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Bath Rugby fail to edge out Toulouse

Bath Rugby 19 v Toulouse 21

Bath Rugby narrowly failed to claw their way back to victory at the Rec today, going down 19-21 to Toulouse in the Club’s first home European Rugby Champions Cup match.

Toulouse’s scrum had been on the back foot twice in the first four minutes of the match, and the second penalty given to Bath was in kickable distance for George Ford. The fly-half drew first blood in the match with his successful kick. 3-0.

Less than 10 minutes later, a Toulouse penalty on halfway became a free-kick on Bath’s 22 following an accidental offside by a home player. The visitors pounced and made the most of the overlap to run in a simple try through wing Vincent Clerc (adding to his record-holding tally of 35 tries in European competition).

Toulouse fly-half Toby Flood converted Clerc’s try to give the Frenchmen a four-point lead. In the 30th minute, after Bath’s several phases of attack yielded no fruit, Ford slotted a cool drop goal. 6-7.

Jonathan Joseph showed all his class and commitment not long after when Yoann Huget had intercepted a chip through. The French international winger looked to have an easy run-in for the try, but his speed showed no match for the Bath centre, who chased him down brilliantly to save the try.

Joseph’s incredible tackle, and Flood’s missed penalty on the stroke of half time, meant there was only a point in the game when the clock struck 40. 

Half time: Bath Rugby 6 – 7 Toulouse

It was only a matter of minutes into the second half when Bath re-took the lead through a Ford penalty. 9-7.

Toulouse displayed similar alacrity, however, when they punished Bath’s bunched stretched defence and allowed Imanol Harinordoquy to go over for his side’s second try. A good touchline conversion from Flood extended Toulouse’s lead. 9-14.

In this series of tit-for-tat scores, exemplary ball-carrying from Dominic Day and Charlie Ewels (making his starting debut for Bath) set the home side up for a penalty in front of the visitors’ posts; Ford narrowing the score to 12-14.

Toulouse failed to be put off by Bath’s scoreboard chase and shortly after the hour, Bath’s valiant defence eventually gave way to another French try – this one by fullback Medard, which Luke McAlister converted. 12-21.

With fewer than ten minutes to go, some clever passing led to replacement wing Olly Woodburn going over for what seemed to be a legitimate try. The TMO had other ideas, deeming Woodburn’s knee to be in touch before he grounded the ball.

Still, Bath had a penalty advantage and their maul – complementing their bullying scrum on the day – allowed replacement hooker Ross Batty to score. With Ford’s successful conversion, it was back to a two-point deficit for Bath. 19-21. 

Unfortunately, that was how the score remained. Despite Bath progressing back into the Toulouse half with good intent after the restart, the visitors turned them over and kicked to touch to end what had been a compelling and close match.

Full time: Bath Rugby 19 – 21 Toulouse

Match details

Recreation Ground
European Rugby Champions Cup
25 October 2014
KO 15:15

Attendance: 13,600
Referee: Nigel Owens
Half Time score: 6-7

Bath:
Tries: Batty (74)
Conversions: Ford (74)
Penalties: Ford (4, 45, 52)
Drop goals: Ford (30)
Toulouse:
Tries: Clerc (13), Harinordoquy (47), Medard (64)
Conversions: Flood (14, 48), McAlister (65)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Toulouse.

5'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 0 Toulouse

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

14'

Try for Toulouse! Bath 3 - 5 Toulouse

Vincent Clerc scores for Toulouse.

15'

Conversion! Bath 3 - 7 Toulouse

Toby Flood with a conversion for Toulouse.

31'

Drop Goal! Bath 6 - 7 Toulouse

George Ford scores for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 6 - 7 Toulouse.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

43'

Substitution

Timoci Matanavou replaces Yoann Huget for Toulouse.

44'

Substitution

Joe Tekori replaces Patricio Albacete for Toulouse.

46'

Penalty Goal! Bath 9 - 7 Toulouse

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

46'

Substitution

Cyril Baille replaces Gurthro Steenkamp for Toulouse.

46'

Substitution

Edwin Maka replaces Louis Picamoles for Toulouse.

48'

Substitution

Peter Stringer replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

48'

Try for Toulouse! Bath 9 - 12 Toulouse

Imanol Harinordoquy scores for Toulouse.

49'

Conversion! Bath 9 - 14 Toulouse

Toby Flood with a conversion for Toulouse.

53'

Substitution

Guy Mercer replaces David Sisi for Bath.

53'

Penalty Goal! Bath 12 - 14 Toulouse

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

59'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces David Wilson for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Kisi Pulu replaces Census Johnston for Toulouse.

61'

Substitution

David Sisi replaces Guy Mercer for Bath.

65'

Try for Toulouse! Bath 12 - 19 Toulouse

Maxime Medard scores for Toulouse.

66'

Substitution

Gavin Henson replaces Ollie Devoto for Bath.

66'

Conversion! Bath 12 - 21 Toulouse

Luke McAlister with a conversion for Toulouse.

66'

Substitution

Jano Vermaak replaces Toby Flood for Toulouse.

66'

Substitution

Guy Mercer replaces David Sisi for Bath.

71'

Substitution

Olly Woodburn replaces Horacio Agulla for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Paul James for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Yannick Nyanga replaces Thierry Dusautoir for Toulouse.

75'

Try for Bath! Bath 17 - 21 Toulouse

Ross Batty scores for Bath.

75'

Conversion! Bath 19 - 21 Toulouse

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

78'

Substitution

Julien Marchand replaces Corey Flynn for Toulouse.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Toulouse.

Final score: Bath 19 - 21 Toulouse.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford013114
Ross Batty10005
Toulouse Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Imanol Harinordoquy10005
Vincent Clerc10005
Maxime Medard10005
Toby Flood02004
Luke McAlister01002
Bath v Toulouse
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PPaul
James
1Gurthro
Steenkamp
P    
    HRob
Webber
2Corey
Flynn
H    
    PDavid
Wilson
3Census
Johnston
P    
    LStuart
Hooper
4Yoann
Maestri
L    
    LDave
Attwood
5Patricio
Albacete
L    
    FLDominic
Day
6Thierry
Dusautoir
FL    
    FLDavid
Sisi
7Imanol
Harinordoquy
FL1   
    8Charlie
Ewels
8Louis
Picamoles
8    
    SHChris
Cook
9Sebastien
Bezy
SH    
311 FHGeorge
Ford
10Toby
Flood
FH 2  
    WHoracio
Agulla
11Yoann
Huget
W    
    COllie
Devoto
12Luke
McAlister
C 1  
    CJonathan
Joseph
13Florian
Fritz
C    
    WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Vincent
Clerc
W1   
    FBAnthony
Watson
15Maxime
Medard
FB1   
Replacements
   1RHRoss
Batty
16Julien
Marchand
RH    
    RPNick
Auterac
17Kisi
Pulu
RP    
    RPHenry
Thomas
18Cyril
Baille
RP    
    RTom
Ellis
19Joe
Tekori
RL    
    RFLGuy
Mercer
20Edwin
Maka
R8    
    RSHPeter
Stringer
21Timoci
Matanavou
RW    
    RCGavin
Henson
22Jano
Vermaak
RFH    
    RWOlly
Woodburn
23Yannick
Nyanga
RFL