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Bath Rugby take maximum points from the Madejski

London Irish 14 v Bath Rugby 45

Six tries for Bath Rugby at the Madejski Stadium saw them power to a 14-45 bonus point win over London Irish this afternoon.

An action-packed first-half began with Kyle Eastmond scything his way through the London Irish defence. The move was halted illegally, providing Rhys Priestland with the opportunity to start the scoreboard ticking over with an early three points. Shane Geraghty was given the chance to draw the home side level, but his kick drifted wide. 0-3.

The visiting pack established an early dominance as a scrum followed by a lineout, both five metres out, saw Leroy Houston bundled over from short range to score the first try of the game. Priestland, with a little help from the inside of the upright, added the two extra points, giving Bath a 10 point lead.

A yellow card for Alafoti Faosiliva after a high tackle on Irish centre Tom Fowlie in the 18th minute kick-started an incident filled period of the game, that also provided a huge turning point.  It looked as if Bath would be down to 13-men when referee Thomas Foley charged Matt Garvey with bringing down the Irish maul illegally from five metres out. Garvey was shown a yellow card, and Foley awarded the home side a penalty try. However, Foley’s attention was drawn to an incident in the build-up, and footage from the Television Match Official showed Brendan McKibbin making contact with the head of Henry Thomas from the back of the maul. McKibbin was sent off for the remainder of the game, and the try and Garvey’s yellow card were both rescinded.

Priestland had dispatched the resulting penalty to touch and from the lineout Ollie Devoto blasted through a gap to cross the whitewash. Priestland was again on target with the conversion, and Bath were 17 points to the good after 22 minutes.

Irish’s decision to sacrifice a wing for the specialised skill-set of a scrum-half seemed to pay off on the 27th minutes as replacement Scott Steele found his way over the line. Geraghty added the two. 7-17.

Neither side made much headway in the final minutes of the half, although the game was once more reduced to 14 v 14 after Devoto was shown a yellow card after a late barge on opposing fly-half, Geraghty.

Half-time: London Irish 7 – Bath Rugby 17.

Two quick-fire tries from Bath meant the second half started with a bang.

Chris Cook raced along the left touchline from a quickly taken lineout to set-up Faosiliva to cross from five metres out, before Rokoduguni made similar yards on the right wing. The winger had Eastmond on his shoulder in support, setting up an easy touch down for the centre to secure the bonus point. Fullback Tom Homer converted both tries, kicking well on his old ground. 7-31.

Despite being a man down, the home side attacked valiantly, and after a number of phases centre Fergus Mulchrone was driven over from close range. 14-31.

With the Bath lineout continuing to supply good clean ball  Priestland was the next to score, after he picked a beautiful running line to exploit a gap in defence and glide through to the line. Replacement George Ford added the conversion.

Playing from deep, Rokoduguni was once again on hand to set-up the final try of the game, this time for his fellow Fijian, replacement Niko Matawalu. Rokoduguni charged from his own line and chipped ahead. The Irish defender, Aseli Tikoirotuma, slipped trying to gather the ball, and it sat up neatly for Matawalu to pounce on and score. Ford’s conversion came with the final kick of the game, rounding off a comfortable victory for Bath.

Final score: London Irish 14 – Bath Rugby 45.

 

Match details

Madejski Stadium
Aviva Premiership
7 November 2015
KO 15:00

Attendance: 6641
Referee: Tom Foley
Half Time score: 7-17

Irish:
Tries: Steele (26), Halavatau (51)
Conversions: Geraghty (26, 52)
Bath:
Tries: Houston (15), Devoto (22), Fa'osiliva (41), Eastmond (43), Priestland (69), Matawalu (79)
Conversions: Priestland (16, 23), Homer (42, 45), Ford (71, 80)
Penalties: Priestland (6)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Irish and Bath.

7'

Penalty Goal! Irish 0 - 3 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

16'

Try for Bath! Irish 0 - 8 Bath

Leroy Houston scores for Bath.

17'

Conversion! Irish 0 - 10 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

19'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Alafoti Fa'osiliva for ten minutes.

21'

Red Card!

Brendan McKibbin sent off for Irish.

22'

Substitution

Scott Steele replaces Alex Lewington for Irish.

23'

Try for Bath! Irish 0 - 15 Bath

Ollie Devoto scores for Bath.

24'

Conversion! Irish 0 - 17 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

27'

Try for Irish! Irish 5 - 17 Bath

Scott Steele scores for Irish.

27'

Conversion! Irish 7 - 17 Bath

Shane Geraghty with a conversion for Irish.

31'

Substitution

Chris Noakes replaces Scott Steele for Irish.

34'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Ollie Devoto for ten minutes.

39'

Substitution

Tom Court replaces Tom Smallbone for Irish.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Irish 7 - 17 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

42'

Try for Bath! Irish 7 - 22 Bath

Alafoti Fa'osiliva scores for Bath.

43'

Conversion! Irish 7 - 24 Bath

Tom Homer with a conversion for Bath.

44'

Try for Bath! Irish 7 - 29 Bath

Kyle Eastmond scores for Bath.

46'

Conversion! Irish 7 - 31 Bath

Tom Homer with a conversion for Bath.

52'

Try for Irish! Irish 12 - 31 Bath

Leo Halavatau scores for Irish.

53'

Conversion! Irish 14 - 31 Bath

Shane Geraghty with a conversion for Irish.

54'

Substitution

Halani 'Aulika replaces Leo Halavatau for Irish.

54'

Substitution

George Ford replaces Kyle Eastmond for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Nathan Catt replaces Nick Auterac for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Luke Narraway replaces Tom Guest for Irish.

56'

Substitution

Dominic Waldouck replaces Fergus Mulchrone for Irish.

59'

Substitution

Jeff Williams replaces Matt Banahan for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Max Northcote-Green replaces Alafoti Fa'osiliva for Bath.

66'

Substitution

Eoin Sheriff replaces George Skivington for Irish.

66'

Substitution

Gerard Ellis replaces David Sisi for Irish.

69'

Substitution

Nikola Matawalu replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

69'

Substitution

Tom Ellis replaces Stuart Hooper for Bath.

70'

Try for Bath! Irish 14 - 36 Bath

Rhys Priestland scores for Bath.

72'

Conversion! Irish 14 - 38 Bath

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

80'

Try for Bath! Irish 14 - 43 Bath

Nikola Matawalu scores for Bath.

81'

Conversion! Irish 14 - 45 Bath

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Irish 14 - 45 Bath.

Irish Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Leo Halavatau10005
Scott Steele10005
Shane Geraghty02004
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Rhys Priestland121012
Alafoti Fa'osiliva10005
Leroy Houston10005
Kyle Eastmond10005
Ollie Devoto10005
Nikola Matawalu10005
Tom Homer02004
George Ford02004
Irish v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PTom
Smallbone
1Nick
Auterac
P    
    HDavid
Paice
2Rob
Webber
H    
   1PLeo
Halavatau
3Henry
Thomas
P    
    LGeorge
Skivington
4Stuart
Hooper
L    
    LMatt
Symons
5Dominic
Day
L    
    FLTom
Guest
6Matt
Garvey
FL    
    FLDavid
Sisi
7Alafoti
Fa'osiliva
FL1   
    8Rob
McCusker
8Leroy
Houston
81   
    SHBrendan
McKibbin
9Chris
Cook
SH    
  2 FHShane
Geraghty
10Rhys
Priestland
FH12 1
    WAsaeli
Tikoirotuma
11Matt
Banahan
W    
    CFergus
Mulchrone
12Kyle
Eastmond
C1   
    CTom
Fowlie
13Ollie
Devoto
C1   
    WAlex
Lewington
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W    
    FBTopsy
Ojo
15Tom
Homer
FB 2  
Replacements
    RFLGerard
Ellis
16Tom
Dunn
RH    
    RPTom
Court
17Nathan
Catt
RP    
    RPHalani
'Aulika
18Max
Lahiff
RP    
    RLEoin
Sheriff
19Tom
Ellis
RL    
    RFLLuke
Narraway
20Max
Northcote-Green
RFL    
   1RWScott
Steele
21Nikola
Matawalu
RSH1   
    RChris
Noakes
22George
Ford
RC 2  
    RCDominic
Waldouck
23Jeff
Williams
RW