After a brave start from the visitors, Bath scored with their first meaningful attack. After a powerful drive into the heart of the L'Aquila 22, Olly Barkley placed a delicate chip over the Italian midfield for Alex Crockett to gather and score. Barkley landed the conversion.
On a wet day at the Rec, Bath's forward dominance was always going to pay. Having been held up three times on the line, the forwards launched another attack towards the L'Aquila line. This time the ball was spun left where Olly Barkley ghosted over the line.
The forwards laid the foundations for Bath's third try. A drive from a lineout deep inside the L'Aquila 22 took play up to the line where scrum half Hentie Martens burrowed over the line. Barkley added the conversion.
David Barnes was sent to the bin, but L'Aquila were down to thirteen men through yellow card infringements and Bath immediately capitolised. Bath opted for a scrum having been awarded a penalty just outside the L'Aquila 22, and Olly Barkley cut a wonderful line to score. The fly half converted his own try.
The sixth try was all about gas. Iain Balshaw, making his home debut of the season, showed a clean pair of heels to the L'Aquila defence to score in the corner to make the half time score 31-0.
It took Bath eight minutes to record their first try of the second half. After a period of sustained pressure, Matt Stevens peeled off a maul to score under the posts for his fourth try of the tie. Barkley converted.
After a frustrating spell, Bath came back with a try through full back Matt Perry. This time it was the three quarters that set-up the score for the England player in the corner. Barkley missed the conversion.
Mike Tindall, on for fellow World Cup winner Iain Balshaw, scored Bath's eighth try after a superb Olly Barkley break. The England steamed-up in support of his fly half, broke a wrap-up tackle and sprinted 60 metres to score near the posts. Olly Barkley added the conversion.
L'Aquila fought back hard in the final quarter and came close to a score a couple of times. However, a deserved score did not materialise as Bath's defence held firm.
4 mins- Alex Crockett try, Olly Barkley conversion
23 mins- Olly Barkley try
26 mins-Hentie Martens try, Olly Barkley con
33 mins- Olly Barkley try, Olly Barkley con
37 mins-Iain Balshaw try
48 mins-Matt Stevens try, Olly Barkley con
55 mins-Matt Perry try
64 mins-Tindall try, Olly Barkley con
Bath Rugby15. Matt Perry,14 Iain Balshaw (Tindall 56), 13. Kevin Maggs, 12. Alex Crockett, 11. Simon Danielli, 10. Olly Barkley, 9. Hentie Martens (Ross Blake 40) 1. David Barnes 2. Lee Mears (Hawkins 58), 3. Matt Stevens, 4. James Hudson, 5. Danny Grewcock (capt), 6. Scott Gray, 7. James Scaysbrook, 8. Chris Goodman (Bell 33-43).
Replacements: 16. Ross Blake, 17. Rob Hawkins, 18. Duncan Bell, 19. (No player), 20. Mike Tindall, 21. Zak Feaunati, 22. Rob Fidler
L'Aquila; D Carpente; S Pietropaoli, S Rodino, G Rossi, f Gueseppe Napoli; G Cagnolo, M Fontanazza; R Sanchez, H Mazino, J Rapetti, G Sorrentino, N Brignoni, A Tagliavento, M De Paolis, C Caione (capt)
Replacements; 16 F Tripodi,17 M Alfonsetti, 18 G Sorrentino, 19 M De Paolis, 20 F Hostie,21 N Canavosio, 22 F Napoli
Cards: D. Barnes, H Mazino (30 mins), Tagliavento (33)
Referee: Didier Mene (France)
Virgin Mobile Man of the Match: Olly Barkley