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Bath

Bath Rugby 24 v 13 Cardiff Blues

25 January 2014, KO 15:00

Recreation Ground
LV= Cup

Cardiff Blues

EVENT

Player

25 January 2014, 6:05pm

Bath Rugby secure semi-final spot with win over Cardiff

Bath Rugby secured their place in the semi-finals of the LV=Cup with a hard-fought, bonus point 24-13 victory against Cardiff Blues at the Rec this afternoon.

When Bath were deemed to have wheeled the scrum with five minutes gone, it offered the Blues a straightforward shot a goal which fly-half Simon Humberstone succeeded with to score the first points of the match. 0-3.

The home side weren't long in responding however, and three minutes later Bath's impressive maul enabled Alafoti Fa'osiliva to touch down. The conversion dragged wide, but Bath now led 5-3.

With under a quarter of an hour left in the first half, Bath once more utilised their potent driving maul to good effect – this time with Micky Young the beneficiary as he sniped over for the try. Heathcote added the extras to make it 12-3.

On 35 minutes, Humberstone landed a penalty from in front of the Bath posts to double the Blues' points tally. 12-6.

Bath spent most of the final five minutes of the half in Blues territory, but a vital scrum on the visitors' five metre line came to nothing as the ball rebounded into Blues hands. Scrum-half Lewis Evans kicked the ball dead to draw the curtain on the first half.

Half time: Bath Rugby 12 – Cardiff Blues 6

Ten minutes into the second half, replacement Gavin Henson crashed over for Bath's third try of the match after some patient build-up. Heathcote's conversion then made the score 19-6.

Following that try, Bath started to take control of the game, denying the Blues any momentum, and on 76 minutes the visitors failed to deal with another powerful driving maul from the home side, leading to replacement flanker Guy Mercer touching down for the bonus point try.

Despite Heathcote's conversion striking the post, Bath now held an 18-point lead. However, the visitors responded through Dan Fish as he carved his way through to score the first try of the match for the Blues. Humberstone duly converted to bring the Blues within nine points of Bath. 24-13.

Cardiff tried to build some momentum in the closing minutes of the game but couldn't find a way through the stubborn home defence, and as time was up on the clock, referee Dean Richards brought the game to a close, guaranteeing Bath qualification to the knock-out stages of another tournament.

Final score: Bath Rugby 24 – Cardiff Blues 13.

Match details

Referee: Dean Richards
Half Time score: 12-6

Bath

Tries: Fa'osiliva (7), Young (26), Henson (48), Mercer (74)
Cons: Heathcote (27,49)

Cardiff Blues

Tries: Fish (76)
Cons: Humberstone (77)
Pens: Humberstone (5,35)

Man of the match award

Ross Batty

Bath score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Tom Heathcote 0 2 0 0 4
Micky Young 1 0 0 0 5
Alafoti Fa'osiliva 1 0 0 0 5
Guy Mercer 1 0 0 0 5
Gavin Henson 1 0 0 0 5

Cardiff Blues score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Dan Fish 1 0 0 0 5
Simon Humberstone 0 1 2 0 8

Other results

DateTeamScoreTeam
25/01/14 Wasps 22 - 15 London Irish
25/01/14 Newport Gwent Dragons 16 - 34 Northampton
25/01/14 Exeter 36 - 22 Ospreys
25/01/14 Harlequins 20 - 6 Leicester
25/01/14 Sale 20 - 6 Worcester
Bath Rugby Lineup
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10

Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath

V

Cardiff Blues

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
FB Horacio Agulla15Dan Fish FB 1
W Richard Lane14Tom Williams W
C Matthew Banahan13Owen Williams C
C Ollie Devoto12Dafydd Hewitt C
W Tom Biggs11Chris Czekaj W
2 FH Tom Heathcote10Simon Humberstone FH 1 2
1 SH Micky Young9Lewis Jones SH
P Anthony Perenise1Thomas Davies P
H Ross Batty2Rhys Williams H
P Juan Pablo Orlandi3Benoit Bourrust P
L Dominic Day4Chris Dicomidis L
L Ryan Caldwell5James Down L
FL Matthew Garvey6Rory Watts-Jones FL
1 FL Alafoti Fa'osiliva7Ellis Jenkins FL
8 Leroy Houston8Luke Hamilton 8

Replacements

rh Eusebio Guinazu16Kristian Dacey rh
rp Charlie Beech17Lewis Smout rp
rp Kane Palma-Newport18Callum Lewis rp
r8 David Sisi19Miles Normandale r8
1 rfl Guy Mercer20Ben Roach rfl
rsh Mathew Gilbert21Lloyd Williams rsh
rfh Martin Roberts22Gavin Evans rfh
1 rc Gavin Henson23Owen Jenkins rc