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Bath overwhelm Irish with second-half stunner

Bath Rugby 43 v London Irish 18

Bath Rugby recovered from a first-half slump to score five second-half tries against a shell-shocked London Irish, winning 43-18 in front of a sold-out Rec.  

Bath signalled their attacking intent from the off when they chose to run the ball from inside their 22 in the opening minute rather than to kick. They were at it again in the third minute, running impressive decoy lines, when London Irish were penalised at the ruck. George Ford's well-struck penalty gave Bath an early three-point lead. 

Ford doubled his team's lead four minutes later after Irish had collapsed the scrum. His opposite number, Chris Noakes, then added three points of his own after a scrum infringement in front of the Bath posts. 6-3. 

The tit-for-tat continued when, in the 21st minute, Ford struck a fine long penalty from within the Exiles' 10m to nudge Bath ahead 9-3. 

The home side might have been disappointed not to have scored after a few phases of attack in the final quarter of the first half, but they wouldn't have been too unhappy with an extra three points won by their scrum and kicked by Ford with just over ten minutes remaining. 12-3. 

The kick from Ford was cancelled out near the half-hour mark by Noakes, who slotted a fine penalty a metre or so inside Bath's halfway line. 12-6.

As the seconds ticked down to half time, Irish blindside Luke Narraway burst up the right wing and put his men into a formidable position from which loosehead Tom Court was able to touch down. Noakes converted the Ulsterman's try to take the Exiles into half time with a one-point lead.

Half time: Bath Rugby 12-13 London Irish

Shortly into the second half and the crowd were growing restless after several re-set Bath scrums on Irish's 5m line. The groans turned into cheers, though, as number eight Leroy Houston piled over for Bath's first try of the night, which Ford made light work of converting. 19-13. 

That was followed up only minutes later by a razzle-dazzle moment of magic by Jonathan Joseph, the outside centre chipping and gathering the ball beyond the Irish defence to score Bath's second. Ford converted that one too. 26-13. 

Bath were now on a roll, and when they found themselves inside Irish's 22, wasted little time in spinning the ball wide through Eastmond to Matt Banahan on the wing - the Jersey man scoring his second try in as many games. Ford was off target with his conversion attempt this time. 31-13. 

The try bonus point for Bath was sealed when Sam Burgess benefited from an unstoppable driving maul for the fourth home try of the match, which Ford nudged through the posts for an impressive 38-13 lead. 

Semesa Rokoduguni made it onto the scoresheet with fewer than ten minutes remaining thanks to a scoring pass from the influential and tireless Leroy Houston. Ford was unable to make the conversion from the touchline. 43-13. 

The Exiles scored a consolation try in the final minute of the match through openside Blair Cowan, but it was never going to be enough to recover from Bath's totally dominant second-half display. 

Full time: Bath Rugby 43-18 London Irish

 

 

Match details

Recreation Ground
Aviva Premiership
24 April 2015
KO 19:45

Attendance: 13,349
Referee: Luke Pearce
Half Time score: 12-13

Bath:
Tries: Houston (45), Joseph (49), Banahan (54), Burgess (60), Rokoduguni (71)
Conversions: Ford (46, 50, 61)
Penalties: Ford (3, 7, 17, 27)
Irish:
Tries: Court (40), Cowan (78)
Conversions: Noakes (41)
Penalties: Noakes (15, 29)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Irish.

4'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 0 Irish

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

8'

Penalty Goal! Bath 6 - 0 Irish

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

16'

Penalty Goal! Bath 6 - 3 Irish

Chris Noakes kicks a penalty goal for Irish.

18'

Penalty Goal! Bath 9 - 3 Irish

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

28'

Penalty Goal! Bath 12 - 3 Irish

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

30'

Penalty Goal! Bath 12 - 6 Irish

Chris Noakes kicks a penalty goal for Irish.

34'

Yellow Card!

Irish lose Jebb Sinclair for ten minutes.

41'

Try for Irish! Bath 12 - 11 Irish

Tom Court scores for Irish.

42'

Conversion! Bath 12 - 13 Irish

Chris Noakes with a conversion for Irish.

42'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 12 - 13 Irish.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Dave Attwood replaces Stuart Hooper for Bath.

46'

Try for Bath! Bath 17 - 13 Irish

Leroy Houston scores for Bath.

47'

Conversion! Bath 19 - 13 Irish

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

50'

Try for Bath! Bath 24 - 13 Irish

Jonathan Joseph scores for Bath.

51'

Substitution

Halani 'Aulika replaces Richard Palframan for Irish.

51'

Conversion! Bath 26 - 13 Irish

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

51'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Kane Palma-Newport for Bath.

51'

Substitution

Matt Garvey replaces Dominic Day for Bath.

51'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Paul James for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Tomas O'Leary replaces Darren Allinson for Irish.

55'

Substitution

Shane Geraghty replaces Chris Noakes for Irish.

55'

Try for Bath! Bath 31 - 13 Irish

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Sean Cox replaces Jebb Sinclair for Irish.

57'

Substitution

Gerard Ellis replaces Luke Narraway for Irish.

60'

Substitution

Ollie Devoto replaces Kyle Eastmond for Bath.

61'

Try for Bath! Bath 36 - 13 Irish

Sam Burgess scores for Bath.

62'

Conversion! Bath 38 - 13 Irish

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Peter Stringer for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Carl Fearns replaces Francois Louw for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Eamonn Sheridan replaces Topsy Ojo for Irish.

63'

Substitution

Jamie Hagan replaces Tom Court for Irish.

63'

Substitution

Dan Leo replaces David Paice for Irish.

64'

Yellow Card!

Irish lose Dan Leo for ten minutes.

72'

Try for Bath! Bath 43 - 13 Irish

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

79'

Try for Irish! Bath 43 - 18 Irish

Blair Cowan scores for Irish.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 43 - 18 Irish.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford034018
Sam Burgess10005
Leroy Houston10005
Matt Banahan10005
Jonathan Joseph10005
Semesa Rokoduguni10005
Irish Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Chris Noakes01208
Tom Court10005
Blair Cowan10005
Bath v Irish
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PPaul
James
1Tom
Court
P1   
    HRob
Webber
2David
Paice
H    
    PKane
Palma-Newport
3Richard
Palframan
P    
    LStuart
Hooper
4George
Skivington
L    
    LDominic
Day
5Jebb
Sinclair
L    
   1FLSam
Burgess
6Luke
Narraway
FL    
    FLFrancois
Louw
7Blair
Cowan
FL1   
   18Leroy
Houston
8Tom
Guest
8    
    SHPeter
Stringer
9Darren
Allinson
SH    
4 3 FHGeorge
Ford
10Chris
Noakes
FH 1 2
   1WMatt
Banahan
11Alex
Lewington
W    
    CKyle
Eastmond
12Fergus
Mulchrone
C    
   1CJonathan
Joseph
13Eoin
Griffin
C    
   1WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Topsy
Ojo
W    
    FBAnthony
Watson
15Andrew
Fenby
FB    
Replacements
    RHRoss
Batty
16Gerard
Ellis
RFL    
    RPNick
Auterac
17Jamie
Hagan
RP    
    RPMax
Lahiff
18Halani
'Aulika
RP    
    RLDave
Attwood
19Dan
Leo
RH    
    RLMatt
Garvey
20Sean
Cox
RL    
    RFLCarl
Fearns
21Tomas
O'Leary
RSH    
    RSHChris
Cook
22Shane
Geraghty
RFH    
    RCOllie
Devoto
23Eamonn
Sheridan
RW