, but Bath responded only minutes later through a Heathcote penalty. 13-30.
A raft of replacements were then made by both sides, but Bath held the momentum to keep the lively Dragons scoreless for the remainder of the match; a momentum they will hope to take into Thursday's European clash with Bordeaux Begles at the Rec.
Full time: Newport Gwent Dragons 13 – Bath Rugby 30