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Bath Rugby lose out to will of the Wasps

Wasps 16 v Bath Rugby 9

Bath Rugby lost 16-9 to a determined Wasps side in what was the Club's first trip to the Ricoh Arena, but won a losing bonus point thanks to a late rally. 

The first half, dominated as it was by the aerial battle, saw its first score 20 minutes in when Bath went offside inside their own 22. Wasps fly-half Jimmy Gopperth stepped up to give his side the lead: 3-0. 

Ten minutes later, successive penalties to Bath at the breakdown gave George Ford the chance to draw the scores level - which he did  with a penalty kick inside the Wasps 22. 3-3. 

Gopperth cancelled out Ford's effort with six minutes remaining in the first half from a central position. 6-3 was how the score remained going into half time. 

Wasps had gone closest to scoring in the first half, and on more than one occasion, but Bath's patience and defensive resolve was telling at the midway stage. 

Half-time: Wasps 6-3 Bath Rugby

In the 54th minute, after a series of Wasps offensives in the Bath 22, something had to give. Scrum-half Niko Matawalu, on his first start for the Club, was yellow-carded for an obstruction and Wasps were awarded a penalty try. Gopperth's conversion in front of the posts gave them a 10-point lead. 

The Kiwi fly-half added another three points on the hour mark following a Bath indiscretion at a ruck, pulling the game away from the visitors. 16-3.

Ford finally got a chance to strike back with a penalty of his own as the final fifteen minutes approached, after Bath's pack had flexed its considerable muscles at a scrum. 16-6. 

Another Ford penalty soon thereafter to make it 16-9 meant Bath were in with a shot of getting a result against the odds. With minutes left on the clock, they rumbled forward in the home 22, only for a forward pass to hand possession back to Wasps. 

Less than a minute was left on the clock when Wasps, with the put-in at the scrum, won a penalty with a huge shove. Gopperth put the penalty kick into the stand to end the match. 

Final score: Wasps 16-9 Bath Rugby 

Match details

Ricoh Arena
Aviva Premiership
24 October 2015
KO 14:00

Attendance: 10,093
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
Half Time score: 6-3

Wasps:
Conversions: Gopperth (54)
Penalties: Gopperth (20, 34, 59)
Bath:
Penalties: Ford (29, 66, 73)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Wasps and Bath.

21'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 3 - 0 Bath

Jimmy Gopperth kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

30'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 3 - 3 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

34'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 6 - 3 Bath

Jimmy Gopperth kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Wasps 6 - 3 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

47'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Nick Auterac for Bath.

48'

Substitution

Rhys Priestland replaces Kyle Eastmond for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Ashley Johnson replaces Carlo Festuccia for Wasps.

54'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Nikola Matawalu for ten minutes.

54'

Try for Wasps! Wasps 11 - 3 Bath

55'

Conversion! Wasps 13 - 3 Bath

Jimmy Gopperth with a conversion for Wasps.

55'

Substitution

Simon McIntyre replaces Matt Mullan for Wasps.

55'

Substitution

Dan Robson replaces Joe Simpson for Wasps.

55'

Substitution

Rob Webber replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

55'

Substitution

David Wilson replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Guy Mercer replaces Alafoti Fa'osiliva for Bath.

60'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 16 - 3 Bath

Jimmy Gopperth kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

60'

Substitution

Lorenzo Cittadini replaces Jake Cooper-Woolley for Wasps.

60'

Substitution

Kearnan Myall replaces James Gaskell for Wasps.

60'

Substitution

Dominic Day replaces Stuart Hooper for Bath.

60'

Substitution

Matt Banahan replaces Tom Homer for Bath.

64'

Substitution

Sailosi Tagicakibau replaces Ben Jacobs for Wasps.

64'

Substitution

Matt Mullan replaces Simon McIntyre for Wasps.

67'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 16 - 6 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Sam Jones replaces Nathan Hughes for Wasps.

70'

Substitution

Ruaridh Jackson replaces Rob Miller for Wasps.

74'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 16 - 9 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Wasps.

Final score: Wasps 16 - 9 Bath.

Wasps Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Jimmy Gopperth013011
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford00309
Wasps v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PMatt
Mullan
1Nick
Auterac
P    
    HCarlo
Festuccia
2Ross
Batty
H    
    PJake
Cooper-Woolley
3Henry
Thomas
P    
    LJoe
Launchbury
4Stuart
Hooper
L    
    LJames
Gaskell
5Dave
Attwood
L    
    FLJames
Haskell
6Matt
Garvey
FL    
    FLGeorge
Smith
7Alafoti
Fa'osiliva
FL    
    8Nathan
Hughes
8Leroy
Houston
8    
    SHJoe
Simpson
9Nikola
Matawalu
SH    
3 1 FHJimmy
Gopperth
10George
Ford
FH   3
    WFrank
Halai
11Anthony
Watson
W    
    CBen
Jacobs
12Kyle
Eastmond
C    
    CElliot
Daly
13Ollie
Devoto
C    
    WChristian
Wade
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W    
    FBRob
Miller
15Tom
Homer
FB    
Replacements
    RHAshley
Johnson
16Rob
Webber
RH    
    RPSimon
McIntyre
17Max
Lahiff
RP    
    RPLorenzo
Cittadini
18David
Wilson
RP    
    RLKearnan
Myall
19Dominic
Day
RL    
    R8Sam
Jones
20Guy
Mercer
RFL    
    RSHDan
Robson
21Chris
Cook
R    
    RFBRuaridh
Jackson
22Rhys
Priestland
RC    
    RCSailosi
Tagicakibau
23Matt
Banahan
RFB