Banahan marks 150th with four tries in Italian win

Bath Rugby continued their unbeaten run in the Amlin Challenge Cup with a resounding 11 try, 63-0 beating of a plucky Rugby Mogliano side.

Having come away 8-55 winners last weekend against the same side, it didn't take Bath long to carry on where they left off in Italy last week. A big rumble from an attacking lineout saw Carl Fearns dive over after just four minutes. From a tricky angle and with the wind swirling, Ford couldn't convert the additional two points. 5-0.

Undeterred, Mogliano went straight back on the attack and soon found themselves with a shot at goal. The kick fell short and the score remained at 5-0 after seven minutes.

Bath's attacking intent was clear as another penalty for the home side was sent into the corner by Ford. The resulting play saw Matt Banahan cap his 150th Club appearance with a try in the corner after some lovely handling from the backline. Ford skewed his touchline conversion, but Bath led 10-0. In the build-up to the try, Mogliano also had number 8, Thorleif Halvorsen sin binned, seeing them play with a man down for the next 10 minutes.

From the restart, Bath made their additional man advantage count and after some great work by Kyle Eastmond and Leroy Houston, Matt Garvey had the easiest of finishes to notch up the third try of the afternoon as he strolled over the line. The wind was not helping the kickers and Ford again nudged his effort slightly wide of the mark. 15-0.

Mogliano were spirited throughout and enjoyed a good attacking spell but it didn't last for long. Hooper stole the lineout ball and after a break by the surging Leroy Houston and some quick feet by Kyle Eastmond, George Ford was able to finish under the posts to register the bonus point on the half hour mark. The young fly-half made no mistake this time around by adding the extras from in front of the posts. 22-0.

The Bath scrum, which has proven so effective so far this season, was in full force again as the pack marched forward towards the line. Mogliano infringed, and referee Leo Colgan awarded the penalty try to Bath. Ford was again on target with the conversion to move the score to 29-0.

Fearns looked to have got his second try of the afternoon just before half-time, but the powerful flanker just knocked on short of the line.

Half-time score: Bath Rugby 29 – Rugby Mogliano 0.

The second half started with as much pace as was seen in the first, and the next score came just as quickly. Banahan touched down over the whitewash for his second score of the day following some great work by Eastmond and Martin Roberts in the build-up. Ford was once again on song with the extras. 36-0.

Bath were showing no mercy and some lovely work by young Ollie Devoto in the midfield saw Fearns finally register his second of the afternoon. Ford converted to keep the scoreboard ticking over. 43-0.

Another yellow card for Mogliano, this time for replacement Simone Ferrari, did little to help matters. Starting in their own 22, quick ball from Roberts to replacement Tom Heathcote saw the young Scot race up half the pitch before offloading to Olly Woodburn who finished in the corner. Heathcote's first attempt at goal went wide, leaving the score at 48-0.

Woodburn was the next Bath player to notch up a brace of tries with an easy finish after another strong drive by the forwards near the line. There was no conversion, but Bath had broken the fifty point barrier. 53-0.

Banahan completed his hat-trick in the last ten minutes to round off his landmark appearance, touching down after another carving run from Eastmond saw Woodburn take play close to the line. The giant winger then dotted the ball down from close range. 58-0.

Not content with a hat-trick, Banahan went on to score his fourth of the afternoon as the game drew to a close. A perfectly weighted chip ahead by the Jersey winger was skilfully gathered and touched down, much to the crowd's appreciation.

Final score: Bath Rugby 63 Rugby Mogliano 0

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