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Bath Rugby end European with seven try victory over Benetton

Benetton Rugby 28 v Bath Rugby 47

Bath Rugby powered to a seven-try, 28-47 bonus point win over Benetton Rugby in the final round of this year’s European Rugby Champions Cup.

Keeping their hands on the ball in the opening exchanges, it was the home side who opened the scoring. Quick ball from the base of the scrum found its way to Luca Sperandio on the wing. He put in a neat chip ahead, and luck was with the Italian. Freddie  Burns was unable to gather cleanly and Sperandio instead found the ball in his arms and sprinted away to score. Tommaso Allan added the conversion. 7-0.

Baath hit back quickly, and kept control of the game throughout the first-half. Two minutes after the home side had opened the scoring, Tom Dunn blasted over the try line to score after a strong driving maul. Burns converted, drawing the two sides level.

Another lineout five metres from the Benetton try line produced another score on the 23rd minute – referee Pascal Gauzere judging the home side to have prevented Bath from scoring illegally. He showed no hesitation in awarding the penalty try and sent scrum-half Edoardo Gori to the sin-bin. 7-14.

With a man advantage, the gaps opened up for the visitors. A chip from Jonathan Joseph saw Aled Brew make ground down the left wing. The ball was fed back inside, with Burns and then Watson firing passes out. The fullback’s landed in the hands of an unmarked Matt Banahan, who just held on to dot down over the line. Burns was again on target with the conversion. 7-21.

The bonus-point came courtesy of Anthony Watson. The fullback started the move from deep with one of his trademark arching, probing runs. Elliott Stooke carried on the attack with a powerful charge, before Brew broke free. He found the England international in support, who had a simple run in over the line. Burns converted. 7-28.

Bath were in possession as the official match clock ticked to forty minutes, and there was just time for one more attack, that led to a classy try. Burns found Joseph in a gap with a sumptuous pass, and the centre turned on the pace to glide through the defence and across the whitewash. The fly-half added the extras.

Half-time score: Benetton Rugby 7 – Bath Rugby 35.

Benetton – who had run both Scarlets and Toulon close in earlier rounds – came out firing in the second-half, and they made the pressure count with two quick tries. Sebastian Negri went over first from close range after a series of carries, before Tommaso Benvenuti scored a breakaway try despite the chase of Ben Tapuai and Watson. Allan converted both tries to take the score to 21-35.

Bath worked hard to maintain their control of the game, and the driving maul – proving to be a dominant weapon – was put to good use again. Zach Mercer splintered from the back of the drive and dived in to the corner. Burns was on target with the tricky touchline conversion. 21-42.

Two minutes from time, Bath’s seventh try of the evening came courtesy of replacement Luke Charteris, who stretched over the line after another authoritative drive from the Bath pack.

Benetton got their own bonus point try with the last play of the game – the Television Match Official confirming that Monty Ioane hadn’t strayed into touch before scoring. Allan converted with the final kick of the game.

The team did all they could by securing the bonus point win to put themselves in contention for the knock-out stages of the Champions Cup, but with Toulon getting a losing bonus point in their game at the Parc y Scarlets, it is the Welsh and French sides who progress to the Quarter-Finals from Pool 5.

Final score: Benetton Rugby 28 – Bath Rugby 47.

Match details

Stadio Comunale di Monigo
European Rugby Champions Cup
20 January 2018
KO 17:30

Referee: Pascal Gauzère
Half Time score: 7-35

Benetton:
Tries: Sperandio (12), Negri (43), Benvenuti (46), Ioane (81)
Conversions: Allan (13, 44, 47, 83)
Bath:
Tries: Dunn (15), Banahan (29), Watson (33), Joseph (41), Mercer (59), Charteris (77)
Conversions: Burns (16, 30, 33, 42, 60)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Benetton and Bath.

13'

Try for Benetton! Benetton 5 - 0 Bath

Luca Sperandio scores for Benetton.

14'

Conversion! Benetton 7 - 0 Bath

Tommaso Allan with a conversion for Benetton.

16'

Try for Bath! Benetton 7 - 5 Bath

Tom Dunn scores for Bath.

17'

Conversion! Benetton 7 - 7 Bath

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

22'

Try for Bath! Benetton 7 - 12 Bath

scores for Bath.

23'

Yellow Card!

Benetton lose Edoardo Gori for ten minutes.

30'

Try for Bath! Benetton 7 - 17 Bath

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

31'

Conversion! Benetton 7 - 19 Bath

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

34'

Try for Bath! Benetton 7 - 24 Bath

Anthony Watson scores for Bath.

34'

Conversion! Benetton 7 - 26 Bath

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

35'

Substitution

Simone Ferrari replaces Marco Riccioni for Benetton.

35'

Substitution

Braam Steyn replaces Robert Barbieri for Benetton.

42'

Try for Bath! Benetton 7 - 31 Bath

Jonathan Joseph scores for Bath.

43'

Conversion! Benetton 7 - 33 Bath

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

43'

HALF TIME

Match score: Benetton 7 - 33 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Alessandro Zanni replaces Irne Herbst for Benetton.

41'

Substitution

Epalahame Faiva replaces Tomas Baravalle for Benetton.

41'

Substitution

Alberto De Marchi replaces Nicola Quaglio for Benetton.

43'

Try for Benetton! Benetton 12 - 33 Bath

Sebastian Negri scores for Benetton.

45'

Conversion! Benetton 14 - 33 Bath

Tommaso Allan with a conversion for Benetton.

47'

Try for Benetton! Benetton 19 - 33 Bath

Tommaso Benvenuti scores for Benetton.

48'

Conversion! Benetton 21 - 33 Bath

Tommaso Allan with a conversion for Benetton.

49'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Lucas Noguera Paz for Bath.

52'

Substitution

Paul Grant replaces Matt Garvey for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Federico Ruzza replaces Dean Budd for Benetton.

60'

Try for Bath! Benetton 21 - 38 Bath

Zach Mercer scores for Bath.

61'

Conversion! Benetton 21 - 40 Bath

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Matt Garvey replaces Paul Grant for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Luke Charteris replaces Elliott Stooke for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Giorgio Bronzini replaces Edoardo Gori for Benetton.

70'

Substitution

Tommaso Iannone replaces Sebastian Negri for Benetton.

70'

Substitution

Paul Grant replaces James Phillips for Bath.

74'

Substitution

Michael Van Vuuren replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

74'

Substitution

Darren Allinson replaces Kahn Fotuali'i for Bath.

74'

Substitution

Sam Nixon replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

74'

Substitution

James Wilson replaces Matt Banahan for Bath.

77'

Substitution

Josh Lewis replaces Freddie Burns for Bath.

78'

Try for Bath! Benetton 21 - 45 Bath

Luke Charteris scores for Bath.

82'

Try for Benetton! Benetton 26 - 45 Bath

Monty Ioane scores for Benetton.

84'

Conversion! Benetton 28 - 45 Bath

Tommaso Allan with a conversion for Benetton.

84'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Benetton 28 - 45 Bath.

Benetton Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Tommaso Allan04008
Sebastian Negri10005
Monty Ioane10005
Tommaso Benvenuti10005
Luca Sperandio10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Freddie Burns050010
Tom Dunn10005
Zach Mercer10005
Jonathan Joseph10005
Matt Banahan10005
Anthony Watson10005
Luke Charteris10005
Benetton v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PNicola
Quaglio
1Lucas
Noguera Paz
P    
    HTomas
Baravalle
2Tom
Dunn
H1   
    PMarco
Riccioni
3Henry
Thomas
P    
    LIrne
Herbst
4James
Phillips
L    
    LDean
Budd
5Elliott
Stooke
L    
    FLWhetu
Douglas
6Matt
Garvey
FL    
   1FLSebastian
Negri
7Sam
Underhill
FL    
    8Robert
Barbieri
8Zach
Mercer
81   
    SHEdoardo
Gori
9Kahn
Fotuali'i
SH    
  4 FHTommaso
Allan
10Freddie
Burns
FH 5  
   1WMonty
Ioane
11Aled
Brew
W    
    CAlberto
Sgarbi
12Ben
Tapuai
C    
   1CTommaso
Benvenuti
13Jonathan
Joseph
C1   
    CLuca
Morisi
13Jonathan
Joseph
C1   
   1WLuca
Sperandio
14Matt
Banahan
W1   
    FBIan
McKinley
15Anthony
Watson
FB1   
Replacements
    RHEpalahame
Faiva
16Michael
Van Vuuren
RH    
    RPAlberto
De Marchi
17Nick
Auterac
RP    
    RPSimone
Ferrari
18Max
Lahiff
R    
    RLFederico
Ruzza
19Luke
Charteris
RL1   
    RLAlessandro
Zanni
20Paul
Grant
RFL    
    RSHGiorgio
Bronzini
21Darren
Allinson
RSH    
    R8Braam
Steyn
22Josh
Lewis
RFH    
    RFLTommaso
Iannone
23James
Wilson
RW