Bath Rugby beat Wasps in Rec thriller

Bath Rugby 39 v Wasps 26

Bath Rugby prevailed in an intense nine-try encounter with Wasps to win 39-26.

With 10 minutes just gone, Bath spurned a kickable penalty and opted for a lineout in the visitors' 22. They justified turning down the three points when, helped by strong yards by inside centre Sam Burgess and tighthead Henry Thomas, Francis Louw dotted down under the posts. Ford's conversion made it 7-0 the home side.

It remained scoreless until the 26th minute, when Wasps launched a threatening attack and Bath had too few defenders out wide to stop wing Alapati Leiua from scoring. Wasps fly-half Andy Goode failed with his attempt to convert. 7-5.

Near the half hour mark, Ford slotted a neatly-struck penalty to make it 10-5. The next score came shortly after, starting with a Henry Thomas steal inside his own 22. The ball shipped wide and Ford made a perfect offload for Semesa Rokoduguni to race away for the try, which the fly-half converted.

Half time: Bath Rugby 20-5 Wasps

Five minutes into the second half, Burgess again showed great impact with the ball in hand, bursting into the visitors' 22. He was brought down short of the line, but the wall was quickly distributed out wide, before coming back into midfield for an expectant Burgess to cut inside and score his maiden Premiership try. From in front of the posts, Ford gave Bath a 27-5 lead.

Wasps then struck back through their impressive number eight Nathan Hughes, who broke through one tackle to score a close-range try in the right corner. Goode converted this time to make it 27-12.

An hour gone, Bath's imposing maul was inching up the left wing. Scrum-half Chris Cook flicked a cute pass to Matt Banahan who swatted away a Wasps defender with seeming ease to score. The conversion attempt from Ford was unfortunate to bounce off the post, and Bath led 32-12.

Bath piled on the misery within a matter of minutes thereafter, with Devoto crossing in the right corner after some heavy work from the forwards -including a tenacious Matt Garvey- in Wasps' 22. The touchline conversion was taken with aplomb by Ford. 39-12.

Just when you thought Wasps were dead and buried, and with almost 10 minutes left to play, they came alive with a scintillating length-of-the-field movement, finished by centre Ben Jacobs, which Goode converted. 39-19.

Wasps followed that with a marvellous individual effort from replacement fly-half Alex Lozowski, who converted his own try to narrow the gap to 13 points. The match ended minutes later with Wasps looking for a further try, but they were bundled into touch after some fine Bath defending.

Full time: Bath Rugby 39-26.

Match details

Recreation Ground
Gallagher Premiership
10 January 2015
KO 15:00

Referee: Andrew Small
Half Time score: 20-5

Bath:
Tries: Louw (10), Rokoduguni (31), Burgess (44), Banahan (59), Devoto (64)
Conversions: Ford (11, 32, 45, 65)
Penalties: Ford (28, 37)
Wasps:
Tries: Leiua (25), Hughes (52), Jacobs (72), Lozowski (74)
Conversions: Goode (52), Lozowski (72, 74)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Wasps.

2'

Substitution

Ashley Johnson replaces Sam Jones for Wasps.

7'

Substitution

Sam Jones replaces Ashley Johnson for Wasps.

11'

Substitution

Ashley Johnson replaces Sam Jones for Wasps.

11'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 0 Wasps

Francois Louw scores for Bath.

12'

Substitution

Ollie Devoto replaces Anthony Watson for Bath.

12'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 0 Wasps

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

20'

Substitution

Anthony Watson replaces Ollie Devoto for Bath.

26'

Try for Wasps! Bath 7 - 5 Wasps

Alapati Leiua scores for Wasps.

29'

Penalty Goal! Bath 10 - 5 Wasps

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

32'

Try for Bath! Bath 15 - 5 Wasps

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

33'

Conversion! Bath 17 - 5 Wasps

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

34'

Substitution

Olly Woodburn replaces Semesa Rokoduguni for Bath.

38'

Penalty Goal! Bath 20 - 5 Wasps

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

40'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 20 - 5 Wasps.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

45'

Try for Bath! Bath 25 - 5 Wasps

Sam Burgess scores for Bath.

46'

Conversion! Bath 27 - 5 Wasps

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

47'

Substitution

Elliot Daly replaces Christian Wade for Wasps.

48'

Substitution

Ollie Devoto replaces Anthony Watson for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Ed Shervington replaces Carlo Festuccia for Wasps.

52'

Substitution

Carl Fearns replaces Francois Louw for Bath.

53'

Try for Wasps! Bath 27 - 10 Wasps

Nathan Hughes scores for Wasps.

53'

Conversion! Bath 27 - 12 Wasps

Andy Goode with a conversion for Wasps.

54'

Substitution

Rob Webber replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

54'

Substitution

David Wilson replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Paul James replaces Nick Auterac for Bath.

59'

Substitution

Dominic Day replaces Stuart Hooper for Bath.

60'

Try for Bath! Bath 32 - 12 Wasps

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

60'

Substitution

Simon McIntyre replaces Matt Mullan for Wasps.

60'

Substitution

Phil Swainston replaces Lorenzo Cittadini for Wasps.

60'

Substitution

James Gaskell replaces Kearnan Myall for Wasps.

63'

Substitution

Alex Lozowski replaces Andy Goode for Wasps.

63'

Substitution

Charlie Davies replaces Joe Simpson for Wasps.

65'

Try for Bath! Bath 37 - 12 Wasps

Ollie Devoto scores for Bath.

66'

Conversion! Bath 39 - 12 Wasps

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Peter Stringer replaces Ollie Devoto for Bath.

73'

Try for Wasps! Bath 39 - 17 Wasps

Ben Jacobs scores for Wasps.

73'

Conversion! Bath 39 - 19 Wasps

Alex Lozowski with a conversion for Wasps.

75'

Try for Wasps! Bath 39 - 24 Wasps

Alex Lozowski scores for Wasps.

75'

Conversion! Bath 39 - 26 Wasps

Alex Lozowski with a conversion for Wasps.

80'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 39 - 26 Wasps.