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Bath Rugby remain undefeated in Europe with Dragons win
Newport Gwent Dragons

Newport Gwent Dragons 13 v 30 Bath Rugby

11 January 2014, KO 14:30

Rodney Parade
Amlin Cup




11 January 2014, 5:52pm

Bath Rugby remain undefeated in Europe with Dragons win

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


Match details

Referee: Laurent Cardona
Half Time score: 6-27

Newport Gwent Dragons

Tries: Cudd (50)
Cons: Jones (50)
Pens: Jones (25,35)


Tries: Young (6), Biggs (14), Gilbert (26), Houston (31)
Cons: Heathcote (6,27)
Pens: Heathcote (9,53)

Man of the match award

Ollie Devoto

Newport Gwent Dragons score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Nic Cudd 1 0 0 0 5
Steffan Jones 0 1 2 0 8

Bath score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Tom Biggs 1 0 0 0 5
Tom Heathcote 0 2 2 0 10
Micky Young 1 0 0 0 5
Mathew Gilbert 1 0 0 0 5
Leroy Houston 1 0 0 0 5

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Bath Rugby Lineup
Player image


Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Newport Gwent Dragons



P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
FB Daniel Evans15Anthony Watson FB
W Matthew Pewtner14Richard Lane W
C Ross Wardle13Gavin Henson C
C Ashley Smith12Ollie Devoto C
W Tom Prydie11Tom Biggs W 1
FH Jason Tovey10Tom Heathcote FH 2 2
SH Richie Rees9Micky Young SH 1
P Owen Evans1Paul James P
H T Rhys Thomas2Eusebio Guinazu H
P Nathan Buck3Juan Pablo Orlandi P
L Andrew Coombs4Dominic Day L
L Robert Sidoli5Ryan Caldwell L
FL Jevon Groves6Mathew Gilbert FL 1
1 FL Nic Cudd7Carl Fearns FL
8 Toby Faletau8Leroy Houston 8 1


rh Elliott Dee16Ross Batty rh
rp Hugh Gustafson17Anthony Perenise rp
rp Dan Way18Kane Palma-Newport rp
r8 Matthew Screech19Matthew Garvey r8
rfl Ieuan Jones20Guy Mercer rfl
rsh Luc Jones21Martin Roberts rsh
2 1 rfh Steffan Jones22Jonathan Joseph rfh
rc Patrick Leach23Matthew Banahan rc