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Bath Rugby secure home Semi-Final with victory over Ospreys

Ospreys 19 v Bath Rugby 32

Bath Rugby secured a home Semi-Final in the Anglo-Welsh Cup courtesy of a hard-fought 19-32 win over Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium.

Ospreys were first of the mark with the opening try coming after 11 minutes. With penalty advantage looming, Luke Price opted for the kick to the corner. The fly-half’s kick found the grateful arms of winger Dewi Cross, who crossed the try line to score. Price added the extras to give the home side an early lead. 7-0

Bath hit back with two quick-fire penalties from Josh Lewis, to close the gap to one point with 20 minutes on the clock. 7-6

Two minutes later, the Welsh side went over the whitewash for the second time. The hosts used the catch and drive to good effect, and Sam Cross went over to give his side a six-point lead. 12-6

With the game heading into the final 10 minutes of the half, Bath went over for their first try of the evening. Max Green showed his quick thinking with a tap and go from a penalty inside the Ospreys 22. The forwards then took over, driving Bath to within a few metres of the line. With the try line in sight, Levi Douglas powered his way over, and Lewis ensured his side would go into the half-time break with a narrow lead. 

Half-time – Ospreys 12-13 Bath Rugby

Bath were quick out of the blocks in the second-half, which resulted in a second try of the game for the Blue, Black and White. A superb break from Josh Bayliss sent Bath steamrolling into the Ospreys 22, before Lewis found Matt Banahan with a superb inside pass to score. 12-18

With 18 minutes to play, Ospreys found their way back in the game through James Hook. Sustained pressure from the home side paid off, as the experienced centre managed to ground the ball in the corner, despite the best efforts of the Bath defence. 19-18

Ospreys weren't in the lead for long, as Bath showed their fighting spirit to get themselves back in front. The move started with a clever kick through from Banahan deep into the Ospreys 22, which was well chased down by Darren Atkins. The fullback managed to bundle his opposite man over the try line, which resulted in a five metre scrum. That set the tone, as Bath forced Ospreys into four consecutive penalties, which led to a penalty try. 19-25

It was a similar story moments later as Bath continued to attack the Ospreys set-piece. A second penalty try was quick to follow and the Blue, Black and White put a bit of daylight on the scoreboard. 19-32

Bath played out the closing stages to secure a home Semi-Final at the Rec to be played on the weekend of 9th-11th March.

Full-time – Ospreys 19-32 Bath Rugby 

Aviva Premiership Rugby returns to the Rec next Friday, as Bath Rugby host Northampton Saints. Tickets are still available for the fixture by clicking here

Image courtesy of Huw Evans / Ospreys Rugby 

 

Match details

Liberty Stadium
Anglo-Welsh Cup
2 February 2018
KO 19:30

Referee: Steve Lee
Half Time score: 12-13

Ospreys:
Tries: Cross (12, 22), Hook (61)
Conversions: Price (13, 62)
Bath:
Tries: Douglas (32), Banahan (44)
Conversions: Lewis (32)
Penalties: Lewis (16, 19)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Ospreys and Bath.

13'

Substitution

Kieran Martin replaces James Ratti for Ospreys.

13'

Try for Ospreys! Ospreys 5 - 0 Bath

Dewi Cross scores for Ospreys.

14'

Conversion! Ospreys 7 - 0 Bath

Luke Price with a conversion for Ospreys.

17'

Penalty Goal! Ospreys 7 - 3 Bath

Josh Lewis kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

20'

Penalty Goal! Ospreys 7 - 6 Bath

Josh Lewis kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

23'

Try for Ospreys! Ospreys 12 - 6 Bath

Sam Cross scores for Ospreys.

33'

Try for Bath! Ospreys 12 - 11 Bath

Levi Douglas scores for Bath.

33'

Conversion! Ospreys 12 - 13 Bath

Josh Lewis with a conversion for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Ospreys 12 - 13 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

45'

Try for Bath! Ospreys 12 - 18 Bath

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

46'

Substitution

Nathan Charles replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

51'

Substitution

Sam Nixon replaces Shaun Knight for Bath.

52'

Substitution

Alex Jeffries replaces Ma'afu Fia for Ospreys.

57'

Substitution

James Wilson replaces Jeff Williams for Bath.

62'

Try for Ospreys! Ospreys 17 - 18 Bath

James Hook scores for Ospreys.

63'

Conversion! Ospreys 19 - 18 Bath

Luke Price with a conversion for Ospreys.

65'

Substitution

Ifan Phillips replaces Scott Otten for Ospreys.

65'

Substitution

Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler replaces James Hook for Ospreys.

70'

Try for Bath! Ospreys 19 - 23 Bath

scores for Bath.

71'

Substitution

Matt Garvey replaces Levi Douglas for Bath.

71'

Substitution

Joe Gatt replaces Jay Baker for Ospreys.

71'

Substitution

Josh Cole replaces Guy Mercer for Ospreys.

76'

Try for Bath! Ospreys 19 - 28 Bath

scores for Bath.

78'

Substitution

Will Vaughan replaces Nick Auterac for Bath.

78'

Substitution

Will Britton replaces James Phillips for Bath.

78'

Substitution

Darren Allinson replaces Max Green for Bath.

78'

Substitution

Matthew Aubrey replaces Reuben Morgan-Williams for Ospreys.

79'

Substitution

Ma'afu Fia replaces Rhodri Jones for Ospreys.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Ospreys 19 - 28 Bath.

Ospreys Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Sam Cross10005
James Hook10005
Dewi Cross10005
Luke Price02004
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Josh Lewis01208
Levi Douglas10005
Matt Banahan10005
Ospreys v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PRhodri
Jones
1Nick
Auterac
P    
    HScott
Otten
2Ross
Batty
H    
    PMa'afu
Fia
3Shaun
Knight
P    
    LJames
Ratti
4Levi
Douglas
L1   
    LLloyd
Ashley
5Charlie
Ewels
L    
    FLGuy
Mercer
6Miles
Reid
FL    
    FLWill
Jones
7Josh
Bayliss
FL    
   18Sam
Cross
8James
Phillips
8    
    SHReuben
Morgan-Williams
9Max
Green
SH    
  2 FHLuke
Price
10Josh
Lewis
FH 1 2
    WJay
Baker
11Jack
Wilson
W    
   1CJames
Hook
12Matt
Banahan
C1   
    CKieron
Fonotia
13Will
Hurrell
C    
   1WDewi
Cross
14Jeff
Williams
W    
    FBDafydd
Howells
15Darren
Atkins
FB    
Replacements
    RHIfan
Phillips
16Nathan
Charles
RH    
    RGareth
Thomas
17Will
Vaughan
RP    
    RPAlex
Jeffries
18Sam
Nixon
RP    
    RLKieran
Martin
19Will
Britton
R8    
    RFLJosh
Cole
20Matt
Garvey
RL    
    RSHMatthew
Aubrey
21Darren
Allinson
RSH    
    RCTiaan
Thomas-Wheeler
22Freddie
Burns
R    
    RWJoe
Gatt
23James
Wilson
RW