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Dogged derby encounter ends in one-point defeat for Bath Rugby

Bristol Rugby 12 v Bath Rugby 11

A dogged Aviva Premiership derby encounter ended in a narrow one-point 12-11 defeat for Bath Rugby. 

Bath gained early control of the game, and had opportunities to open the scoring – Harry Davies nearly touched down in the corner in the first three minutes but he was dragged into touch just before he could ground the ball.

Steadily, the home side worked their way into the game - a drop goal from Gavin Henson giving them the lead on 11 minutes.

Bath drew level with a penalty from Rhys Priestland on 18 minutes, but Bristol were making it hard for Bath to regain their earlier handle on proceedings.

Henson missed a long-range penalty shot on the 22nd minute, but made amends by adding a further two before half-time to give the home side a six point lead going into the break.

Half-time: Bristol Rugby 9 – Bath Rugby 3

Priestland had the chance to add a second penalty in the opening phases of the second 40, only to see his attempt at goal drift wide. Instead, his opposite number, Henson, extended the Bristol lead further with a simple shot in front of the posts.

David Denton looked like he had finally breached the try line on the 47th minute but, similarly to Davies in the first-half, he was dragged into touch by the covering Jason Woodward before touching the ball down.

A strong tackle from replacement Max Clark led to Bath's next opportunity for points – the centre took Woodward into touch, and when the fullback prevented the quick lineout from being taken, he was suitably punished by the boot of Priestland from the tee. 12-6.

The hosts were looking comfortable, albeit without getting much out of Bath’s stubborn defence, but replacement Tusi Pisi threw Bath a lifeline on the 67th minute – quite literally. His side were pressing up on the Bath 22 when a wild throw from the centre was picked off by Semesa Rokoduguni and the wing galloped away to score from over 50 metres out. 12-11.

The final 10 minutes were even more frantic than the previous 70, with both sides fighting hard to tip the game in their favour, but ultimately Bristol kept their heads when it counted, and Bath had to settle with a losing bonus point to keep them in the top four.

Final score: Bristol Rugby 12 – Bath Rugby 11.

 

Match details

Ashton Gate
Aviva Premiership
26 February 2017
KO 13:00

Attendance: 16,258
Referee: Greg Garner
Half Time score: 9-3

Bristol:
Penalties: Henson (37, 40, 45)
Drop goals: Henson (11)
Bath:
Tries: Rokoduguni (66)
Penalties: Priestland (18, 57)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bristol and Bath.

12'

Drop Goal! Bristol 3 - 0 Bath

Gavin Henson scores for Bristol.

18'

Substitution

Jordan Williams replaces Tom Varndell for Bristol.

19'

Penalty Goal! Bristol 3 - 3 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

30'

Substitution

Guy Mercer replaces Tom Ellis for Bath.

30'

Substitution

Jack O'Connell replaces Ryan Bevington for Bristol.

35'

Substitution

Ryan Bevington replaces Jack O'Connell for Bristol.

38'

Penalty Goal! Bristol 6 - 3 Bath

Gavin Henson kicks a penalty goal for Bristol.

41'

Penalty Goal! Bristol 9 - 3 Bath

Gavin Henson kicks a penalty goal for Bristol.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bristol 9 - 3 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

46'

Penalty Goal! Bristol 12 - 3 Bath

Gavin Henson kicks a penalty goal for Bristol.

50'

Substitution

Tusi Pisi replaces Jordan Williams for Bristol.

51'

Substitution

Jamal Ford-Robinson replaces Anthony Perenise for Bristol.

52'

Substitution

Max Clark replaces Harry Davies for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Sam Jeffries replaces Ian Evans for Bristol.

58'

Penalty Goal! Bristol 12 - 6 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Max Crumpton replaces Marc Jones for Bristol.

67'

Try for Bath! Bristol 12 - 11 Bath

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

69'

Substitution

Darryl Marfo replaces Beno Obano for Bath.

69'

Substitution

Kane Palma-Newport replaces Max Lahiff for Bath.

71'

Substitution

Jack O'Connell replaces Ryan Bevington for Bristol.

78'

Substitution

Nic Fenton-Wells replaces Jack Lam for Bristol.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bristol.

Final score: Bristol 12 - 11 Bath.

Bristol Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Gavin Henson003112
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Rhys Priestland00206
Semesa Rokoduguni10005
Bristol v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PRyan
Bevington
1Beno
Obano
P    
    HMarc
Jones
2Ross
Batty
H    
    PAnthony
Perenise
3Max
Lahiff
P    
    LIan
Evans
4Elliott
Stooke
L    
    LDan
Tuohy
5Charlie
Ewels
L    
    FLMitch
Eadie
6Tom
Ellis
FL    
    FLJack
Lam
7David
Denton
FL    
    8Jordan
Crane
8Paul
Grant
8    
    SHAlby
Mathewson
9Chris
Cook
SH    
31  FHGavin
Henson
10Rhys
Priestland
FH   2
    WTom
Varndell
11Harry
Davies
W    
    CSiale
Piutau
12Ben
Tapuai
C    
    CWill
Hurrell
13Jonathan
Joseph
C    
    WDavid
Lemi
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W1   
    FBJason
Woodward
15Tom
Homer
FB    
Replacements
    RHMax
Crumpton
16Michael
Van Vuuren
R    
    RPJack
O'Connell
17Darryl
Marfo
RP    
    RPJamal
Ford-Robinson
18Kane
Palma-Newport
RP    
    RLSam
Jeffries
19Levi
Douglas
R    
    RFLNic
Fenton-Wells
20Guy
Mercer
RFL    
    RRhodri
Williams
21Will
Homer
R    
    RTusi
Pisi
22Adam
Hastings
R    
    RJack
Wallace
23Max
Clark
RW    
    RWJordan
Williams
23Max
Clark
RW