Bath fall to Edinburgh

A cloudy and humid Friday evening at the Rec saw Bath fail to complete a treble of friendly victories over Celtic sides as they went down 8-19 to Edinburgh.
Bath got off to a great start. A good Bath move saw Joe Maddock make a run down the right hand side of the pitch and jink his way past the opposition defence before popping the ball to Nick Abendanon who then used his pace to take him over the try line and score. Shaun Berne was unable to convert this time round but in the 17th minute he slotted over a penalty to give Bath an 8-0 lead.

Bath went down to 14 men briefly after Jonny Faamatuainu was sin binned for an infringement. Bath then nearly scored in the 32nd after a kick and chase by Andrew Higgins saw Edinburgh just being able to prevent Bath from scoring as players from both side scrambled to put the ball down over the try line.

The rest of the half belonged to the boot of Edinburgh fullback Chris Paterson who hit three successful penalties to give the visitors a 9-8 lead going into the break.

Six minutes in the new half and with Bath pressing the Edinburgh line, a Michael Claassens fumble saw Edinburgh substitute David Callum kick the ball ahead and use impressive ball control to subsequently take the ball 60 metres or so down the pitch, before winger Simon Webster collected it and scored.

In the 57th minute, Edinburgh captain David Blair created the final score of the match when he made a good break which ultimately resulted in a Steven Turnball score. Paterson missed the penalty but Edinburgh led 19-8.

The biggest cheer of the match was left for Bath substitute Matt Banahan when his first touch of the ball saw him make significant yardage before a number of Edinburgh defenders were able to bring him down. However more Bath possession did not result in more points on the scoreboard and Edinburgh took the honours.

Bath: Abendanon (Cuthbert 60), Maddock, Hape, Fuimaono-Sapolu, Higgins (Banahan 74), Berne (Cheeseman 60), Claassens (Bemand 71); Barnes (Bell, 58), Mears (Dixon 58), Stevens (Flatman 58), Harrison, Short, Hooper, Lipman © (Scaysbrook 60), Faamatuainu (J Ovens 78).

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