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Bath Rugby secure bonus point win over London Irish

Bath Rugby 25 v London Irish 17

A brace from Matt Banahan and a try a-piece for Semesa Rokoduguni and Leroy Houston secured a 25-17 bonus point win for Bath Rugby over London Irish.

Rhys Priestland and Theo Brophy Clews exchanged penalties in the first 10 minutes to keep honours even on the scoreboard, before Matt Banahan breached the tryline for the first time.

A scintillating break from Kyle Eastmond gave Bath a man overlap as London Irish struggled to get back into the defensive line. Leroy Houston was on hand to take the centre’s offload, finding Banahan outside him, who crossed unopposed in the corner. 8-3.

Brophy Clews brought the visitors back to within two points with another penalty, before Banahan got his second with 24 minutes gone. Replacement Stuart Hooper secured the line-up and a powerful driving maul marched towards the line. It came to a halt, but the ball was quickly recycled into the hands of Priestland, who in turn offloaded to the marauding Banahan out wide. The winger powered over, despite the attentions of Irish’s Blair Cowan. Priestland added the extras, 15-6.

A penalty from Brophy Clews, but earnt by the pack, meant the visitors stayed within touching distance up until the final minutes of the first half.

A searing break through the midfield by Priestland took Bath right into the 22. Banahan was on hand to continue the attack and he had Tom Homer and Semesa Rokoduguni in support. Homer looked as if he may score himself, but he got the ball away in time before he was taken into touch, and the athletic Rokoduguni managed to ground the ball in the corner.  

Half-time score: Bath Rugby 20 – London Irish 9.

The visitors enjoyed some early possession after the break and they seemed determined to close the gap, but the home defence held firm.

On the 62 minute, the try bonus point was secured as Leroy Houston dived over in the corner unopposed. Banahan’s powerful initial break carved a hole in the defence, and after some patient phase play in the 22, Eastmond provided the final pass to the back-rower to get the try.

With the game all but won, it became a little unstructured – both sides looked to attack, but neither made much headway.

Irish nearly secured a losing bonus point in the final minute. First Greig Tonks slotted a penalty, then Alex Lewington scored in the corner, but Tonks’s conversion attempt from the touchline bounced back off the post.

Final score: Bath Rugby 25 – London Irish 17.

Match details

Recreation Ground
Aviva Premiership
5 March 2016
KO 15:15

Attendance: 13,503
Referee: JP Doyle
Half Time score: 20-9

Bath:
Tries: Banahan (11, 23), Rokoduguni (37), Houston (60)
Conversions: Priestland (24)
Penalties: Priestland (7)
Irish:
Tries: Lewington (80)
Penalties: Brophy Clews (10, 20, 28), Tonks (79)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Irish.

8'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 0 Irish

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

11'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 3 Irish

Theo Brophy Clews kicks a penalty goal for Irish.

12'

Try for Bath! Bath 8 - 3 Irish

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

21'

Penalty Goal! Bath 8 - 6 Irish

Theo Brophy Clews kicks a penalty goal for Irish.

22'

Substitution

Blair Cowan replaces Ian Nagle for Irish.

22'

Substitution

Stuart Hooper replaces Dominic Day for Bath.

24'

Try for Bath! Bath 13 - 6 Irish

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

25'

Conversion! Bath 15 - 6 Irish

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

29'

Penalty Goal! Bath 15 - 9 Irish

Theo Brophy Clews kicks a penalty goal for Irish.

38'

Try for Bath! Bath 20 - 9 Irish

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

40'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 20 - 9 Irish.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

40'

Substitution

Fergus Mulchrone replaces Ciaran Hearn for Irish.

50'

Substitution

Greig Tonks replaces Theo Brophy Clews for Irish.

53'

Substitution

Tom Court replaces Tom Smallbone for Irish.

53'

Substitution

Leo Halavatau replaces Halani 'Aulika for Irish.

53'

Substitution

David Wilson replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Jerry Sexton replaces Rob McCusker for Irish.

61'

Try for Bath! Bath 25 - 9 Irish

Leroy Houston scores for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Horacio Agulla replaces Matt Banahan for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Guy Mercer replaces Francois Louw for Bath.

66'

Substitution

Tom Cruse replaces David Paice for Irish.

68'

Substitution

Max Clark replaces Rhys Priestland for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Beno Obano replaces Max Lahiff for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Jonathan Evans replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Darren Allinson replaces Scott Steele for Irish.

80'

Penalty Goal! Bath 25 - 12 Irish

Greig Tonks kicks a penalty goal for Irish.

80'

Try for Irish! Bath 25 - 17 Irish

Alex Lewington scores for Irish.

80'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 25 - 17 Irish.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Matt Banahan200010
Leroy Houston10005
Rhys Priestland01105
Semesa Rokoduguni10005
Irish Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Theo Brophy Clews00309
Alex Lewington10005
Greig Tonks00103
Bath v Irish
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PMax
Lahiff
1Tom
Smallbone
P    
    HRob
Webber
2David
Paice
H    
    PHenry
Thomas
3Halani
'Aulika
P    
    LCharlie
Ewels
4Matt
Symons
L    
    LDominic
Day
5Elliott
Stooke
L    
    FLMatt
Garvey
6Ian
Nagle
FL    
    FLFrancois
Louw
7Luke
Narraway
FL    
    8Amanaki
Mafi
8Rob
McCusker
8    
   18Leroy
Houston
8Rob
McCusker
8    
    SHChris
Cook
9Scott
Steele
SH    
1 1 FHRhys
Priestland
10Theo
Brophy Clews
FH   3
   2WMatt
Banahan
11Topsy
Ojo
W    
    CKyle
Eastmond
12Johnny
Williams
C    
    COllie
Devoto
13Ciaran
Hearn
C    
   1WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Alex
Lewington
W1   
    FBTom
Homer
15Sean
Maitland
FB    
Replacements
    RHTom
Dunn
16Tom
Cruse
RH    
    RPBeno
Obano
17Tom
Court
RP    
    RPDavid
Wilson
18Leo
Halavatau
RP    
    RLStuart
Hooper
19Jerry
Sexton
R8    
    RFLGuy
Mercer
20Blair
Cowan
RFL    
    RSHJonathan
Evans
21Darren
Allinson
RSH    
    RFHMax
Clark
22Greig
Tonks
RFH   1
    RWHoracio
Agulla
23Fergus
Mulchrone
RC