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Bonus point win for Bath Rugby on derby day

Bath Rugby 31 v Exeter Chiefs 14

An enthralling West Country derby saw Bath Rugby come away 31-14 bonus point winners over Exeter Chiefs at the Recreation Ground this afternoon.

It was a fantastic end to end game of rugby for the sold-out Recreation Ground crowd, with players from both sides giving their all.

With eight minutes gone, the home side thought they’d got the first score of the game. Delicate linking play between George Ford and Horacio Agulla set Matt Banahan up to cut an arcing inside line and cross for the try, but the score was ruled out by referee J.P. Doyle for a forward pass.

It was, in fact, Exeter who got points on the scoreboard first, albeit against the run of play. As Bath were working their way up the field, a loose ball was pounced on by Chiefs’ captain Dean Mumm. The lock charged down field and Matt Jess was with him in support, and the winger sprinted over the line. Gareth Steenson was on target with the conversion, 0-7.

The Bath backs looked threatening every time they had the ball, and they worked hard to force holes in the Exeter defensive line. It paid off on 29 minutes, as Kyle Eastmond found Agulla on the angle and the winger darted through to score. Ford added the extras to level the scores. 7-7.

With just four minutes left of the half Bath got their second try. The lively Chris Cook broke free from the back of a ruck following more flowing play across the field. The scrum-half found Eastmond on his shoulder, who left the defence behind to touch down near the posts. Ford was once again on target with the conversion, giving Bath the lead. 14-7.

Half-time score: Bath Rugby 14 – Exeter Chiefs 7.

The visitors drew level shortly after the start of the second-half, Jack Nowell pouncing on a ball in the corner that had been kicked through by his centre colleague Sam Hill. Steenson added the conversion. 14-14.

With just under half an hour left to play, the Bath forwards really started to show their dominance. An Exeter lineout stolen by Stuart Hooper saw the home pack set-up a huge driving maul that travelled straight through the 22 and up to the try-line. Replacement lock Dave Attwood had a secure hold of the ball at the back and he crashed down over the line. Ford added the conversion. 21-14.

The forwards continued to control the game from there on in, with a penalty earned at the scrum providing another three points from the boot of Ford. 24-14.

With 10 minutes left, Bath were hunting for the bonus point try. As they pushed towards the whitewash once again, Exeter’s defence became ill-disciplined and replacement Mitch Lees was shown a yellow card for pulling down the maul.

Despite being a man down, Exeter fought hard for the remainder of the game, but the pressure finally told. Ford picked out Anthony Watson unmarked on the wing, and the fullback turned on the gas to race away from the tiring defence to wrap up the five point win.

Final score: Bath Rugby 31 – Exeter Chiefs 14. 

 

Match details

Recreation Ground
Aviva Premiership
27 December 2014
KO 14:00

Referee: JP Doyle
Half Time score: 14-7

Bath:
Tries: Agulla (28), Eastmond (35), Attwood (51), Watson (76)
Conversions: Ford (29, 36, 52, 78)
Penalties: Ford (59)
Exeter:
Tries: Jess (23), Nowell (44)
Conversions: Steenson (24, 45)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Exeter.

8'

Substitution

Haydn Thomas replaces Will Chudley for Exeter.

14'

Substitution

Mitch Lees replaces Damian Welch for Exeter.

14'

Substitution

Will Chudley replaces Haydn Thomas for Exeter.

24'

Try for Exeter! Bath 0 - 5 Exeter

Matt Jess scores for Exeter.

25'

Conversion! Bath 0 - 7 Exeter

Gareth Steenson with a conversion for Exeter.

29'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 7 Exeter

Horacio Agulla scores for Bath.

30'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 7 Exeter

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

36'

Try for Bath! Bath 12 - 7 Exeter

Kyle Eastmond scores for Bath.

37'

Conversion! Bath 14 - 7 Exeter

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 14 - 7 Exeter.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Paul James replaces Nick Auterac for Bath.

45'

Try for Exeter! Bath 14 - 12 Exeter

Jack Nowell scores for Exeter.

46'

Conversion! Bath 14 - 14 Exeter

Gareth Steenson with a conversion for Exeter.

49'

Substitution

Dave Attwood replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

52'

Try for Bath! Bath 19 - 14 Exeter

Dave Attwood scores for Bath.

53'

Conversion! Bath 21 - 14 Exeter

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Luke Cowan-Dickie replaces Jack Yeandle for Exeter.

54'

Substitution

Carl Rimmer replaces Ben Moon for Exeter.

54'

Substitution

Tomas Francis replaces Moray Low for Exeter.

58'

Substitution

Haydn Thomas replaces Will Chudley for Exeter.

60'

Penalty Goal! Bath 24 - 14 Exeter

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Sam Burgess replaces Jonathan Joseph for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Carl Fearns replaces Leroy Houston for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Micky Young replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

67'

Substitution

David Wilson replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

70'

Yellow Card!

Exeter lose Mitch Lees for ten minutes.

72'

Substitution

Kai Horstmann replaces Matt Jess for Exeter.

74'

Substitution

Ian Whitten replaces Gareth Steenson for Exeter.

77'

Try for Bath! Bath 29 - 14 Exeter

Anthony Watson scores for Bath.

79'

Conversion! Bath 31 - 14 Exeter

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

79'

Substitution

Ollie Devoto replaces George Ford for Bath.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 31 - 14 Exeter.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford041011
Kyle Eastmond10005
Horacio Agulla10005
Anthony Watson10005
Dave Attwood10005
Exeter Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Matt Jess10005
Jack Nowell10005
Gareth Steenson02004
Bath v Exeter
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PNick
Auterac
1Ben
Moon
P    
    HRob
Webber
2Jack
Yeandle
H    
    PHenry
Thomas
3Moray
Low
P    
    LStuart
Hooper
4Dean
Mumm
L    
    LDominic
Day
5Damian
Welch
L    
    FLMatt
Garvey
6Dave
Ewers
FL    
    FLFrancois
Louw
7Don
Armand
FL    
    8Leroy
Houston
8Thomas
Waldrom
8    
    SHChris
Cook
9Will
Chudley
SH    
1 4 FHGeorge
Ford
10Gareth
Steenson
FH 2  
    WMatt
Banahan
11Matt
Jess
W1   
   1CKyle
Eastmond
12Sam
Hill
C    
    CJonathan
Joseph
13Henry
Slade
C    
   1WHoracio
Agulla
14Jack
Nowell
W1   
   1FBAnthony
Watson
15Phil
Dollman
FB    
Replacements
    RRoss
Batty
16Luke
Cowan-Dickie
RH    
    RPPaul
James
17Carl
Rimmer
RP    
    RPDavid
Wilson
18Tomas
Francis
RP    
   1RHDave
Attwood
19Mitch
Lees
RL    
    R8Carl
Fearns
20Kai
Horstmann
RW    
    RCSam
Burgess
21Haydn
Thomas
RSH    
    RSHMicky
Young
22Ian
Whitten
RFH    
    RFHOllie
Devoto
23Fetu'u
Vainikolo
R