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Bath Rugby continue winning run in the Anglo-Welsh Cup

Bath Rugby 21 v Newcastle Falcons 8

Bath Rugby scored three second-half tries to secure a 21-8 victory over Newcastle Falcons, to maintain their unbeaten record in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

It was a strong start from the visitors as they piled on the pressure in the opening 10 minutes. Despite four quick-fire penalties, the resolute Bath defence ensured the visitors were unable to make the territory count. 

Juan Pablo Socino came within a metre of opening the scoring before he was hauled down short of the line, before Bath applied some force of their own in the oppositions' 22. 

With just over 10 minutes to play in the half, Ally Hogg looked like he had given his side the lead, but the former Scottish international was adjudged to have been held in the tackle before reaching for the line and the score ruled out.

Half-time: Bath Rugby 0-0 Newcastle Falcons.

The game burst into life 10 minutes into the second-half when Paul Grant scored the opening try of the game. Bath attacked the the Falcons' line and the Kiwi number eight found himself under a pile of bodies, burrowing over from close range. Freddie Burns, the leading points scorer in the history of the competition, added the extras to take his overall tally to 211 points. 7-0.

Three minutes later, Joel Hodgson notched a penalty from mid-way inside the Bath half to put his side to within four points on the scoreboard. 7-3

With just over 15 minutes to go, Bath increased their lead with an excellent counter-attacking move. Burns released Darren Atkins on his own 10m line and the young fullback went beyond halfway before sending the impressive Josh Bayliss through the gap. Bath used quick ball from the resulting ruck and Matt Banahan powered his way into the 22, with the winger finding Nathan Charles with a clever offload to release the replacement hooker over to score. Burns was on target with the conversion to take the score to 14-3.

Falcons weren’t giving up without a fight, and their patience was rewarded with a try of their own. Loose ball from a Bath scrum set the Falcons going forward, and Adam Radwan seized the opportunity, sprinting down the right wing and then flinging the ball inside to Craig Willis, who had a simple run-in. 14-8.

With the clock ticking down, and Bath in the ascendancy, Man of the Match Burns showed his experience to put the game beyond doubt. Inside the Falcons 22, the fly-half spotted the space out wide and put a pinpoint kick into the grateful hands of replacement Jack Wilson, who touched down in the corner. Burns converted. 21-8.

The hosts closed out the final few minutes, with big contributions made by replacements Miles Reid and Will Britton, who excelled on their first team debuts for the Club.

Bath travel to Ospreys next Friday looking to secure their place in the final four of the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Final score: Bath Rugby 21-8 Newcastle Falcons

Match details

Recreation Ground
Anglo-Welsh Cup
27 January 2018
KO 15:00

Referee: Mike English
Half Time score: 0-0

Bath:
Tries: Grant (50), Charles (63), Wilson (76)
Conversions: Burns (51, 64, 76)
Falcons:
Tries: Willis (66)
Penalties: Hodgson (54)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Falcons.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 0 - 0 Falcons.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Sam Nixon replaces Shaun Knight for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Jack Wilson replaces Jeff Williams for Bath.

51'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 0 Falcons

Paul Grant scores for Bath.

52'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 0 Falcons

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

55'

Penalty Goal! Bath 7 - 3 Falcons

Joel Hodgson kicks a penalty goal for Falcons.

56'

Substitution

Jack Payne replaces Sam Lockwood for Falcons.

56'

Substitution

Adam Brocklebank replaces Sam Lockwood for Falcons.

56'

Substitution

Ben Sowrey replaces Sam Lockwood for Falcons.

56'

Substitution

Callum Hunter-Hill replaces Andrew Davidson for Falcons.

56'

Substitution

Nathan Charles replaces Michael Van Vuuren for Bath.

59'

Substitution

Miles Reid replaces James Phillips for Bath.

59'

Substitution

Max Green replaces Darren Allinson for Bath.

64'

Try for Bath! Bath 12 - 3 Falcons

Nathan Charles scores for Bath.

65'

Conversion! Bath 14 - 3 Falcons

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Craig Willis replaces Joel Hodgson for Falcons.

66'

Substitution

Callum Chick replaces Simon Uzokwe for Falcons.

67'

Try for Falcons! Bath 14 - 8 Falcons

Craig Willis scores for Falcons.

71'

Substitution

Will Britton replaces Levi Douglas for Bath.

74'

Substitution

Tom Penny replaces Belisario Agulla for Falcons.

77'

Try for Bath! Bath 19 - 8 Falcons

Jack Wilson scores for Bath.

77'

Conversion! Bath 21 - 8 Falcons

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

83'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 21 - 8 Falcons.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Freddie Burns03006
Paul Grant10005
Nathan Charles10005
Jack Wilson10005
Falcons Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Craig Willis10005
Joel Hodgson00103
Bath v Falcons
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PNick
Auterac
1Sam
Lockwood
P    
    HMichael
Van Vuuren
2Santiago
Socino
H    
    PShaun
Knight
3Trevor
Davison
P    
    LLevi
Douglas
4Glen
Young
L    
    LLuke
Charteris
5Andrew
Davidson
L    
    FLJames
Phillips
6Ally
Hogg
FL    
    FLJosh
Bayliss
7Simon
Uzokwe
FL    
   18Paul
Grant
8Ryan
Burrows
8    
    SHDarren
Allinson
9Sam
Stuart
SH    
  3 FHFreddie
Burns
10Joel
Hodgson
FH   1
    WMatt
Banahan
11Adam
Radwan
W    
    CBen
Tapuai
12Juan Pablo
Socino
C    
    CJames
Wilson
13Dominic
Waldouck
C    
    WJeff
Williams
14Belisario
Agulla
W    
    FBDarren
Atkins
15Alex
Tait
FB    
Replacements
   1RHNathan
Charles
16Ben
Sowrey
RP    
    RWill
Vaughan
17Adam
Brocklebank
RP    
    RPSam
Nixon
18Jack
Payne
RP    
    RLWill
Britton
19Callum
Hunter-Hill
RL    
    RFLMiles
Reid
20Callum
Chick
RFL    
    RSHMax
Green
21Ruaridh
Dawson
R    
    RJosh
Lewis
22Tom
Penny
RW    
   1RWJack
Wilson
23Craig
Willis
RFH1