Centurions Club match report - The Rec salutes new hero

10 September 2012

Centurions Club match reporter, Ben Da Costa (aged 15), gives us his latest report on the 3 try Round 2 win over London Wasps in the Aviva Premiership.

Every club needs a player for the young fans to follow as their superstar. Kyle Eastmond, at just 23, might have achieved that star status with his skill, pace and the way he danced through Wasps for his first Aviva Premiership try on Saturday. Every mini rugby player dreams of being able to do what Kyle did yesterday, as the crowd cheered the arrival of a new Bath hero.

Olly Barkley has started the season with a success rate of 14 out of 14. WOW is this a record start for a season? Possibly not, but Olly looks in great kicking and playing form at number 10.

The pack started with just one change which saw Nathan Catt come in for Paul James. With the scrum again looking solid and becoming a platform, Claassens could release quick ball which allowed the backs to break the gainline against the Wasps centres. The pre-match concern was containing Tom Varndell and Christian Wade and, apart from one lapse in concentration, both Wasps players were frustrated by the defensive qualities of Olly Barkley, Tom Biggs , Nick Abendenon and Kyle Eastmond. Going forward, Wasps were forever struggling to cope with the superior Bath backs, with the crowning moment being 'that try'.

Matt Banahan continued his great start to the season with the only try in a first half that started with a series of disruptive phases from both sides, but by half time was full of promise and bite, with the score 10-6 to Bath.

In the second half Biggsy kicked the ball on after it appeared to bounce off Tom Palmer's backside and eventually beat Wade to collect and scramble over for a crowd pleasing try. Varndell replied with a clinical finish as a result of an outrageous chip by lock Marco Wentzel for a try of his own to reduce the deficit to 20-13. Then, 10 minutes later, The Rec was witness to Kyle The Magician as he weaved in, out and through the Wasps defence to score his first Aviva Premiership try in front of a roaring crowd.

A late try from Wade made some a little nervous as Wasps clawed back to within seven, but there was less to worry about as Olly's 14th successive penalty pushed the win beyond the reach of those Wasps. Bath look a much fitter and stronger team than last season and comfortably controlled the last 10 minutes to maintain a 100% season record.

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