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Bath Rugby claim derby rights in front of record crowd

Bath Rugby 16 v Bristol Rugby 9

Bath Rugby secured local bragging rights with a dogged 16-9 Aviva Premiership victory over arch-rivals Bristol Rugby in front of a record crowd at the Recreation Ground.

It was Bristol who dominated the territory in the opening exchanges, but Bath showed strength in defence to withstand the pressure from their South West counterparts. A tactical kicking battle ensued between the respective backs with conditions at the Rec not favouring a fast-flowing game.

A thumping hit from Max Clark proved to be the turning point after 18 minutes, as the momentum shifted to the home side, who opened the scoring with a penalty from the boot of Tom Homer. A minute later, Bristol hit back with a penalty of their own from fly-half Billy Searle to level the scores. 3-3.

Bath took the game by the scruff of the neck with a well-worked try rounded off by Jack Wilson. The move started with a rolling maul on the half-way line, which was followed by a great break from Tom Ellis. The back rower sent the Bristol defence into disarray as he offloaded to Jack Wilson, with the winger having the simple task of crossing under the posts for the first try of the evening. 10-3.

Homer and Searle exchanged penalties to make it 13-6, before the Bristol fly-half slotted a penalty on the half-time whistle to ensure the teams went into the interval closely poised at 13-9.

Half-time score: Bath Rugby 13-9 Bristol Rugby

The second-half re-started in similar fashion to the first, with much of the opening stages spent exchanging possession on the half-way line, until a clever kick from Darren Allinson opened up the game and forced Bristol to concede a penalty, which Homer duly converted. 16-9.

Bath soon came within touching distance of a second try in the corner, but were denied by some resolute defending from Bristol. However, that came at a cost with centre Jason Woodward sent to the sin-bin for not rolling away.

Despite the one man advantage, Bath were unable to make the numerical difference count, as the two teams spent large periods trying to make that telling breakthrough.

It proved to be a nail-biting final few minutes for the home side - Bristol piled on the pressure as they searched for the try that would see them tie the match. As with the entire game it was a huge defensive effort that saw off the onslaught - Max Clark producing a heroic try-saving tackle to secure the derby points for Bath.

Final score: Bath Rugby 16-9 Bristol Rugby

Match details

Recreation Ground
Aviva Premiership
18 November 2016
KO 19:45

Attendance: 14,241
Referee: Ian Tempest
Half Time score: 13-9

Bath:
Tries: Wilson (26)
Conversions: Homer (27)
Penalties: Homer (18, 38, 50)
Bristol:
Penalties: Searle (20, 34, 41)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Bristol.

19'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 0 Bristol

Tom Homer kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

19'

Substitution

Adam Hastings replaces Rhys Priestland for Bath.

21'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 3 Bristol

Billy Searle kicks a penalty goal for Bristol.

27'

Try for Bath! Bath 8 - 3 Bristol

Jack Wilson scores for Bath.

28'

Conversion! Bath 10 - 3 Bristol

Tom Homer with a conversion for Bath.

35'

Penalty Goal! Bath 10 - 6 Bristol

Billy Searle kicks a penalty goal for Bristol.

39'

Penalty Goal! Bath 13 - 6 Bristol

Tom Homer kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

42'

Penalty Goal! Bath 13 - 9 Bristol

Billy Searle kicks a penalty goal for Bristol.

42'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 13 - 9 Bristol.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

49'

Substitution

Gaston Cortes replaces Jamal Ford-Robinson for Bristol.

51'

Penalty Goal! Bath 16 - 9 Bristol

Tom Homer kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Ryan Bevington replaces Kyle Traynor for Bristol.

55'

Substitution

Rob Hawkins replaces Marc Jones for Bristol.

55'

Substitution

Will Cliff replaces Rhodri Williams for Bristol.

56'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Kane Palma-Newport for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Paul Grant replaces Guy Mercer for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Zach Mercer replaces Taulupe Faletau for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Ben Tapuai replaces Darren Atkins for Bath.

64'

Substitution

James Phillips replaces Ian Evans for Bristol.

64'

Yellow Card!

Bristol lose Jason Woodward for ten minutes.

66'

Substitution

Nic Fenton-Wells replaces Olly Robinson for Bristol.

69'

Substitution

Jack Wallace replaces Jordan Williams for Bristol.

69'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Beno Obano replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 16 - 9 Bristol.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Tom Homer013011
Jack Wilson10005
Bristol Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Billy Searle00309
Bath v Bristol
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PNathan
Catt
1Kyle
Traynor
P    
    HRoss
Batty
2Marc
Jones
H    
    PKane
Palma-Newport
3Jamal
Ford-Robinson
P    
    LElliott
Stooke
4Ian
Evans
L    
    LMatt
Garvey
5Mark
Sorenson
L    
    FLTom
Ellis
6Mitch
Eadie
FL    
    FLGuy
Mercer
7Olly
Robinson
FL    
    8Taulupe
Faletau
8Jordan
Crane
8    
    SHDarren
Allinson
9Rhodri
Williams
SH    
    FHRhys
Priestland
10Billy
Searle
FH   3
   1WJack
Wilson
11Jack
Tovey
W    
    CMatt
Banahan
12Will
Hurrell
C    
    CMax
Clark
13Jason
Woodward
C    
    WDarren
Atkins
14Ryan
Edwards
W    
3 1 FBTom
Homer
15Jordan
Williams
FB    
Replacements
    RHTom
Dunn
16Rob
Hawkins
RH    
    RPBeno
Obano
17Ryan
Bevington
RP    
    RPMax
Lahiff
18Gaston
Cortes
RP    
    RFLPaul
Grant
19James
Phillips
RL    
    R8Zach
Mercer
20Jon
Fisher
R    
    RWill
Homer
21Will
Cliff
RSH    
    RFHAdam
Hastings
22Adrian
Jarvis
R    
    RWBen
Tapuai
23Jack
Wallace
RFB