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Bath Rugby 19 v 22 Exeter Chiefs

9 March 2014, KO 13:00

Recreation Ground
LV= Cup

Conversion | Heathcote 1' Penalty | Slade 7' Penalty | Heathcote 18' Yellow card | Henson 23' Try | Arscott 25' Penalty | Heathcote 34' Substitution | James <> Vainikolo 40' Substitution | Dollman <> Steenson 42' Substitution | Guinazu <> Batty 44' Substitution | Orlandi <> Perenise 44' Substitution | Mercer <> Louw 44' Penalty | Heathcote 46' Substitution | Devoto <> Banahan 46' Substitution | Steenson <> Dollman 49' Try | Arscott 50' Conversion | Slade 50' Substitution | Welch <> Hanks 52' Try | Vainikolo 56' Conversion | Slade 57' Substitution | Rimmer <> Cowan-Dickie 57' Substitution | Roberts <> Stringer 57' Substitution | Tui <> Brown 57' Penalty | Heathcote 62' Substitution | Henson <> Williams 73' Substitution | Hanks <> Scaysbrook 75'



















9 March 2014, 3:48pm

Bath Rugby in Semi-Final loss to Exeter Chiefs

Bath Rugby’s run in the LV=Cup came to an end as they fell 19-22 at the Semi-Final stage to a determined Exeter Chiefs side.

Bath couldn’t have wished for a better start, the Chiefs’ kick-off finding Nick Abendanon, who broke through and offloaded to Horacio Agulla. The Argentine was brought down near the visitors’ tryline, but the supporting Leroy Houston was on hand to complete the scoring effort. Heathcote converted to make it 7-0 after only one minute.

Chiefs narrowed the gap to four points within the first ten minutes when fly-half Henry Slade slotted a simple penalty from in front of the post after Bath infringed at the ruck. 7-3.

Heathcote responded with a penalty of his own near the fifteen-minute mark to regain that seven-point buffer. 10-3.

It took ten minutes for Chiefs to find a way back in. Gavin Henson had tracked back to make a try-saving tackle, but in doing so was penalised for not releasing his man. Not only was he yellow-carded, but Chiefs then took advantage of the 14-man Bath defence to score out wide through fullback Luke Arscott a minute later. Slade’s conversion attempt failed, but it was now 10-8.

Four minutes from half time, Chiefs brought down Bath’s lineout in their own half, and Heathcote showed good nerve and accuracy to strike a great penalty to take his side into the second half with a five-point lead.

Half Time: Bath Rugby 13 – Exeter Chiefs 8

Chiefs again brought down a lineout eleven minutes into the first half to give Heathcote another shot at goal. The fly-half took it, and Bath now led 16-8.

Shortly after the restart, Bath hoisted a high ball which Arscott ran onto in the midfield. Catching the defence cold, he ran in from near halfway to score under the posts. Slade converted, and now there was only one point in it. 16-15.

It was from a near-identical position that, three minutes later, replacement Chiefs wing Fetu’u Vainikolo displayed incredible strength to burst through two tackles to score under the posts in a double-blow to Bath. Slade again converted, and now the Chiefs led 16-22.

 Bath clawed back in the 62nd minute through a Heathcote penalty, which made it 19-22. However, the home side were unable to capitalise on any further penalties against the visitors, with a long-range penalty effort dropping just short for Chiefs to run the ball dead. 

Full Time: Bath Rugby 19 – Exeter Chiefs 22

Match details

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
Half Time score: 13-8


Tries: Houston (0)
Cons: Heathcote (1)
Pens: Heathcote (18,34,46,62)


Tries: Arscott (25,50), Vainikolo (56)
Cons: Slade (50,57)
Pens: Slade (7)

Bath score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Tom Heathcote 0 1 4 0 14
Leroy Houston 1 0 0 0 5

Exeter score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Luke Arscott 2 0 0 0 10
Henry Slade 0 2 1 0 7
Fetu'u Vainikolo 1 0 0 0 5

Other results

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half




P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
FB Nick Abendanon15Luke Arscott FB 2
W Semesa Rokoduguni14Matt Jess W
C Ollie Devoto13Ian Whitten C
C Gavin Henson12Phil Dollman C
W Horacio Agulla11Tom James W
4 1 FH Tom Heathcote10Henry Slade FH 2 1
SH Martin Roberts9Dave Lewis SH
P Nathan Catt1Carl Rimmer P
H Eusebio Guinazu2Chris Whitehead H
P Juan Pablo Orlandi3Hoani Tui P
L Stuart Hooper4Dean Mumm L
L Ryan Caldwell5Damian Welch L
FL Matthew Garvey6David Ewers FL
FL Guy Mercer7Ben White FL
1 8 Leroy Houston8Kai Horstmann 8


rh Ross Batty16Luke Cowan-Dickie rh
rp Anthony Perenise17Greg Bateman rp
rp Kane Palma-Newport18Alex Brown rp
r8 Mathew Gilbert19James Hanks r8
rfl Francois Louw20James Scaysbrook rfl
rsh Peter Stringer21Haydn Thomas rsh
rfh Ben Williams22Gareth Steenson rfh
rc Matthew Banahan23Fetu'u Vainikolo rc 1