Heartbreaking finish ends Bath Rugby run

Bath Rugby 23 v Wasps 27

Bath Rugby fell to a 27-23 defeat to play-off rivals Wasps at the Rec on the August Bank Holiday Monday in Round 17 of the Gallagher Premiership.  

It was tense battle at the Rec which saw the visitors capitalise on a converted penalty try for a collapsed maul just five minutes before the death.  

The game started with gusto as Bath secured ten points in as many minutes. Wasps worked hard to climb up the scoreboard but failed to get in front in the first 40. The key moment which changed the course of the game came after 34 minute when scrums were designated as uncontested following a Wasps’ appeal.

At the break it was 13 a piece and all to play for.

In the second 40 Bath continued to fight for every point, and it looked as though they had crossed the whitewash not once, but twice, however, referee Wayne Barnes disallowed both efforts.  

Ultimately, Wasps secured the W in a heart-breaking battle by delivering a strong counter-attack, and capitalising on the call for uncontested scrums as well as Bath’s errors. 


KEY MOMENT 

As early as 34 minutes into the contest, the game took a turn with uncontested scrums. Wasps' Tommy Taylor and then Gabriel Oghre suffered injuries and with the two hookers not being able to play on, the games set piece changed. This was a hugely impactful difference for Bath Rugby as they pride themselves on a strong unyielding scrum.  


REACTION


Bath Rugby

Tries: Ruaridh McConnochie (2'), Jack Walker (69')

Conversions: Rhys Priestland (2', 69')

Penalties: Rhys Priestland (6', 11', 49') 

Wasps

Tries: Jacob Umaga (27'), Tom West (58'), Penalty Try

Conversions: Jacob Umaga 28', 59')

Penalties: Lima Sopoaga (12'), Jacob Umaga (39')


PERFORMANCE OF THE MATCH

Rhys Priestland wins the Pol Roger Performance of the Match having scored 13 of Bath's 23 points this afternoon. A bitterly disappointing defeat at home but solid performance from the fly-half.


GALLERY


Match details

Recreation Ground
Gallagher Premiership
31 August 2020
KO 15:00

Referee: Wayne Barnes
Half Time score: 13-13

Bath:
Tries: McConnochie (1), Walker (66)
Conversions: Priestland (3, 68)
Penalties: Priestland (6, 10, 48)
Wasps:
Tries: Umaga (26), West (56)
Conversions: Umaga (27, 57)
Penalties: Sopoaga (12), Umaga (39)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Wasps.

2'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 0 Wasps

Ruaridh McConnochie scores for Bath.

4'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 0 Wasps

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

4'

Substitution

Tom Willis replaces Thomas Young for Wasps.

7'

Penalty Goal! Bath 10 - 0 Wasps

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

11'

Penalty Goal! Bath 13 - 0 Wasps

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

13'

Penalty Goal! Bath 13 - 3 Wasps

Lima Sopoaga kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

24'

Substitution

Matteo Minozzi replaces Lima Sopoaga for Wasps.

26'

Substitution

Gabriel Oghre replaces Tommy Taylor for Wasps.

27'

Try for Wasps! Bath 13 - 8 Wasps

Jacob Umaga scores for Wasps.

28'

Conversion! Bath 13 - 10 Wasps

Jacob Umaga with a conversion for Wasps.

34'

Substitution

Simon McIntyre replaces Gabriel Oghre for Wasps.

40'

Penalty Goal! Bath 13 - 13 Wasps

Jacob Umaga kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

40'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 13 - 13 Wasps.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Jeff Toomaga-Allen replaces Biyi Alo for Wasps.

49'

Penalty Goal! Bath 16 - 13 Wasps

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

49'

Substitution

Miles Reid replaces Zach Mercer for Bath.

52'

Substitution

Elliott Stooke replaces Josh McNally for Bath.

52'

Substitution

Tom de Glanville replaces Gabriel Hamer-Webb for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Max Clark replaces Josh Matavesi for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Lewis Boyce replaces Beno Obano for Bath.

57'

Try for Wasps! Bath 16 - 18 Wasps

Tom West scores for Wasps.

58'

Conversion! Bath 16 - 20 Wasps

Jacob Umaga with a conversion for Wasps.

58'

Substitution

Jimmy Gopperth replaces Ryan Mills for Wasps.

61'

Substitution

Jack Walker replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

67'

Try for Bath! Bath 21 - 20 Wasps

Jack Walker scores for Bath.

69'

Conversion! Bath 23 - 20 Wasps

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

69'

Substitution

Will Rowlands replaces James Gaskell for Wasps.

69'

Substitution

Ben Vellacott replaces Dan Robson for Wasps.

75'

Try for Wasps! Bath 23 - 25 Wasps

scores for Wasps.

75'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Sam Underhill for ten minutes.

80'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Wasps.

Final score: Bath 23 - 25 Wasps.