Late Rokoduguni try secures win for Bath Rugby

Wasps 9 v Bath Rugby 25

A late try from Semesa Rokoduguni secured a 9-25 victory for Bath Rugby in an edgy encounter with Wasps at the Ricoh Arena.

Rokoduguni’s fifth try in as many games came in the 77th minute and whilst Bath led by nine points at the time, the winger’s crossing of the whitewash guaranteed the result for the visitors.

A gritty, absorbing first 40 minutes yielded nine points apiece, with the tight, nervy encounter on the pitch being reflected on the scoreboard.

Jimmy Gopperth opened the scoring for the home side after a big scrum from his pack presented the first opportunity to go for goal after five minutes. Rhys Priestland drew level for the first time some six minutes later after Nathan Hughes was penalised for a challenge on his opposite number, Taulupe Faletau. 3-3.

Gopperth landed another three points straight after, with Bath infringing at the re-start, before Faletau went on a powerful run from half-way and Wasps were caught offside. Priestland slotted the penalty to draw level once more. 6-6.

A further score each from Priestland and Gopperth cancelled each other out as half-time drew near, Priestland adding another three with an assured drop goal and Gopperth tying the scores with a third penalty.

Half-time: Wasps 9 – Bath Rugby 9

Minutes into the second-half and Bath were in the ascendancy and piling on the pressure in the 22, ultimately forcing Wasps to infringe at the breakdown. Priestland’s penalty from in front of the posts edged the visitors into the lead once more. 9-12.

Freddie Burns replaced the Welshman at pivot minutes later, and with almost his first act of the game stepped up to secure another three points from out wide. 9-15.

Whilst both sides were still trying to find fluidity in attack, it was the stubborn defence of Bath that was coming out on top. A scrum penalty in the last 10 minutes saw Burns advance the lead to nine, before Rokoduguni beat all comers to touchdown following a neat grubber kick through from Jonathan Joseph. Burns added the conversion to seal the win and take Bath up to fifth in the Aviva Premiership table.

Final score: Wasps 9 – Bath Rugby 25.

Match details

Ricoh Arena
Gallagher Premiership
1 October 2017
KO 15:00

Attendance: 15,488
Referee: Matthew Carley
Half Time score: 9-9

Wasps:
Penalties: Gopperth (5, 12, 32)
Bath:
Tries: Rokoduguni (76)
Conversions: Burns (77)
Penalties: Priestland (11, 17, 44), Burns (48, 73)
Drop goals: Priestland (28)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Wasps and Bath.

6'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 3 - 0 Bath

Jimmy Gopperth kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

11'

Substitution

Elliott Stooke replaces Luke Charteris for Bath.

12'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 3 - 3 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

13'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 6 - 3 Bath

Jimmy Gopperth kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

17'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 6 - 6 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

29'

Drop Goal! Wasps 6 - 9 Bath

Rhys Priestland scores for Bath.

33'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 9 - 9 Bath

Jimmy Gopperth kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

38'

Substitution

Ashley Johnson replaces Nathan Hughes for Wasps.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Wasps 9 - 9 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Anthony Perenise replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

45'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 9 - 12 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

45'

Substitution

Juan De Jongh replaces Brendan Macken for Wasps.

47'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Jack Walker for Bath.

47'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Beno Obano for Bath.

47'

Substitution

Freddie Burns replaces Rhys Priestland for Bath.

49'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 9 - 15 Bath

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Ben Harris replaces Simon McIntyre for Wasps.

56'

Substitution

Paul Doran-Jones replaces Jake Cooper-Woolley for Wasps.

60'

Substitution

Craig Hampson replaces Joe Simpson for Wasps.

60'

Substitution

Jack Willis replaces James Haskell for Wasps.

60'

Substitution

Ben Tapuai replaces Max Clark for Bath.

66'

Substitution

Marcus Watson replaces Rob Miller for Wasps.

69'

Substitution

James Phillips replaces Elliott Stooke for Bath.

74'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 9 - 18 Bath

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

77'

Try for Bath! Wasps 9 - 23 Bath

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

78'

Conversion! Wasps 9 - 25 Bath

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

78'

Substitution

Darren Allinson replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

78'

Substitution

Jake Cooper-Woolley replaces Paul Doran-Jones for Wasps.

82'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Wasps 9 - 25 Bath.