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Bath Rugby unable to repeat Coventry heroics against Wasps

Bath Rugby 10 v Wasps 36

Bath Rugby were unable to emulate their heroics of last weekend in the return Champions Cup fixture against Wasps at the Rec this afternoon, losing 10-36. 

As the ten-minute mark of the match approached, Bath had opened up the Wasps backline with a clever line of attack, following which a wonderfully-judged flat pass from Kyle Eastmond put Semesa Rokoduguni in for the first try of the match. Ford converted from the right touchline. 7-0.  

Wasps responded with a three-pointer from fly-half Jimmy Gopperth shortly after, as Bath were penalised inside their 22. 7-3.

Minutes later, a misread pass from Bath out on the right wing hit the deck, then found its way to Wasps centre Elliot Daly, who sped away to score. Fly-hal Gopperth converted. 7-10. 

Bath didn't help themselves when they were then penalised in line with their posts, making life easy for the prolific boot of Gopperth to extend his side's lead to six points. 7-13.

In fact, the first half was written by Gopperth from thereon in, with the New Zealander adding a further penalty and then converting his own try after number eight Nathan Hughes had been held up on the Bath line to secure Wasps' put-in at the scrum. 

Half time: Bath Rugby 7-23 Wasps

Bath were under the cosh again for most of the third quarter. It was only some remarkable defending and guts from them that stopped a sure-fire try from the outset, with Bath repelling wave after wave of Wasps attackers on their try line and then winning a penalty. 

The home pack did come alive near the hour, excelling at successive scrums to earn the team a penalty in front of the Wasps posts. Ford struck it well, and with it came the first points of the second half for either side. 10-23.

Such promises of a comeback were invariably negated by Gopperth, who in the second half made the first of his punishing kicks in the 64th minute after Bath were pinged at the ruck. 10-26.

Daly then added a drop goal to his afternoon's tally, taking Wasps' lead to 10-29 with ten minutes left. To add insult to injury, Semesa Rokoduguni - one of Bath's best performers on the day - was then yellow-carded in his 22. 

At this point, Wasps chose to go for the lineout, with the all-important try bonus point in mind, only to provide one moment of comic relief. The visitors lost their own lineout, the ball falling into the hands of a surprised Henry Thomas, the tighthead then performing an admirable box-kick. 

Six minutes from time, Wasps made light work of the Bath defence, running in for a final try through replacement back Alapati Leiua, with that man again, Jimmy Gopperth, converting to end a long day at the office for Bath.

Full time: Bath Rugby 10-36 Wasps

Match details

Recreation Ground
European Rugby Champions Cup
19 December 2015
KO 15:15

Attendance: 12,961
Referee: Romain Poite
Half Time score: 7-23

Bath:
Tries: Rokoduguni (9)
Conversions: Ford (10)
Penalties: Ford (57)
Wasps:
Tries: Daly (14), Gopperth (40), Leiua (73)
Conversions: Gopperth (15, 41, 74)
Penalties: Gopperth (13, 19, 25, 64)
Drop goals: Daly (69)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Wasps.

10'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 0 Wasps

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

11'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 0 Wasps

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

14'

Penalty Goal! Bath 7 - 3 Wasps

Jimmy Gopperth kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

15'

Try for Wasps! Bath 7 - 8 Wasps

Elliot Daly scores for Wasps.

16'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 10 Wasps

Jimmy Gopperth with a conversion for Wasps.

20'

Penalty Goal! Bath 7 - 13 Wasps

Jimmy Gopperth kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

20'

Substitution

Guy Mercer replaces Francois Louw for Bath.

26'

Penalty Goal! Bath 7 - 16 Wasps

Jimmy Gopperth kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

41'

Try for Wasps! Bath 7 - 21 Wasps

Jimmy Gopperth scores for Wasps.

42'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 23 Wasps

Jimmy Gopperth with a conversion for Wasps.

43'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 7 - 23 Wasps.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Rhys Priestland replaces Kyle Eastmond for Bath.

46'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces David Wilson for Bath.

46'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Nick Auterac for Bath.

48'

Substitution

Rob Webber replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

51'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Nikola Matawalu for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Ed Shervington replaces Ashley Johnson for Wasps.

58'

Penalty Goal! Bath 10 - 23 Wasps

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Simon McIntyre replaces Matt Mullan for Wasps.

62'

Substitution

James Gaskell replaces Bradley Davies for Wasps.

62'

Substitution

Alapati Leiua replaces Ben Jacobs for Wasps.

65'

Penalty Goal! Bath 10 - 26 Wasps

Jimmy Gopperth kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

66'

Substitution

Sam Jones replaces Nathan Hughes for Wasps.

66'

Substitution

Phil Swainston replaces Lorenzo Cittadini for Wasps.

69'

Substitution

Tom Homer replaces Matt Banahan for Bath.

70'

Drop Goal! Bath 10 - 29 Wasps

Elliot Daly scores for Wasps.

71'

Substitution

Charlie Ewels replaces David Denton for Bath.

72'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Semesa Rokoduguni for ten minutes.

74'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

74'

Try for Wasps! Bath 10 - 34 Wasps

Alapati Leiua scores for Wasps.

75'

Conversion! Bath 10 - 36 Wasps

Jimmy Gopperth with a conversion for Wasps.

76'

Substitution

Ruaridh Jackson replaces Elliot Daly for Wasps.

76'

Substitution

Dan Robson replaces Charles Piutau for Wasps.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Wasps.

Final score: Bath 10 - 36 Wasps.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford01105
Semesa Rokoduguni10005
Wasps Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Jimmy Gopperth134023
Elliot Daly10018
Alapati Leiua10005
Bath v Wasps
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PNick
Auterac
1Matt
Mullan
P    
    HRoss
Batty
2Ashley
Johnson
H    
    PDavid
Wilson
3Lorenzo
Cittadini
P    
    LMatt
Garvey
4Joe
Launchbury
L    
    LDave
Attwood
5Bradley
Davies
L    
    FLLeroy
Houston
6James
Haskell
FL    
    FLFrancois
Louw
7George
Smith
FL    
    8David
Denton
8Nathan
Hughes
8    
    SHNikola
Matawalu
9Joe
Simpson
SH    
1 1 FHGeorge
Ford
10Jimmy
Gopperth
FH13 4
    WMatt
Banahan
11Charles
Piutau
W    
    CKyle
Eastmond
12Ben
Jacobs
C    
    CJonathan
Joseph
13Elliot
Daly
C1 1 
   1WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Frank
Halai
W    
    FBAnthony
Watson
15Rob
Miller
FB    
Replacements
    RHRob
Webber
16Ed
Shervington
RH    
    RPMax
Lahiff
17Simon
McIntyre
RP    
    RPHenry
Thomas
18Phil
Swainston
RP    
    R8Charlie
Ewels
19James
Gaskell
RL    
    RFLGuy
Mercer
20Sam
Jones
R8    
    RSHChris
Cook
21Dan
Robson
RW    
    RCRhys
Priestland
22Ruaridh
Jackson
RC    
    RWTom
Homer
23Alapati
Leiua
RC1