Bath United lose out in opening A League match

31 October 2011

Despite a spirited second half comeback, Bath United came off second best against a well drilled and powerful Exeter United. Final Score Bath United 21 Exeter United 45

After a quiet ten minutes where both sides traded attacks it was the visitors who first put points on the board. A period of sustained attack rewarded Exeter United after a flat ball fed inside centre, Phil Dollman, who burst through the Bath defence and drew the last defender to release the supporting winger, Gonzalo Camacho, who scored just left of the sticks. Fly half Myles Dorrian added the conversion. Exeter were on the front foot soon after and some quick hands enabled the backs to exploit holes in the Bath defence, and after two neat offloads in the tackle, centre Nic Sestaret crashed over for their second try. Dorrian kicked another two points. 0-14

Exeter seemed to be dominating and a searing counter attack from Camacho made significant ground into the Bath 22. The Exeter pack showed their power and after a patient set of phases the forwards managed to force their way over from a handful of pick and drives, James Phillips the scorer. Dorrian was again on target. 0-21

The Exeter backs were keen to once more show off their attacking abilities. Taking advantage of the warm and dry evening conditions, the backs shipped the ball quickly through the hands and with a slick inside pass from Army prop Chris Budgen, Jack Nowell touched down for their fourth try. Soon after, Phillips rubbed salt into Bath United's wounds with another well worked try just minutes before half time. 0-33.

Exeter started the second half the stronger after exploiting a handling error in the Bath United back line. The ball found its way to replacement centre Junior Poluleuligaga who made a bullocking run down the centre of the pitch and after drawing the Bath fullback,  a neat offload 'out the back' landed in the supporting hands of Dorrian who touched down and converted his own try. 0-40.

Bath United played determinedly and some good vision from fly half Paul Roberts provided the catalyst for United's first try. With the Exeter defence sucked in by some direct running from the Bath pack, Roberts sensed the space out wide and lofted a pass wide to the outside backs. Nick Scott showed a good turn of speed and after making considerable yardage, he offloaded to Brad Barnes who raced in for the try. Roberts converted well. 7-40.

Now full of confidence after realising their ability to compete against this very strong Exeter side, Bath United went surging for another try. The home side began to use the width of the Recreation pitch to their flu advantage as great depth enabled another promising attack. Great hands once more shipped the ball across the pitch and support play ended with James Tyas receiving the offload and sprinting in to score in similar fashion to the previous try. Roberts duly added the following two points. 14-40.

The home side were rewarded their hat trick try with just under ten minutes remaining. A well worked period of possession forced Exeter United deep into their own 22. Despite Bath United losing an attacking line out on the Chiefs' five metre line, they were award a scrum from a knock on by the away side. Replacement scrum half Chris Cook showed good vision as, after nothing seemed on, he sniped at a seemingly non existent gap and burrowed over for the try. Roberts kept his 100% kicking rate and slotted the conversion. 21-40.

Despite the home side scoring the previous three consecutive tries, Exeter came back with a simple set piece try. A powerful scrum on Bath's five metre line allowed scrum half Pat Phibbs to draw Bath's Cook and spin the ball to the touchline, where winger Jack Arnott crossed over with ease to round off the game finishing 21-45.









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