Bath Rugby take on London Irish at the Rec tomorrow afternoon behind closed doors as the Gallagher Premiership resumes for the Blue, Black and White (kick-off 15:00, BT Sport Extra 1). Here’s a closer look at our domestic rivals…
Date: Saturday, August 15th
Competition: Gallagher Premiership
Where: The Rec
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys,
Assistants: Robert Warburton & Phil Watters
Citing Officer: Brian Campsall
Media coverage: BBC Radio Bristol, BT Sport Extra 1 or via the App
London Irish CURRENT FORM
Sale Sharks (A) – 39-0 (L)
Wasps (H) - 26-36 (L)
Gloucester (H) - 24-20 (W)
LAST TIME OUT
Bath Rugby put in a dominant performance, as the side scored six tries to earn a bonus-point win over London Irish at the Madejski Stadium in December 2019.
Beno Obano, Anthony Watson, Semesa Rokoduguni, Will Chudley, Tom Homer all scored for the Blue, Black and White and were gifted a penalty try for their attacking endeavours. London Irish could only reply through an Adam Coleman try as the highlight of the hosts’ performance.
Anthony Watson had returned to action for Bath following an injury sustained against Harlequins in the Champions Cup back in November, and lock Elliott Stooke made his 100th appearance for the Blue, Black and White in a proud performance.
Obano and Watson both scored within the first 10 minutes to set the tone for the day. Rokoduguni scored the third in the 21st minute, making his 50th Premiership try. By the 26th minute the bonus-point was secured following a penalty try with London Irish losing Albert Tuisue to the sin-bin. Before half-time the fifth try was scored by Chudley giving Bath a 31-3 lead.
The second-half was a closer affair with one try apiece. Homer added a sixth score from long-rage after a phenomenal interception breakaway and this was followed by Adam Coleman break through score for Irish. This topping off a strong performance from the Blue, Black and White.
WORD FROM THE LONDON IRISH CAMP
“The squad is excited to finally get back out on the pitch and play some rugby after a long absence away from the sport. In the first fixture, Bath put us under pressure from the word go and we have to learn from that this time round.”
BATH RUGBY SIDE TO FACE LONDON IRISH
15. Anthony Watson, 14. Semesa Rokoduguni, 13. Jonathan Joseph, 12. Josh Matavesi, 11. Ruaridh McConnochie, 10. Rhys Priestland, 9. Ben Spencer; 1. Lewis Boyce, 2. Tom Dunn, 3. Will Stuart, 4. Josh McNally, 5. Charlie Ewels (C), 6. Zach Mercer, 7. Sam Underhill, 8. Taulupe Faletau.
16. Jack Walker, 17. Beno Obano, 18. Christian Judge, 19. Elliott Stooke, 20. Josh Bayliss, 21. Will Chudley, 22. Cameron Redpath, 23. Tom de Glanville
15. Tom Parton, 14. Ben Loader, 13. Curtis Rona, 12. Terrence Hepetema, 11. Ollie Hassell-Collins, 10. Paddy Jackson, 9. Nick Phipps, 1. Harry Elrington, 2. Motu Matu’u, 3. Sekope Kepu, 4. Ben Donnell, 5. George Nott, 6. Matt Rogerson, 7. Seán O’Brien ©, 8. Albert Tuisue
16. Matt Cornish, 17. Will Goodrick-Clarke, 18. Ollie Hoskins, 19. Sebastian de Chaves, 20. Blair Cowan, 21. Ben Meehan, 22. Theo Brophy Clews, 23. Matt Williams