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Inspired Bath Rugby seal Toulouse takedown

Toulouse 18 v Bath Rugby 35

A perfect balance of forward power and awe-inspiring back play gave Bath Rugby an 18-35 Champions Cup away win against Toulouse that will live long in the memory.

Bath registered points not long after George Ford had kicked off to start the match; Horacio Agulla running a devastating line to put the fly-half in a good position to penalise Toulouse's indiscretion at the breakdown. 0-3.

Some remarkable clever passing from both Bath's forwards and backs then found Francois Louw in midfield, and the Springbok flanker threw a perfectly-judged long pass to Matt Banahan on the wing. Banahan jogged over for the first try of the match, and Ford converted. 0-10. Toulouse's powerful driving maul was key to their response, second row Yoann Maestri touching down for the second try of the match. Former England fly-half Toby Flood was on song with his conversion. 7-10.

The home side were the architects of Bath's second try, as Chris Cook intercepted a pass from a Toulouse lineout to sprint away for the score. With the conversion missed, Bath now held a 7-15 lead. The world-class abilities of Kyle Eastmond were on show in the 28th minute. The centre put on a show-and-go of the highest order; the ball fed to Banahan who took out two defenders before popping to Jonathan Joseph to touch down. Ford converted. 7-22.

Agulla's breathtaking break up the right wing moments later resulted in what looked like a try to Anthony Watson, but what could have been a worthy contender for try of the week was denied by the TMO. Still, Bath didn't come away empty-handed from that encounter, winning a penalty at the resulting scrum in front of the posts, which gave them three points from Ford. 7-25.

Not to be outdone, Toulouse hit back through Yoann Huget when the winger sidestepped his way through the Bath defence from his side's attacking scrum to score. Flood missed the conversion, but was more accurate with a penalty kick on the stroke of half-time, which made it a ten-point deficit.

Half time: Toulouse 15-25 Bath Rugby

After seven minutes of play, Flood drew the hosts to within a converted try of Bath with a penalty kick. 18-25.

Despite some staggeringly good phases of play from both sides, it wasn't until the final 10 minutes that a telling blow was dealt. It was appropriate that Jonathan Joseph - so adventurous throughout - who dealt it, setting up a try for Francois Louw that will be watched repeatedly on European Rugby highlights for years to come.

Taking the ball on halfway, Joseph chipped the ball through the oncoming Toulouse line, caught it on the fly and rounded the defence with astonishing pace. He then passed back inside to Ross Batty, who fed Francois Louw for yet another scintillating team try from Bath, converted by Ford. 18-32.

Ford then added insult to injury against the European giants, successfully kicking a final minute penalty to add the icing on the cake that will feed Bath supporters' dreams of making it through to the next stage of the Champions Cup. 

Final score: Toulouse 18-35 Bath Rugby

Match details

Stade Ernest Wallon
European Rugby Champions Cup
18 January 2015
KO 15:15

Referee: George Clancy
Half Time score: 15-25

Toulouse:
Tries: Maestri (12), Huget (35)
Conversions: Flood (13)
Penalties: Flood (39, 47)
Bath:
Tries: Banahan (6), Cook (23), Joseph (26), Louw (70)
Conversions: Ford (7, 27, 72)
Penalties: Ford (1, 33, 81)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Toulouse and Bath.

2'

Penalty Goal! Toulouse 0 - 3 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

7'

Try for Bath! Toulouse 0 - 8 Bath

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

8'

Conversion! Toulouse 0 - 10 Bath

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

11'

Substitution

Ollie Devoto replaces Anthony Watson for Bath.

13'

Try for Toulouse! Toulouse 5 - 10 Bath

Yoann Maestri scores for Toulouse.

14'

Conversion! Toulouse 7 - 10 Bath

Toby Flood with a conversion for Toulouse.

15'

Substitution

Anthony Watson replaces Ollie Devoto for Bath.

24'

Try for Bath! Toulouse 7 - 15 Bath

Chris Cook scores for Bath.

27'

Try for Bath! Toulouse 7 - 20 Bath

Jonathan Joseph scores for Bath.

28'

Conversion! Toulouse 7 - 22 Bath

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

34'

Penalty Goal! Toulouse 7 - 25 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

36'

Try for Toulouse! Toulouse 12 - 25 Bath

Yoann Huget scores for Toulouse.

40'

Penalty Goal! Toulouse 15 - 25 Bath

Toby Flood kicks a penalty goal for Toulouse.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Toulouse 15 - 25 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

45'

Substitution

Ollie Devoto replaces Anthony Watson for Bath.

45'

Substitution

Clement Poitrenaud replaces Yann David for Toulouse.

47'

Penalty Goal! Toulouse 18 - 25 Bath

Toby Flood kicks a penalty goal for Toulouse.

48'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces David Wilson for Bath.

48'

Substitution

Carl Fearns replaces Dominic Day for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Patricio Albacete replaces Joe Tekori for Toulouse.

55'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Paul James for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Stuart Hooper replaces Dave Attwood for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Olly Woodburn replaces Kyle Eastmond for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Jano Vermaak replaces Toby Flood for Toulouse.

66'

Substitution

Vasil Kakovin replaces Gurthro Steenkamp for Toulouse.

66'

Substitution

Gillian Galan replaces Louis Picamoles for Toulouse.

68'

Substitution

Kisi Pulu replaces Census Johnston for Toulouse.

71'

Try for Bath! Toulouse 18 - 30 Bath

Francois Louw scores for Bath.

73'

Conversion! Toulouse 18 - 32 Bath

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

73'

Substitution

Gregory Lamboley replaces Yannick Nyanga for Toulouse.

73'

Substitution

Peter Stringer replaces Horacio Agulla for Bath.

76'

Substitution

Julien Marchand replaces Corey Flynn for Toulouse.

82'

Penalty Goal! Toulouse 18 - 35 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

82'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Toulouse 18 - 35 Bath.

Toulouse Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Toby Flood01208
Yoann Maestri10005
Yoann Huget10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford033015
Francois Louw10005
Chris Cook10005
Matt Banahan10005
Jonathan Joseph10005
Toulouse v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PGurthro
Steenkamp
1Paul
James
P    
    HCorey
Flynn
2Rob
Webber
H    
    PCensus
Johnston
3David
Wilson
P    
    LJoe
Tekori
4Dominic
Day
L    
   1LYoann
Maestri
5Dave
Attwood
L    
    FLYannick
Nyanga
6Matt
Garvey
FL    
    FLThierry
Dusautoir
7Francois
Louw
FL1   
    8Louis
Picamoles
8Leroy
Houston
8    
    SHJean-Marc
Doussain
9Chris
Cook
SH1   
2 1 FHToby
Flood
10George
Ford
FH 3 3
   1WYoann
Huget
11Matt
Banahan
W1   
    CLuke
McAlister
12Kyle
Eastmond
C    
    CYann
David
13Jonathan
Joseph
C1   
    WVincent
Clerc
14Horacio
Agulla
W    
    FBMaxime
Medard
15Anthony
Watson
FB    
Replacements
    RHJulien
Marchand
16Ross
Batty
RH    
    RPVasil
Kakovin
17Nick
Auterac
RP    
    RPKisi
Pulu
18Henry
Thomas
RP    
    RLPatricio
Albacete
19Stuart
Hooper
RL    
    R8Gillian
Galan
20Carl
Fearns
RL    
    RFHJano
Vermaak
21Peter
Stringer
RW    
    RCClement
Poitrenaud
22Ollie
Devoto
RFB    
    RFLGregory
Lamboley
23Olly
Woodburn
RC