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Bath Rugby outmanoeuvre Leinster at record Rec

Bath Rugby 19 v Leinster Rugby 16

Bath Rugby gained some vengeance for their quarter-final Champions Cup defeat against Leinster last season, beating the Irish province 19-16 tonight in front of a record crowd at the Rec. 

A frenetic opening ten minutes had only a Johnny Sexton penalty to show for either side's endeavours to run the ball, the fly-half kicking a straight-down-the-line penalty for a 0-3 lead. 

At a re-set Bath scrum minutes later, the home side turned the screw on Leinster's pack and won a penalty that George Ford struck successfully to draw the scores level: 3-3. 

At the end of the first quarter, with no let-up in the Leinster defence forthcoming, scrum-half Chris Cook spun a crisp pass to Ford, who sat in the pocket to snap a drop goal.  

Sexton missed an ambitious long-range penalty to give Bath a slight lead going into half time. 

Half time: Bath Rugby 6-3 Leinster 

The commencement of the second half came with roars of satisfaction from the home crowd as Bath not only won a scrum against the head, but then proceeded to win a penalty at said scrum. Ford made it count with three points. 9-3.

Sexton ensured Leinster were still in the game with over half an hour left, striking a penalty near the home 22. Fewer than ten minutes later, the Ireland international brought things level with a further penalty. 9-9. 

Bath's forwards, consistently excellent throughout the match, seemed to have struck the decisive blow on the hour when their commanding scrum on the Leinster 5m garnered the home side a penalty try, converted by Ford. 16-9.

Leinster played a penalty advantage in the 69th minute and reaped the rewards as flanker Josh van der Flier cruised through to score. Sexton was on hand with the conversion to equalise. 16-16. 

Bath's imposing pack again exerted themselves on the game with minutes left on the clock, allowing Ford a shot at goal from out wide. The unflappable fly-half made light work of the difficult shot to take the lead for Bath. 19-16. 

In the 78th minute, Bath saw replacement back row Alafoti Faosiliva yellow-carded for a reckless tackle. At the resulting lineout, the home crowd was ecstatic as lock Dave Attwood pinched the Leinster ball. From there, Bath were able to hold on and see out a famous victory against the three-time European champions. 

 

Full time: Bath Rugby 19-16 Leinster

Match details

Recreation Ground
European Rugby Champions Cup
21 November 2015
KO 15:15

Attendance: 13,480
Referee: Jerome Garces
Half Time score: 6-3

Bath:
Conversions: Ford (62)
Penalties: Ford (15, 45, 76)
Drop goals: Ford (20)
Leinster:
Tries: van der Flier (69)
Conversions: Sexton (69)
Penalties: Sexton (8, 48, 55)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Leinster.

9'

Penalty Goal! Bath 0 - 3 Leinster

Johnny Sexton kicks a penalty goal for Leinster.

16'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 3 Leinster

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

21'

Drop Goal! Bath 6 - 3 Leinster

George Ford scores for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 6 - 3 Leinster.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

46'

Penalty Goal! Bath 9 - 3 Leinster

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

49'

Penalty Goal! Bath 9 - 6 Leinster

Johnny Sexton kicks a penalty goal for Leinster.

52'

Substitution

Jack McGrath replaces Cian Healy for Leinster.

52'

Substitution

Marty Moore replaces Mike Ross for Leinster.

53'

Substitution

Dominic Ryan replaces Hayden Triggs for Leinster.

54'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Alafoti Fa'osiliva replaces Leroy Houston for Bath.

56'

Penalty Goal! Bath 9 - 9 Leinster

Johnny Sexton kicks a penalty goal for Leinster.

57'

Substitution

Nikola Matawalu replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

62'

Try for Bath! Bath 14 - 9 Leinster

63'

Conversion! Bath 16 - 9 Leinster

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Josh van der Flier replaces Henry Thomas for Leinster.

66'

Substitution

Nathan Catt replaces Nick Auterac for Bath.

68'

Substitution

James Tracy replaces Sean Cronin for Leinster.

68'

Substitution

Luke McGrath replaces Isaac Boss for Leinster.

70'

Try for Leinster! Bath 16 - 14 Leinster

Josh van der Flier scores for Leinster.

70'

Conversion! Bath 16 - 16 Leinster

Johnny Sexton with a conversion for Leinster.

72'

Substitution

Rhys Priestland replaces Ollie Devoto for Bath.

77'

Penalty Goal! Bath 19 - 16 Leinster

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

78'

Substitution

Tom Homer replaces Anthony Watson for Bath.

79'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Alafoti Fa'osiliva for ten minutes.

79'

Substitution

Zane Kirchner replaces Dave Kearney for Leinster.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 19 - 16 Leinster.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford013114
Leinster Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Johnny Sexton013011
Josh van der Flier10005
Bath v Leinster
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PNick
Auterac
1Cian
Healy
P    
    HRob
Webber
2Sean
Cronin
H    
    PHenry
Thomas
3Mike
Ross
P    
    LDominic
Day
4Devin
Toner
L    
    LStuart
Hooper
4Devin
Toner
L    
    LDave
Attwood
5Hayden
Triggs
L    
    FLMatt
Garvey
6Rhys
Ruddock
FL    
    FLFrancois
Louw
7Jordi
Murphy
FL    
    8Leroy
Houston
8Jamie
Heaslip
8    
    SHChris
Cook
9Isaac
Boss
SH    
311 FHGeorge
Ford
10Johnny
Sexton
FH 1 3
    WMatt
Banahan
11Dave
Kearney
W    
    CKyle
Eastmond
12Luke
Fitzgerald
C    
    COllie
Devoto
13Ben
Te'o
C    
    WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Fergus
McFadden
W    
    FBAnthony
Watson
15Isa
Nacewa
FB    
Replacements
    RHRoss
Batty
16James
Tracy
RH    
    RPNathan
Catt
17Jack
McGrath
RP    
    RPMax
Lahiff
18Marty
Moore
RP    
    RCharlie
Ewels
19Dominic
Ryan
RL    
    R8Alafoti
Fa'osiliva
20Josh
van der Flier
RP1   
    RSHNikola
Matawalu
21Luke
McGrath
RSH    
    RCRhys
Priestland
22Ian
Madigan
R    
    RFBTom
Homer
23Zane
Kirchner
RW