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Bath Rugby rescue try bonus point from Sandy Park encounter

Exeter Chiefs 42 v Bath Rugby 29

Bath Rugby rescued a try bonus point in the final ten minutes of their Aviva Premiership encounter with a ruthless Exeter Chiefs, who ran out 42-29 winners.

Exeter stunned their opponents in the first-half, piling on the pressure in close quarters with wave after wave of attack. Three of their first-half tries came from close range, Luke Cowan-Dickie grounding the ball for the first. Gareth Steenson added the conversion. 7-0.

James Short scored the second on 15 minutes, as the home side attacked from their own half. Short combined well with his fellow wing, Olly Woodburn, down the left touchline to score in the corner. Steenson converted. 14-0.

A series of penalties in Bath’s favour allowed the visitors to make their way downfield, with Freddie Burns getting three points on the board frim just outside the 22, but the home side were in a dominant mood, and first Mitch Lees then Don Armand drove their way over the white wash.

Half-time: Exeter Chiefs 28 – Bath Rugby 3.

Thomas Waldrom added to the Chiefs’ tally on 53 minutes, but Bath finally began to find chinks in the Exeter defence. Pressure from Jonathan Joseph forced Woodburn to knock-on, and the British and Irish Lion hacked on, gathered and raced away to score the breakaway try. The centre converted his own try.

Steenson collected a quick pass from Short to score his own seven-pointer moments later, but Bath were finding their rhythm as the final 10 minutes approached.

Anthony Watson was on the end of a sweeping move through the hands that started with a quick tap penalty from Priestland to attack the broken field. The replacement fly-half chipped ahead, Ben Tapuai gathered and gained vital metres before Aled Brew and replacement Chris Cook both kept the move alive, allowing Watson to go over in the corner. Priestland converted. 42-17.

Brew scored minutes later, with Joseph instrumental in the build-up. The centre first fed replacement Matt Banahan, who went on a surging run down the right wing, before the ball was moved quickly back infield. Joseph was again the link man, passing out to Brew, who did just enough to slide the ball over the line before he was forced into touch. 42-22.

The three Bath scores set-up a frantic final few minutes. With just twenty seconds left on the clock, the visitors were awarded a scrum – which had been solid for most of the game – 30 metres out. The pack stayed steady, and clean ball found its way to Banahan, who scythed through the midfield to score the bonus point try. Priestland added the conversion as the final whistle blew.

Final score: Exeter Chiefs 42 – Bath Rugby 29.

Match details

Sandy Park
Aviva Premiership
2 December 2017
KO 14:00

Attendance: 12,384
Referee: JP Doyle
Half Time score: 28-3

Exeter:
Tries: Cowan-Dickie (7), Short (15), Lees (28), Armand (34), Waldrom (52), Steenson (67)
Conversions: Steenson (7, 16, 29, 35, 53, 68)
Bath:
Tries: Joseph (65), Watson (72), Brew (75), Banahan (79)
Conversions: Joseph (66), Priestland (73, 81)
Penalties: Burns (27)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Exeter and Bath.

8'

Conversion! Exeter 2 - 0 Bath

Gareth Steenson with a conversion for Exeter.

8'

Try for Exeter! Exeter 7 - 0 Bath

Luke Cowan-Dickie scores for Exeter.

16'

Try for Exeter! Exeter 12 - 0 Bath

James Short scores for Exeter.

17'

Conversion! Exeter 14 - 0 Bath

Gareth Steenson with a conversion for Exeter.

28'

Penalty Goal! Exeter 14 - 3 Bath

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

29'

Try for Exeter! Exeter 19 - 3 Bath

Mitch Lees scores for Exeter.

30'

Conversion! Exeter 21 - 3 Bath

Gareth Steenson with a conversion for Exeter.

34'

Substitution

James Phillips replaces Charlie Ewels for Bath.

35'

Try for Exeter! Exeter 26 - 3 Bath

Don Armand scores for Exeter.

36'

Conversion! Exeter 28 - 3 Bath

Gareth Steenson with a conversion for Exeter.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Exeter 28 - 3 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

49'

Substitution

Jack Yeandle replaces Luke Cowan-Dickie for Exeter.

50'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Kahn Fotuali'i for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Anthony Perenise for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Beno Obano for Bath.

53'

Try for Exeter! Exeter 33 - 3 Bath

Thomas Waldrom scores for Exeter.

54'

Conversion! Exeter 35 - 3 Bath

Gareth Steenson with a conversion for Exeter.

55'

Substitution

Michael Van Vuuren replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Matt Banahan replaces Semesa Rokoduguni for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Jack Nowell replaces Sam Hill for Exeter.

55'

Substitution

Ben Moon replaces Alec Hepburn for Exeter.

56'

Substitution

Sam Simmonds replaces Thomas Waldrom for Exeter.

59'

Substitution

Greg Holmes replaces Harry Williams for Exeter.

63'

Substitution

Elliott Stooke replaces Luke Charteris for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Rhys Priestland replaces Freddie Burns for Bath.

64'

Substitution

Jonny Hill replaces Don Armand for Exeter.

66'

Try for Bath! Exeter 35 - 8 Bath

Jonathan Joseph scores for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Will Chudley replaces Nic White for Exeter.

67'

Conversion! Exeter 35 - 10 Bath

Jonathan Joseph with a conversion for Bath.

68'

Try for Exeter! Exeter 40 - 10 Bath

Gareth Steenson scores for Exeter.

69'

Conversion! Exeter 42 - 10 Bath

Gareth Steenson with a conversion for Exeter.

73'

Try for Bath! Exeter 42 - 15 Bath

Anthony Watson scores for Bath.

73'

Substitution

Joe Simmonds replaces Gareth Steenson for Exeter.

74'

Conversion! Exeter 42 - 17 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

76'

Try for Bath! Exeter 42 - 22 Bath

Aled Brew scores for Bath.

80'

Try for Bath! Exeter 42 - 27 Bath

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

82'

Conversion! Exeter 42 - 29 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

82'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Exeter.

Final score: Exeter 42 - 29 Bath.

Exeter Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Gareth Steenson160017
Luke Cowan-Dickie10005
Mitch Lees10005
Don Armand10005
Thomas Waldrom10005
James Short10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Jonathan Joseph11007
Aled Brew10005
Anthony Watson10005
Matt Banahan10005
Rhys Priestland02004
Freddie Burns00103
Exeter v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PAlec
Hepburn
1Beno
Obano
P    
   1HLuke
Cowan-Dickie
2Tom
Dunn
H    
    PHarry
Williams
3Anthony
Perenise
P    
   1LMitch
Lees
4Charlie
Ewels
L    
    LSam
Skinner
5Luke
Charteris
L    
   1FLDon
Armand
6Matt
Garvey
FL    
    FLMatt
Kvesic
7Francois
Louw
FL    
   18Thomas
Waldrom
8Paul
Grant
8    
    SHNic
White
9Kahn
Fotuali'i
SH    
  61FHGareth
Steenson
10Freddie
Burns
FH   1
    WOlly
Woodburn
11Aled
Brew
W1   
    CSam
Hill
12Ben
Tapuai
C    
    CIan
Whitten
13Jonathan
Joseph
C11  
   1WJames
Short
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W    
    FBPhil
Dollman
15Anthony
Watson
FB1   
Replacements
    RHJack
Yeandle
16Michael
Van Vuuren
RH    
    RPBen
Moon
17Nick
Auterac
RP    
    RPGreg
Holmes
18Max
Lahiff
RP    
    RFLJonny
Hill
19Elliott
Stooke
RL    
    R8Sam
Simmonds
20James
Phillips
RL    
    RSHWill
Chudley
21Chris
Cook
RSH    
    RFHJoe
Simmonds
22Rhys
Priestland
RFH 2  
    RCJack
Nowell
23Matt
Banahan
RW1