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Bath Rugby fightback held at bay by Wasps

Wasps 29 v Bath Rugby 22

Bath Rugby battled back to secure a losing bonus point at Adams Park this afternoon having fought from 29-0 down to a final score of 29-22 against Wasps.

It was the visitors who enjoyed the more dominant opening stages of the game as they kept Wasps held back in their own 22. Patient build-up saw Anthony Watson go close before Kyle Eastmond scythed through the Wasps midfield unopposed and cantered in under the posts. However the score was ruled out by Referee JP Doyle following consultation with the TMO, and an Andy Goode penalty moments later took the lead for the home side against the run of play.

As the game developed so did Wasps’s control. Bath were working hard to string together phases but the home side kept their defence in check and forced uncharacteristic errors from their visitors. Two more penalties from the boot of Goode extended the lead further in the hosts’ favour before Leroy Houston was shown a yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Joe Simpson. With Bath down to 14 men, and missing a powerful presence in the scrum, it seemed inevitable that the next Wasps penalty would be awarded at the set-piece. Elliot Daly stepped up for the long range attempt and, following in his fly-half’s footsteps, was on target with the kick.

Half-time: Wasps 12 – Bath Rugby 0

Bath’s hopes of getting a foot-hold in the game were given another blow shortly after the second-half commenced as David Wilson followed Houston into the sin bin for a trip on Nathan Hughes. Goode took advantage of the offer of points, taking the lead to 15.

With two men down, Bath were having to work hard to keep in touch with the game. Wave upon wave of Wasps attack tested the defence, before things went from bad to worse for the visitors. Wing Christian Wade raced onto a loose ball, and looked to be within touching distance of dotting down for the try, only for replacement Micky Young to tackle him without the ball. JP Doyle immediately ran under the posts to signal the penalty try, Goode added the conversion, and Young joined Houston and Wilson on the sidelines. 22-0.

Sailosi Tagicakibau then crossed to add insult to injury for Bath, and it looked as if the game was out of the grasps of the West Country side. But then Bath started their fightback.

Jonathan Joseph led the charge, scoring with ease out wide on the left. George Ford’s conversion came back at him off the post, but the points seemed to spur the team on.

The scrum and lineout started functioning strongly, and led to the next two scores. Dave Attwood secured the lineout five metres from the try line and the ball was spread wide. Young spotted a gap and darted through, touching down between the posts. Ford added the extras with the on-target conversion.

Then Houston powered away from the base of the scrum and offloaded to Young who found replacement David Sisi in space. The back-row made no mistake close to the line. Ford converted, taking Bath within 10 points. 29-19.

As the clock ticked down, Bath retained possession, and Wasps had few answers. A strong scrum saw the pack secure another shot at goal for Ford, and the young fly-half didn’t disappoint with the long range kick. 29-22.

Bath fought valiantly to try and find a way to break through the Wasps defence, knowing that one more try would’ve led to the draw and a try bonus point. The home side had other ideas however, and controlled the last two minutes of play to wind the clock down and make sure they held on for the win. Bath had to be content with the losing bonus point.

Final score: Wasps 29 – Bath Rugby 22. 

Match details

Adams Park
Aviva Premiership
12 October 2014
KO 14:00

Attendance: 7397
Referee: JP Doyle
Half Time score: 12-0

Wasps:
Tries: Tagicakibau (49)
Conversions: Goode (47, 50)
Penalties: Goode (6, 21, 35, 43), Daly (40)
Bath:
Tries: Joseph (51), Young (63), Sisi (69)
Conversions: Ford (63, 70)
Penalties: Ford (75)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Wasps and Bath.

7'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 3 - 0 Bath

Andy Goode kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

22'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 6 - 0 Bath

Andy Goode kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

36'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 9 - 0 Bath

Andy Goode kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

38'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Leroy Houston for ten minutes.

41'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 12 - 0 Bath

Elliot Daly kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Wasps 12 - 0 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Micky Young replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

43'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose David Wilson for ten minutes.

44'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 15 - 0 Bath

Andy Goode kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

45'

Substitution

Nathan Catt replaces Paul James for Bath.

47'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces Guy Mercer for Bath.

48'

Try for Wasps! Wasps 20 - 0 Bath

48'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Micky Young for ten minutes.

48'

Conversion! Wasps 22 - 0 Bath

Andy Goode with a conversion for Wasps.

49'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

50'

Try for Wasps! Wasps 27 - 0 Bath

Sailosi Tagicakibau scores for Wasps.

51'

Conversion! Wasps 29 - 0 Bath

Andy Goode with a conversion for Wasps.

52'

Try for Bath! Wasps 29 - 5 Bath

Jonathan Joseph scores for Bath.

52'

Substitution

Dominic Day replaces Stuart Hooper for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Guy Mercer replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces David Wilson for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Jake Cooper-Woolley replaces Lorenzo Cittadini for Wasps.

61'

Substitution

Chris Bell replaces Alapati Leiua for Wasps.

64'

Try for Bath! Wasps 29 - 10 Bath

Micky Young scores for Bath.

64'

Conversion! Wasps 29 - 12 Bath

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

65'

Substitution

David Sisi replaces Guy Mercer for Bath.

66'

Substitution

Sam Jones replaces Bradley Davies for Wasps.

70'

Try for Bath! Wasps 29 - 17 Bath

David Sisi scores for Bath.

71'

Conversion! Wasps 29 - 19 Bath

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Ed Jackson replaces Ashley Johnson for Wasps.

72'

Substitution

Rob Miller replaces Andy Goode for Wasps.

74'

Substitution

John Yapp replaces Matt Mullan for Wasps.

75'

Substitution

Ollie Devoto replaces Alafoti Fa'osiliva for Bath.

76'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 29 - 22 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

77'

Substitution

Tom Lindsay replaces Nathan Hughes for Wasps.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Wasps.

Final score: Wasps 29 - 22 Bath.

Wasps Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Andy Goode024016
Sailosi Tagicakibau10005
Elliot Daly00103
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford02107
Jonathan Joseph10005
David Sisi10005
Micky Young10005
Wasps v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PMatt
Mullan
1Paul
James
P    
    HCarlo
Festuccia
2Rob
Webber
H    
    PLorenzo
Cittadini
3David
Wilson
P    
    LJames
Gaskell
4Stuart
Hooper
L    
    LBradley
Davies
5Dave
Attwood
L    
    FLAshley
Johnson
6Alafoti
Fa'osiliva
FL    
    FLJames
Haskell
7Guy
Mercer
FL    
    8Nathan
Hughes
8Leroy
Houston
8    
    SHJoe
Simpson
9Chris
Cook
SH    
4 2 FHAndy
Goode
10George
Ford
FH 2 1
   1WSailosi
Tagicakibau
11Anthony
Watson
W    
    CAlapati
Leiua
12Kyle
Eastmond
C    
1   CElliot
Daly
13Jonathan
Joseph
C1   
    WChristian
Wade
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W    
    FBAndrea
Masi
15Gavin
Henson
FB    
Replacements
    R8Tom
Lindsay
16Ross
Batty
RH    
    RPJohn
Yapp
17Nathan
Catt
RP    
    RPJake
Cooper-Woolley
18Henry
Thomas
RFL    
    RFLEd
Jackson
19Dominic
Day
RL    
    RLSam
Jones
20David
Sisi
RFL1   
    RCharlie
Davies
21Micky
Young
RSH1   
    RFHRob
Miller
22Ollie
Devoto
RFL    
    RCChris
Bell
23Olly
Woodburn
R