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Bath Rugby back to winning ways against Welsh

Bath Rugby 47 v London Welsh 7

Bath Rugby returned to winning ways at the Rec with one-sided 47-7 win against London Welsh in Round One of the LV= Cup.

Seven tries were scored in all by the home side, the first within five minutes of the first half when a powerful maul from Bath enabled blinside Max Northcote-Green to score on his senior debut for the Club. Fly-half Gavin Henson's conversion rebounded off the posts. 5-0.

Henson was able to rectify that error six minutes later when Bath won a scrum penalty near enough in front of the Welsh posts, his successful kick taking the score to 8-0.

The opening quarter had just gone when Henson, in possession of the ball outside the visitors' 22, shipped to Olly Woodburn on the right wing. Woodburn scampered under the first tackle, presented the ball well enough for it to be recycled to hooker Ross Batty, whose drive allowed Woodburn to finally get the try just one phase later.

Henson's impressive touchline conversion gave Bath a 15-0 lead, which he then extended to 18-0 after his side were presented with a scrum penalty in front of the Welsh posts with just over half an hour on the clock. Tighthead Kane Palma-Newport would have felt hard done by in the 37th minute, having seemingly touched down for Bath's third try, only for the referee to bring it back for a home penalty.

That denial made little difference to the team, however, when their scrum shunted Welsh over their own tryline, giving Bath a penalty try moments later; one which Henson was never going to miss. 25-0.

That wasn't it for the first half, though. Outside centre Matt Banahan burst through the Welsh defence, and strong support work from wing Horacio Agulla and Nick Auterac put Banahan over for his side's fourth try.

Henson was unfortunate to again hit the posts with his attempt, but a 32-0 lead going into half time told its own story, with the Exiles having found themselves running into a wall of Blue, Black and White through almost the entirety of the first 40 minutes.

Half time: Bath Rugby 30-0 London Welsh

The Exiles were never going to allow themselves to concede as many points in the second half as they had in the first, and so it proved. Still, Northcote Green's second try after 52 minutes was a sight to behold: inside centre Ollie Devoto's kick finding Agulla - who somehow spun in the air to retrieve the ball - who fed the ball to the blindside. Henson's conversion took the lead to 37-0.

Welsh began to come alive in attack after that try, and frequent penalties and quick-taps in Bath's half eventually resulted in former Bath wing Nick Scott scoring in the left-hand corner. Replacement Welsh fly-half Will Robinson's difficult conversion from out wide was one of the high points of the afternoon for the Exiles. 37-7.

Bath struck back with fewer than ten minutes remaining, as if galvanised by the crowd's desire for one last try. Parked on the opposition tryline, replacement wing Rich Lane found himself unmarked for the best part of three seconds. In that time, scrum-half Micky Young, on for Chris Cook, passed Lane the ball for the penultimate try of the night. The conversion attempt was wide,  and the score now stood at 42-7. 

There was time for just one more try for Bath, with another fine maul allowing replacement lock Marcus Garratt to touch down. Again, the conversion was off-target, but it had been a successful return to the Rec for Bath.

Full time: Bath Rugby 47-7 London Welsh

Match details

Recreation Ground
Anglo-Welsh Cup
1 November 2014
KO 15:00

Attendance: 13,353
Referee: David Proctor
Half Time score: 30-0

Bath:
Tries: Northcote-Green (4, 51), Woodburn (24), Banahan (40), Lane (75), Garratt (80)
Conversions: Henson (25, 38, 52)
Penalties: Henson (11, 32)
Welsh:
Tries: Scott (60)
Conversions: Robinson (61)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Welsh.

5'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 0 Welsh

Max Northcote-Green scores for Bath.

12'

Penalty Goal! Bath 8 - 0 Welsh

Gavin Henson kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

25'

Try for Bath! Bath 13 - 0 Welsh

Olly Woodburn scores for Bath.

26'

Conversion! Bath 15 - 0 Welsh

Gavin Henson with a conversion for Bath.

33'

Penalty Goal! Bath 18 - 0 Welsh

Gavin Henson kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

39'

Try for Bath! Bath 23 - 0 Welsh

39'

Conversion! Bath 25 - 0 Welsh

Gavin Henson with a conversion for Bath.

40'

Try for Bath! Bath 30 - 0 Welsh

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

40'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 30 - 0 Welsh.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

46'

Substitution

Nathan Catt replaces Nick Auterac for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Juan Pablo Orlandi replaces Kane Palma-Newport for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Pete Browne replaces Daniel Browne for Welsh.

50'

Substitution

Will Robinson replaces Tristan Roberts for Welsh.

50'

Substitution

Joshua McNally replaces Ben West for Welsh.

52'

Try for Bath! Bath 35 - 0 Welsh

Max Northcote-Green scores for Bath.

53'

Conversion! Bath 37 - 0 Welsh

Gavin Henson with a conversion for Bath.

61'

Try for Welsh! Bath 37 - 5 Welsh

Nick Scott scores for Welsh.

62'

Conversion! Bath 37 - 7 Welsh

Will Robinson with a conversion for Welsh.

62'

Substitution

Tom Woolstencroft replaces Max Northcote-Green for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Adam Field replaces Nick Scott for Welsh.

62'

Substitution

Paul Rowley replaces Rob Lewis for Welsh.

62'

Substitution

Ben Cooper replaces Pablo Henn for Welsh.

67'

Substitution

Max Clark replaces Horacio Agulla for Bath.

69'

Substitution

Richard Lane replaces Olly Woodburn for Bath.

69'

Substitution

Marcus Garratt replaces Tom Ellis for Bath.

76'

Try for Bath! Bath 42 - 7 Welsh

Richard Lane scores for Bath.

80'

Try for Bath! Bath 47 - 7 Welsh

Marcus Garratt scores for Bath.

80'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 47 - 7 Welsh.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Gavin Henson032012
Max Northcote-Green200010
Matt Banahan10005
Olly Woodburn10005
Marcus Garratt10005
Richard Lane10005
Welsh Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Nick Scott10005
Will Robinson01002
Bath v Welsh
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PNick
Auterac
1Pablo
Henn
P    
    HRoss
Batty
2Nathan
Morris
H    
    PKane
Palma-Newport
3Eddie
Aholelei
P    
    LTom
Ellis
4Ben
West
L    
    LCharlie
Ewels
5James
Down
L    
   2FLMax
Northcote-Green
6Daniel
Browne
FL    
    FLGuy
Mercer
7Nathan
Vella
FL    
    8David
Sisi
8Ben
Pienaar
8    
    SHChris
Cook
9Rob
Lewis
SH    
2 3 FHGavin
Henson
10Tristan
Roberts
FH    
    WHoracio
Agulla
11Nick
Scott
W1   
    COllie
Devoto
12Tom
May
C    
   1CMatt
Banahan
13Nic
Reynolds
C    
   1WOlly
Woodburn
14Rhys
Crane
W    
    FBLuke
Arscott
15Chris
Elder
FB    
Replacements
    RHTom
Dunn
16Koree
Britton
R    
    RPNathan
Catt
17Taione
Vea
R    
    RPJuan Pablo
Orlandi
18Ben
Cooper
RP    
   1RLMarcus
Garratt
19Joshua
McNally
RL    
    RFLTom
Woolstencroft
20Pete
Browne
RFL    
    RMicky
Young
21Paul
Rowley
RSH    
    RWMax
Clark
22Will
Robinson
RFH 1  
   1RWRichard
Lane
23Adam
Field
RW