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Bath Rugby unable to silence Wasps' buzz

Bath Rugby 18 v Wasps 24

Bath Rugby failed to see off the in-form Wasps at the Recreation Ground this afternoon, a late Amanaki Mafi try earning them a losing bonus point in the 18-24 loss. 

The big boot of Elliot Daly was on display for Wasps with a fifth-minute penalty kick from just outside the Bath 10m line opening the scoring. 0-3.

Two missed penalties from Daly and fly-half Ruaridh Jackson followed in the interim, before a patient build-up of phases for Wasps culminated in wing Frank Halai crashing over for a try shy of the half-hour mark. 0-8.

In the minutes that followed, Bath began to string some purposeful phases together, before Wasps were penalised for infringing at the breakdown. Rhys Priestland punished the indiscretion with a penalty. 3-8. 

Numerous re-set scrums on Wasps' 5m line led to the referee awarding Bath a penalty with time up on the clock for the first half. Priestland again struck three points to ensure Bath finished the first act within touching distance of the visitors.

Half-time: Bath Rugby 6-8 Wasps

Halai got his name on the scoresheet once again within the first 10 minutes of the second half. A Daly kick up the left wing saw the ball stay improbably in touch for the winger to dot down in the corner, although Jackson missed the conversion attempt. 6-16. 

Two minutes after the hour, Wasps went over for a third try through a close-range Simon McIntyre effort. Replacement fly-half Jimmy Gopperth failed to add the extras, but 6-21 on the scoreboard didn't make good reading for the home crowd. 

But no sooner had Wasps pulled convincingly ahead than Bath's consistently impressive Matt Banahan had gone wide in Wasps' 22 and put in a well-judged kick through for Tom Homer to touch down over the line. 

Homer converted his own try, yet Wasps only needed to wait a couple of minutes before being allowed another shot at goal, which Gopperth took well. 13-24. 

The clock showed 80 minutes when Bath struck a consolatory note, as Japan number eight Mafi, on his home debut, crossed the line for the final play of the match.

Full time: Bath Rugby 18-24 Wasps 

Match details

Recreation Ground
Aviva Premiership
20 February 2016
KO 15:15

Attendance: 13,322
Referee: Tom Foley
Half Time score: 6-8

Bath:
Tries: Homer (65), Mafi (80)
Conversions: Homer (66)
Penalties: Priestland (33, 42)
Wasps:
Tries: Halai (28, 47), McIntyre (61)
Penalties: Daly (5), Jackson (42), Gopperth (69)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Wasps.

6'

Penalty Goal! Bath 0 - 3 Wasps

Elliot Daly kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

29'

Try for Wasps! Bath 0 - 8 Wasps

Frank Halai scores for Wasps.

34'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 8 Wasps

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

43'

Penalty Goal! Bath 6 - 8 Wasps

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

44'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 6 - 8 Wasps.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Max Clark replaces Ollie Devoto for Bath.

43'

Penalty Goal! Bath 6 - 11 Wasps

Ruaridh Jackson kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

48'

Try for Wasps! Bath 6 - 16 Wasps

Frank Halai scores for Wasps.

49'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

49'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces David Wilson for Bath.

51'

Substitution

Jonathan Evans replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

51'

Substitution

Jimmy Gopperth replaces Ruaridh Jackson for Wasps.

51'

Substitution

Matt Garvey replaces Charlie Ewels for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Carlo Festuccia replaces Ashley Johnson for Wasps.

57'

Substitution

James Cannon replaces Bradley Davies for Wasps.

62'

Try for Wasps! Bath 6 - 21 Wasps

Simon McIntyre scores for Wasps.

63'

Substitution

Lorenzo Cittadini replaces Jake Cooper-Woolley for Wasps.

63'

Substitution

Tom Bristow replaces Simon McIntyre for Wasps.

63'

Substitution

Alex Rieder replaces Nathan Hughes for Wasps.

65'

Yellow Card!

Wasps lose Thomas Young for ten minutes.

66'

Try for Bath! Bath 11 - 21 Wasps

Tom Homer scores for Bath.

67'

Conversion! Bath 13 - 21 Wasps

Tom Homer with a conversion for Bath.

70'

Penalty Goal! Bath 13 - 24 Wasps

Jimmy Gopperth kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

74'

Substitution

Rob Miller replaces Frank Halai for Wasps.

74'

Substitution

Beno Obano replaces Max Lahiff for Bath.

74'

Substitution

Jeff Williams replaces Horacio Agulla for Bath.

77'

Substitution

Guy Mercer replaces Leroy Houston for Bath.

81'

Try for Bath! Bath 18 - 24 Wasps

Amanaki Mafi scores for Bath.

82'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Wasps.

Final score: Bath 18 - 24 Wasps.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Tom Homer11007
Rhys Priestland00206
Amanaki Mafi10005
Wasps Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Frank Halai200010
Simon McIntyre10005
Ruaridh Jackson00103
Elliot Daly00103
Jimmy Gopperth00103
Bath v Wasps
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PMax
Lahiff
1Simon
McIntyre
P1   
    HRob
Webber
2Ashley
Johnson
H    
    PDavid
Wilson
3Jake
Cooper-Woolley
P    
    LCharlie
Ewels
4Bradley
Davies
L    
    LDominic
Day
5Kearnan
Myall
L    
    FLLeroy
Houston
6Thomas
Young
FL    
    FLFrancois
Louw
7George
Smith
FL    
   18Amanaki
Mafi
8Nathan
Hughes
8    
    SHChris
Cook
9Dan
Robson
SH    
2   FHRhys
Priestland
10Ruaridh
Jackson
FH   1
    WHoracio
Agulla
11Frank
Halai
W2   
    COllie
Devoto
12Siale
Piutau
C    
    CMatt
Banahan
13Elliot
Daly
C   1
    WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Christian
Wade
W    
  11FBTom
Homer
15Charles
Piutau
FB    
Replacements
    RHRoss
Batty
16Carlo
Festuccia
RH    
    RPBeno
Obano
17Tom
Bristow
RP    
    RPHenry
Thomas
18Lorenzo
Cittadini
RP    
    RLMatt
Garvey
19James
Cannon
RL    
    RFLGuy
Mercer
20Alex
Rieder
R8    
    RSHJonathan
Evans
21Jamie
Stevenson
R    
    RWJeff
Williams
22Jimmy
Gopperth
RFH   1
    RCMax
Clark
23Rob
Miller
RW