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9 months ago

Bath

Bath Rugby 32 v 25 Wasps

22 February 2014, KO 14:00

Recreation Ground
AVIVA Premiership

Wasps

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22 February 2014, 5:41pm

Bath Rugby battle to bonus point win

Bath Rugby battled to a bonus point win over London Wasps this afternoon in a seven try thriller at the Recreation Ground, final score 32-25.

The home side started well, and some strong early pressure saw them awarded a penalty, which Tom Heathcote duly sent between the posts. He had a chance to double the lead minutes later, but the shot drifted wide. 3-0.

The first try of the game came about five minutes later, after a strong scrum from Bath set the backs flying. Nick Abendanon took the ball forward and offloaded quickly to Kyle Eastmond, who in turn found Anthony Watson outside him. The winger evaded the covering defender to touch down out wide. 8-0.

Wasps got back into the game with two successive penalties from Joe Carlisle, but Heathcote extended the lead to five points with a shot on target of his own.
The visitors looked dangerous on the attack, and when scrum-half Charlie Davies saw Will Helu out wide, it looked as if they would be in for a try of their own. Watson had other ideas however, deftly intercepting the ball on the Bath 22 and sprinting away to score between the posts. Heathcote added the extras to set up a 12 point lead after just under half an hour of play. 18-6.

In what was quickly becoming an absorbing game, Wasps were quick to get a try of their own. A tap penalty saw the ball go sailing through the hands and out to Nathan Hughes, who dotted down in the corner. Carlisle added the conversion. 18-13.

The see-saw nature of the game continued though, as from the kick-off the home side were scoring once more. A Wasps knock-on saw Bath gain possession, and after a neat offload off the floor from Man of the Match Leroy Houston, Abendanon flew over for the try. Heathcote was on target with a tricky conversion.

Half-time: Bath Rugby 25 – London Wasps 13.

Wasps came out strong in the second half, and whilst Carlisle missed a shot at goal, winger Helu made up for it minutes later with a try. The fly-half was this time accurate with the conversion, narrowing the gap to just five points in an enthralling game. 25-20.

Bath were quickly back on the attack. Heathcote chipped over, which was gathered by replacement Peter Stringer. The scrum-half broke free and offloaded to Ollie Devoto, who then passed out the back of his hand to the supporting Eastmond. The centre stepped inside, away from the covering Wasps defence and went over for the bonus point score. Heathcote just squeezed the conversion inside the posts to add the extra two points. 32-20.

Neither side were content to just sit back, and it was the visitors who had the final score of the day as Elliot Daly worked through the gap in defence to score. 32-25.
There was nearly a fifth try for Bath, only for the TMO to rule that a knock-on had occurred under the pile of bodies on the line.

Wasps kept attacking, as they had all game, but a resolute Bath worked hard to keep them out until the final whistle, which came as Stringer sent the ball sailing into touch.

Final score: Bath Rugby 32 – London Wasps 25.

Match details

Referee: Matthew Carley
Half Time score: 25-13

Bath

Tries: Watson (11,27), Abendanon (34), Eastmond (53)
Cons: Heathcote (28,35,54)
Pens: Heathcote (1,26)

London Wasps

Tries: Hughes (33), Helu (48), Daly (60)
Cons: Carlisle (33,49)
Pens: Carlisle (15,22)

Man of the match award

Leroy Houston

Bath score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Nick Abendanon 1 0 0 0 5
Anthony Watson 2 0 0 0 10
Kyle Eastmond 1 0 0 0 5
Tom Heathcote 0 3 2 0 12

London Wasps score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Elliot Daly 1 0 0 0 5
William Helu 1 0 0 0 5
Joe Carlisle 0 2 2 0 10
Nathan Hughes 1 0 0 0 5

Other results

DateTeamScoreTeam
22/02/14 Gloucester 25 - 20 Harlequins
22/02/14 Worcester 12 - 24 Sale
Bath Rugby Lineup
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10

Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath

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Wasps

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
1 FB Nick Abendanon15Elliot Daly FB 1
2 W Anthony Watson14William Helu W 1
C Ollie Devoto13Andrea Masi C
1 C Kyle Eastmond12Chris Bell C
W Horacio Agulla11James Short W
2 3 FH Tom Heathcote10Joe Carlisle FH 2 2
SH Micky Young9Charlie Davies SH
P Nathan Catt1Matt Mullan P
H Ross Batty2Tom Lindsay H
P Juan Pablo Orlandi3Jake Cooper-Woolley P
L Stuart Hooper4James Cannon L
L Dominic Day5Kearnan Myall L
FL Matthew Garvey6Ashley Johnson FL
FL Francois Louw7James Haskell FL
8 Leroy Houston8Nathan Hughes 8 1

Replacements

rh Eusebio Guinazu16Kevin Davis rh
rp Anthony Perenise17Simon McIntyre rp
rp Kane Palma-Newport18Taione Vea rp
r8 Ryan Caldwell19Esteban Lozada r8
rfl Alafoti Fa'osiliva20Guy Thompson rfl
rsh Peter Stringer21Joe Simpson rsh
rfh Gavin Henson22Tom Bell rfh
rc Semesa Rokoduguni23Charlie Hayter rc