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Bath Rugby fall to 25-18 defeat to Exeter at Sandy Park

Exeter Chiefs 25 v Bath Rugby 18

Exeter Chiefs secured victory in the second round of the Premiership Rugby Cup at Sandy Park, despite a late comeback from Bath Rugby.

Bath were first to apply points to the scoresheet. Following a clever break from the Blue, Black and White and some fantastic offloading, play was brought to just 5m out. Alex Davies attempted to dink a kick through to Chiefs defence but it came to nothing. Play came back for the penalty advantage, Davies looked to the sticks and gave Bath an early three point lead. [0-3]

The Chiefs asserted their scrum dominance early on, and it proved pivotal to their first score. The hosts found themselves camped down in the Bath red zone with a scrum advantage. Exeter bided their time and picked up a penalty advantage from the scrum, and they made use of the opportunity. The ball was distributed out to Harvey Skinner who threw a clinical pass wide to James Short who powered over in the corner after 15 minutes. Joe Simmonds failed to add the extras. [5-3]

The home side got over again on the 32 minute mark. Jack Maunder made the initial break, bringing play to just five metres out. Tom Lawday received the ball from the breakdown and did well to draw in the defenders before sending Ollie Devoto through on a neat line to score the hosts second try of the game. Simmonds made no mistake this time with the conversion. [12-3]

Bath responded with 38 minutes on the clock, fly-half Alex Davies put his side into the corner, following a breakdown penalty. Bath's rolling maul set up well and the pack surged forwards. The maul was brought down illegally and the Blue,Black and White went again. The maul remained dominant, this time Ross batty was able to bundle his way over for his third try in two games. [12-8]

HALF TIME | EXETER CHIEFS 12 - 8 BATH RUGBY

Exeter started the second half well, with a scrum 30 metres out. Bath were penalised at the set piece and Simmonds had an opportunity to go for three, the full-back pointed to the sticks and slotted the kick increasing the home sides lead to seven points after 47 minutes. [15-8]

Exeter extended their lead five minutes later. A smart set piece move from the scrum saw the ball sent out to Devoto, who was able to find Tom O’Flaherty outside him on the right wing. The winger crashed over for the Chiefs third try of the game. The wind worked it’s magic with the conversion and Simmonds’ kick somehow sailed through the uprights. [22-8]

Bath needed a response and it came just three minutes later. Jamie Roberts instigated the move, crashing through the Chiefs defence before finding Josh Bayliss in support. Play was brought up to just five metres out. The ball was spread wide by Atkins to Jack Wilson, who touched down in the corner with an exceptional finish narrowing the gap to nine points. [22-13]

Bath struck again, five minutes from time, after a huge amount of pressure from the visitors. The Blue, Black and White made use of an attacking scrum just five metres out. Fotuali’i sent the ball out to Atkins, looping around the full-back before receiving the ball again. Fotuali'i on his 50th appearance sent Wilson clear on the left flank with an incredible pass, the winger ran in to score his second try of the game. Atkins attempted a quick drop goal which sailed wide. [22-18]

The killer blow came from the restart with Exeter regathering the ball and picking up a penalty from directly in front of the sticks. Harvey Skinner landed the three points with just three minutes to go. [25-18]

FULL TIME | EXETER CHIEFS 25-18 BATH RUGBY

Match details

Sandy Park
Premiership Rugby Cup
3 November 2018
KO 13:00

Attendance: 12693
Referee: Dean Richards
Half Time score: 12-8

Exeter:
Tries: Short (15), Devoto (32), O'Flaherty (51)
Conversions: Simmonds (33, 52)
Penalties: Simmonds (46), Skinner (77)
Bath:
Tries: Batty (38), Wilson (55, 74)
Penalties: Davies (4)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Exeter and Bath.

5'

Penalty Goal! Exeter 0 - 3 Bath

Alex Davies kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

16'

Try for Exeter! Exeter 5 - 3 Bath

James Short scores for Exeter.

31'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Lucas Noguera Paz for ten minutes.

33'

Try for Exeter! Exeter 10 - 3 Bath

Ollie Devoto scores for Exeter.

34'

Conversion! Exeter 12 - 3 Bath

Joe Simmonds with a conversion for Exeter.

39'

Try for Bath! Exeter 12 - 8 Bath

Ross Batty scores for Bath.

43'

HALF TIME

Match score: Exeter 12 - 8 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Sam Underhill replaces Matt Garvey for Bath.

47'

Penalty Goal! Exeter 15 - 8 Bath

Joe Simmonds kicks a penalty goal for Exeter.

49'

Substitution

Anthony Perenise replaces Max Lahiff for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Kahn Fotuali'i replaces Max Green for Bath.

52'

Try for Exeter! Exeter 20 - 8 Bath

Tom O'Flaherty scores for Exeter.

53'

Conversion! Exeter 22 - 8 Bath

Joe Simmonds with a conversion for Exeter.

56'

Try for Bath! Exeter 22 - 13 Bath

Jack Wilson scores for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Jack Walker replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Max Clark replaces Jamie Roberts for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Onehunga Havili replaces Sean Lonsdale for Exeter.

61'

Substitution

Will Vaughan replaces Lucas Noguera Paz for Bath.

61'

Substitution

William Keast replaces Moray Low for Exeter.

61'

Substitution

Marcus Street replaces Greg Holmes for Exeter.

61'

Substitution

Elvis Taione replaces Jack Innard for Exeter.

61'

Substitution

Sam Maunder replaces Jack Maunder for Exeter.

61'

Substitution

Alex Cuthbert replaces Tom O'Flaherty for Exeter.

62'

Substitution

Levi Davis replaces Alex Davies for Bath.

72'

Yellow Card!

Exeter lose Wilhelm van der Sluys for ten minutes.

72'

Substitution

Max Bodilly replaces Joe Simmonds for Exeter.

75'

Try for Bath! Exeter 22 - 18 Bath

Jack Wilson scores for Bath.

78'

Penalty Goal! Exeter 25 - 18 Bath

Harvey Skinner kicks a penalty goal for Exeter.

79'

Substitution

Richard Capstick replaces Josh Caulfield for Exeter.

83'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Exeter.

Final score: Exeter 25 - 18 Bath.

Exeter Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Joe Simmonds02107
James Short10005
Ollie Devoto10005
Tom O'Flaherty10005
Harvey Skinner00103
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Jack Wilson200010
Ross Batty10005
Alex Davies00103
Exeter v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PMoray
Low
1Lucas
Noguera Paz
P    
    HJack
Innard
2Ross
Batty
H1   
    PGreg
Holmes
3Max
Lahiff
P    
    LSean
Lonsdale
4Dave
Attwood
L    
    LWilhelm
van der Sluys
5Matt
Garvey
L    
    FLJosh
Caulfield
6Levi
Douglas
FL    
    FLJames
Freeman
7Tom
Ellis
FL    
    8Tom
Lawday
8Josh
Bayliss
8    
    SHJack
Maunder
9Max
Green
SH    
1   FHHarvey
Skinner
10Alex
Davies
FH   1
   1WJames
Short
11Ruaridh
McConnochie
W    
   1COllie
Devoto
12Jamie
Roberts
C    
    CTom
Hendrickson
13Max
Wright
C    
   1WTom
O'Flaherty
14Jack
Wilson
W2   
1 2 FBJoe
Simmonds
15Darren
Atkins
FB    
Replacements
    RHElvis
Taione
16Jack
Walker
RH    
    RPWilliam
Keast
17Will
Vaughan
RP    
    RPMarcus
Street
18Anthony
Perenise
RP    
    RFLRichard
Capstick
19Sam
Underhill
RL    
    RLOnehunga
Havili
20Jack
Davies
R    
    RSHSam
Maunder
21Kahn
Fotuali'i
RSH    
    RFBMax
Bodilly
22Max
Clark
RC    
    RWAlex
Cuthbert
23Levi
Davis
RFH