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Bath Rugby claim hard-fought victory against London Irish

London Irish 18 v Bath Rugby 22

Bath Rugby were made to work right to the final whistle, as they claimed a hard-fought 18-22 victory against a spirited London Irish side at the Madejski Stadium.

It was Irish, who got the scoreboard ticking over, with Tommy Bell kicking the home side into an early lead with just three minutes on the clock. However, Bath hit back just four minutes later with a well-worked try finished off by Matt Banahan. Aled Brew was the architect of the move, as the Welsh winger offloaded to Paul Grant on the touchline, before the centre found his midfield partner to score. 3-7

Burns extended Bath’s lead to seven points six minutes later, before Irish reduced the deficit with their first try of the afternoon. The home side took a quick free-kick in the midfield, before switching play to the left wing, where Joe Cokanasiga put fullback James Marshall through over the whitewash. 8-10

Midway through the half and with Bath dictating play in the Irish 22, Kahn Fotuali’i found Burns in the pocket, and the fly-half showed his composure to slot a drop goal. 8-13

With just 13 minutes until the interval, Burns was back on the scoreboard once again. After Irish were penalised at the scrum on halfway, Burns called for a long range kick at goal. The distance was no problem for Burns, as he continued his recent scoring form in impressive fashion. 8-16

Irish then found themselves within touching distance of their second try, but for the intervention of Fotuali’i, who denied Marshall with the try line in his reach. Alex Lewington made the initial break down the left wing before finding Marshall, who was momentarily halted by captain Matt Garvey. As the Irish fullback regained his feet and made his dive for the line, Fotuali’i came sweeping across to bundle his man into touch.

However, Irish weren’t finished for the half, clawing back a further three points through Bell to put his side within five points.

Half-time score – London Irish 11-16 Bath Rugby

Burns increased Bath’s advantage to eight points seven minutes into the second-half, taking his tally to 14 points for the afternoon. It was quickly 17 points for Burns, as he helped put a bit of daylight on proceedings with another pinpoint penalty with 20 minutes to play. 11-22

Irish continued to show their resilience, as they fought their way back into the game. With penalty advantage looming in the Bath 22, Irish made the pressure count, as Scott Steele found his way through the Bath tacklers to make it a tense final five minutes. 18-22.

Bath spent the remaining few minutes of the match camped on their own line, but the visitors managed to survive the Irish onslaught and close out the game.

Full-time score – London Irish 18-22 Bath Rugby

Match details

Madejski Stadium
Aviva Premiership
19 November 2017
KO 15:00

Referee: Tom Foley
Half Time score: 11-16

Irish:
Tries: Marshall (18), Steele (74)
Conversions: Tonks (75)
Penalties: Bell (2, 40)
Bath:
Tries: Banahan (7)
Conversions: Burns (8)
Penalties: Burns (13, 26, 46, 59)
Drop goals: Burns (23)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Irish and Bath.

3'

Penalty Goal! Irish 3 - 0 Bath

Tommy Bell kicks a penalty goal for Irish.

8'

Try for Bath! Irish 3 - 5 Bath

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

9'

Conversion! Irish 3 - 7 Bath

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

14'

Penalty Goal! Irish 3 - 10 Bath

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

16'

Substitution

Darren Atkins replaces Tom Homer for Bath.

19'

Try for Irish! Irish 8 - 10 Bath

James Marshall scores for Irish.

24'

Drop Goal! Irish 8 - 13 Bath

Freddie Burns scores for Bath.

27'

Penalty Goal! Irish 8 - 16 Bath

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

41'

Penalty Goal! Irish 11 - 16 Bath

Tommy Bell kicks a penalty goal for Irish.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Irish 11 - 16 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

47'

Penalty Goal! Irish 11 - 19 Bath

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

47'

Substitution

Scott Steele replaces Ben Meehan for Irish.

55'

Substitution

Oli Hoskins replaces Petrus Du Plessis for Irish.

55'

Substitution

Greig Tonks replaces Tommy Bell for Irish.

55'

Substitution

Mike Coman replaces Conor Gilsenan for Irish.

60'

Penalty Goal! Irish 11 - 22 Bath

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

60'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Anthony Perenise for Bath.

60'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Beno Obano for Bath.

66'

Substitution

Levi Douglas replaces Elliott Stooke for Bath.

66'

Substitution

Josh Bayliss replaces Zach Mercer for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Dave Porecki replaces David Paice for Irish.

68'

Substitution

William Lloyd replaces Sebastian De Chaves for Irish.

70'

Substitution

Harry Elrington replaces Blair Cowan for Irish.

73'

Substitution

Tom Fowlie replaces Alex Lewington for Irish.

73'

Substitution

Darren Allinson replaces Kahn Fotuali'i for Bath.

75'

Try for Irish! Irish 16 - 22 Bath

Scott Steele scores for Irish.

76'

Conversion! Irish 18 - 22 Bath

Greig Tonks with a conversion for Irish.

84'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Irish 18 - 22 Bath.

Irish Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Tommy Bell00206
James Marshall10005
Scott Steele10005
Greig Tonks01002
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Freddie Burns014117
Matt Banahan10005
Irish v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PBen
Franks
1Beno
Obano
P    
    HDavid
Paice
2Tom
Dunn
H    
    PPetrus
Du Plessis
3Anthony
Perenise
P    
    LFranco
van der Merwe
4Luke
Charteris
L    
    LFilo
Paulo
5Elliott
Stooke
L    
    LSebastian
De Chaves
5Elliott
Stooke
L    
    FLMax
Northcote-Green
6Matt
Garvey
FL    
    FLConor
Gilsenan
7Zach
Mercer
FL    
    8Blair
Cowan
8Paul
Grant
8    
    SHBen
Meehan
9Kahn
Fotuali'i
SH    
2   FHTommy
Bell
10Freddie
Burns
FH 114
    WAlex
Lewington
11Aled
Brew
W    
    CLuke
McLean
12Matt
Banahan
C1   
    CFergus
Mulchrone
13James
Wilson
C    
    WJoe
Cokanasiga
14Jack
Wilson
W    
   1FBJames
Marshall
15Tom
Homer
FB    
Replacements
    RHDave
Porecki
16Michael
Van Vuuren
R    
    R8Harry
Elrington
17Nick
Auterac
RP    
    RPOli
Hoskins
18Max
Lahiff
RP    
    RLWilliam
Lloyd
19Levi
Douglas
RL    
    RFLMike
Coman
20Josh
Bayliss
RFL    
   1RSHScott
Steele
21Darren
Allinson
RSH    
  1 RFHGreig
Tonks
22Josh
Lewis
R    
    RWTom
Fowlie
23Darren
Atkins
RFB