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Bath Rugby run riot at the Rec against Falcons

Bath Rugby 58 v Newcastle Falcons 5

Eight tries to Newcastle Falcons' one and a promising start from several of their debutants saw Bath Rugby continue their strong start to the 2016/17 season, beating the visitors 58-5 at the Rec. 

Falcons spent near enough the first ten minutes of the match inside Bath's half, but a stirring turnover by debutant number eight Zach Mercer inside his own 22 signalled the beginning of Bath's dominance. 

The backs in Blue, Black and White burst into life as a Falcons player knocked on as a result of a painful-looking sandwich tackle by Matt Banahan and Jonathan Joseph. The spilled ball found its way to Semesa Rokoduguni, who not only burst his way out of the grasps of two would-be tacklers, but out of his 22 and up to halfway to give the visitors an early scare.

Shortly thereafter, a Falcons knock-on in the visitors' 22 allowed Bath to turn the screw at the scrum and win a penalty. George Ford claimed the first points of the match from out on the right. 3-0.

Ten minutes later, Ford picked up where he had left off at Franklin's Gardens the previous weekend, slotting a beautiful drop goal to make it 6-0.

Rokoduguni, seeking to add further thrills to his portfolio in the match, went on a scything run from his own 22, almost crossing for a try but for a questionable intervention by another Fijian, fellow wing Vereniki Goneva. Goneva was shown yellow by the referee for illegal handling of the ball and Bath, given a penalty try, breathed slightly easier as Ford added the two points. 13-0.

Incredible interplay between scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i and Matt Banahan down the left wing was the making of Bath's next score, as the Jerseyman sneaked up the left wing to gather the gentlest of kicks over the top from the Samoan and score under the posts. Ford took the score to 20-0 from in front of the posts. 

Next it was Charlie Ewels, this week playing on the blindside - and with four minutes left in the half - who took possession of the ball down the right wing, drawing the last man and feeding Rokoduguni for Bath's fourth and bonus-point try. Ford was this time unable to make the conversion. 25-0.

With 40 minutes on the clock, Bath were looking dynamic in the Falcons 22, and that energy was promptly rewarded as Fotuali'i found Rokoduguni on the wing for his second try. There was an eruption of applause for Ford as he topped off the winger's touchdown with a laser-like accuracy in his touchline conversion.

HALF TIME: Bath Rugby 32-0 Newcastle Falcons

Bath had achieved the try bonus point before half time, but proved in the 46th minute that it wasn't going to stop there as Kane Palma-Newport wrestled his way over from close range to touch down. Ford converted the tighthead's effort. 39-0. 

Little time had passed before Dave Attwood, benefiting from some snappy passing from Fotuali'i and a quick Mercer offload, crashed over for the try. Ford missed the difficult conversion. 44-0. 

Entering the final 20 minutes of the match, Attwood made it a brace of tries as the Falcons defence, penalised in their 22, were caught napping and the England lock tore through the defence with ease. Ford was back on song with his conversion. 51-0. 

To prove it wasn't all one-way traffic, Falcons' replacement back row, Scottish international Ally Hogg, scored an unconverted try in the right corner with four minutes to go. I

t was just as swiftly cancelled out, however, as one of Bath's own replacements, lock Elliott Stooke - on debut and on his birthday - scored with less than a minute left on the clock, with Ford's successful conversion being the final act of a rousing match from Bath Rugby. 

FULL TIME: Bath Rugby 58-5 Newcastle Falcons 

Match details

Recreation Ground
Aviva Premiership
10 September 2016
KO 15:00

Attendance: 12,412
Referee: Ian Tempest
Half Time score: 32-0

Bath:
Tries: Banahan (31), Rokoduguni (35, 40), Palma-Newport (45), Attwood (49, 64), Stooke (79)
Conversions: Ford (29, 31, 37, 46, 66, 80)
Penalties: Ford (13)
Drop goals: Ford (21)
Falcons:
Tries: Hogg (75)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Falcons.

9'

Substitution

Dominic Waldouck replaces Chris Harris for Falcons.

14'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 0 Falcons

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

22'

Drop Goal! Bath 6 - 0 Falcons

George Ford scores for Bath.

30'

Try for Bath! Bath 11 - 0 Falcons

30'

Yellow Card!

Falcons lose Vereniki Goneva for ten minutes.

30'

Conversion! Bath 13 - 0 Falcons

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

32'

Try for Bath! Bath 18 - 0 Falcons

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

32'

Conversion! Bath 20 - 0 Falcons

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

36'

Try for Bath! Bath 25 - 0 Falcons

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

38'

Conversion! Bath 27 - 0 Falcons

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

40'

Try for Bath! Bath 32 - 0 Falcons

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 32 - 0 Falcons.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Elliott Stooke replaces Luke Charteris for Bath.

46'

Try for Bath! Bath 37 - 0 Falcons

Kane Palma-Newport scores for Bath.

47'

Conversion! Bath 39 - 0 Falcons

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

47'

Substitution

Sam Lockwood replaces Alex Rogers for Falcons.

47'

Substitution

Ben Sowrey replaces Scott Lawson for Falcons.

47'

Substitution

Paddy Ryan replaces Jon Welsh for Falcons.

47'

Substitution

Jeff Williams replaces Max Clark for Bath.

49'

Substitution

Joel Hodgson replaces Mike Delany for Falcons.

50'

Try for Bath! Bath 44 - 0 Falcons

Dave Attwood scores for Bath.

53'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

53'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Kahn Fotuali'i for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Kane Palma-Newport for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Beno Obano replaces Nick Auterac for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Rhys Priestland replaces Jonathan Joseph for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Micky Young replaces Sonatane Takulua for Falcons.

57'

Substitution

Ally Hogg replaces Will Welch for Falcons.

62'

Substitution

Levi Douglas replaces Rhys Priestland for Bath.

65'

Try for Bath! Bath 49 - 0 Falcons

Dave Attwood scores for Bath.

67'

Conversion! Bath 51 - 0 Falcons

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Sean Robinson replaces Calum Green for Falcons.

76'

Try for Falcons! Bath 51 - 5 Falcons

Ally Hogg scores for Falcons.

80'

Try for Bath! Bath 56 - 5 Falcons

Elliott Stooke scores for Bath.

80'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 56 - 5 Falcons.

80'

Conversion! Bath 58 - 5 Falcons

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford061118
Dave Attwood200010
Semesa Rokoduguni200010
Kane Palma-Newport10005
Matt Banahan10005
Elliott Stooke10005
Falcons Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Ally Hogg10005
Bath v Falcons
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PNick
Auterac
1Alex
Rogers
P    
    HRoss
Batty
2Scott
Lawson
H    
   1PKane
Palma-Newport
3Jon
Welsh
P    
    LLuke
Charteris
4Calum
Green
L    
   2LDave
Attwood
5Will
Witty
L    
    FLCharlie
Ewels
6Evan
Olmstead
FL    
    FLDavid
Sisi
7Will
Welch
FL    
    8Zach
Mercer
8Mark
Wilson
8    
    SHKahn
Fotuali'i
9Sonatane
Takulua
SH    
116 FHGeorge
Ford
10Mike
Delany
FH    
   1WMatt
Banahan
11Sinoti
Sinoti
W    
    CMax
Clark
12Juan Pablo
Socino
C    
    CJonathan
Joseph
13Chris
Harris
C    
   2WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Vereniki
Goneva
W    
    FBTom
Homer
15Simon
Hammersley
FB    
Replacements
    RHTom
Dunn
16Ben
Sowrey
RH    
    RPBeno
Obano
17Sam
Lockwood
RP    
    RPMax
Lahiff
18Paddy
Ryan
RP    
   1RLElliott
Stooke
19Sean
Robinson
RL    
    RLevi
Douglas
20Ally
Hogg
RFL1   
    RSHChris
Cook
21Micky
Young
RSH    
    RCRhys
Priestland
22Joel
Hodgson
RFH    
    RCJeff
Williams
23Dominic
Waldouck
RC