Bath rampage at Richmond

You could be forgiven for presuming that the friendly against Richmond would be a walk over, and although the final score was an excellent 50 - 3 to Bath, Richmond tried hard to fight their corner.

On a cloudy and uncharacteristically chilly August day, those who had not been selected for the Middlesex Sevens at Twickenham headed to Richmond RFC for their first friendly of the season.

The first half saw some surprisingly fast passing by Richmond, but within the opening minutes, a strong kick into touch by the opposition gave Bath's Jonny Faamatuainu the opportunity to win the line out with ease. With some jinking and tackle breaking moves from Ian Davey to Tom Cheeseman, the pair quickly moved the game into Richmond's 22, and the execution of the first try by Michael Stephenson, swiftly determined the state of the play that would consume the game.

Bath continued to drive the ball down into Richmond territory, and after a couple of collapsed scrums Bath manage to keep within the opposition's area, and whilst Richmond engaged in some risky passing near the try line, they eventually did manage to clear.

Richmond's safety was not long enjoyed, as a further try followed some floating passes to Alex Crockett, who tipped over the line with ease and Ryan Davis converted with equal proficiency. At the 24th minute, Shaun Berne replaced the successful No 10, and Berne met the next try scored by Scaysbrook with a conversion, after a powerful driving maul skittled its way for further Bath points.

With some brilliant teamwork display between Ian Davey, Alex Crockett and Tom Cheeseman, it was not long before a final try took Bath to a 21-point lead over the hosting team at half time.

Play was as consistently well executed in the second half as the first, with Mike Baxter, Neil Clark, Lorne Ward and Dan Brown bursting onto the pitch and Ward prevented Richmond from being able to gain any headway into Bath territory.

Although the home side enjoyed a swift burst midfield, it was an ephemeral advantage and Bath answered with a strong kick from Jack Cuthbert back into their 22. Rob Fidler was quick to make a mocking pass over the heads of the Richmond defence and with the final moments of the game being played in the hosts danger zone, Bath walked away at the whistle with a very comfortable 47 point lead!

15. M Stephenson 14. I Davey 13. A Crockett 12. T Cheeseman 11. J Cuthbert 10. R Davis 9. N Walsh 8. C Goodman 7. J Scaysbrook 6. J Faamatuainu 5. A Beattie 4. R Fidler 3. A Jarvis 2. P Dixon 1. L Ovens

B Macnamara T Nutall D Parkinson M Bolton E Rosa T Wesley C Okeeffe P Wilson J Bucknall T George J Hartman A De Villiers J Lake M Hart K Bingham N Piggott J Ajuwa J Goatley T Cook T Gregory L Cousins R Manyika T Drewe J Platt

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