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Late Wasps try seals victory at the Ricoh Arena

Wasps 30 v Bath Rugby 22

A late Dan Robson try sealed a 30-22 victory for Wasps over Bath Rugby at the Ricoh Arena.

Ollie Fox was thrusted into action for his Gallagher Premiership debut, with Chris Cook ruled out through a bug, which had affected other members of the squad earlier in the week. 

It was a tentative opening, but Bath got the first points on the board through Rhys Priestland. After going mounting the phases, Wasps were penalised for offside and the fly-half notched a close-range penalty with just three minutes on the clock. [0-3]

Moments after Lima Sopoaga had struck the post with a penalty attempt, but Bath doubled their lead with 24 minutes on the clock. Priestland stepped up and made no mistake with his effort from in front of the posts. 

With the game heading into the final 10 minutes of the half, Sopoaga made up for his earlier miss after Bath were pinged for holding on. [3-6]

The New Zealand international drew his side level three minutes later, as the fly-half slotted a routine penalty following a deliberate knock-on. [6-6]

The scoreboard kept ticking over, but it was Bath who found themselves back in the lead after a good period of possession inside the Wasps half. After referee Adam Woodthorpe had blown for an offside, Priestland maintained his 100% record from the boot to give his side a three-point advantage. [6-9]

There was just time for Wasps to have their say with the first try of the afternoon, as the clock ticked into the Red. Second rower Will Rowlands broke through a Bath tackle in the 22 and clambered his way over to score under the posts. Sopoaga’s conversion put Wasps four points in front at the interval.

Half-time – Wasps 13-9 Bath Rugby 

Bath came out with urgency in the second half, as they looked to build on their first half showing.

Eight minutes in, Zach Mercer bundled over for his second try of the season. It was Freddie Burns, who set the momentum for the move, as the full-back cleverly kept in Sopoaga’s kick to touch inside his 22. Priestland then sent a high ball into the Wasps half, which was gathered by the leaping Semesa Rokoduguni, who soared into the danger zone. Despite being hauled to touch, Bath stole the resulting line-out and continued to plough away at the Wasps line.  

Following a series of phases and intervention from the TMO, it was Mercer, who grounded the ball under a pile of yellow shirts. Priestland added the extras to regain the lead. [13-16]

Another Priestland penalty saw Bath move into a six-point lead with just under half an hour remaining at the Ricoh Arena.

Wasps continued to rally and Brad Shields was the beneficiary following a well-executed move from the scrum. Dai Young’s side powered into the Bath 22, and after going close in the corner, the England international edged his way over the line. Sopoaga’s kick ensured his side had a one-point advantage going into the last 15 minutes.

With seven minutes to go, Wasps got their crucial try, as the Coventry-based side capitalised on the numbers out wide. Replacement Tom Cruse made a half-break on the right wing before finding Dan Robson with the offload, which gave Sopoaga the easy conversion attempt. [27-19]

Rhys Priestland added another penalty to his tally with just over a minute to play, to put Bath within losing bonus-point range. Despite a valiant effort to attack from the restart, Sopoaga ensured Bath would leave empty handed with a successful kick from the tee. 

Bath will now welcome Northampton to the Rec next Saturday, as they look to end Saints’ unbeaten start to the Gallagher Premiership campaign.

Full-time – Wasps 30-22 Bath Rugby

Match details

Ricoh Arena
Gallagher Premiership
2 November 2019
KO 15:00

Attendance: 10322
Referee: Anthony Woodthorpe
Half Time score: 13-9

Wasps:
Tries: Rowlands (42), Shields (64), Robson (71)
Conversions: Sopoaga (43, 66, 72)
Penalties: Sopoaga (28, 31, 84)
Bath:
Tries: Mercer (47)
Conversions: Priestland (47)
Penalties: Priestland (3, 23, 35, 52, 79)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Wasps and Bath.

4'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 0 - 3 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

24'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 0 - 6 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

29'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 3 - 6 Bath

Lima Sopoaga kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

32'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 6 - 6 Bath

Lima Sopoaga kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

36'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 6 - 9 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

43'

Try for Wasps! Wasps 11 - 9 Bath

Will Rowlands scores for Wasps.

44'

Conversion! Wasps 13 - 9 Bath

Lima Sopoaga with a conversion for Wasps.

44'

HALF TIME

Match score: Wasps 13 - 9 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

42'

Substitution

Thibaud Flament replaces James Gaskell for Wasps.

46'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Jack Walker for Bath.

46'

Substitution

Beno Obano replaces Lewis Boyce for Bath.

48'

Try for Bath! Wasps 13 - 14 Bath

Zach Mercer scores for Bath.

48'

Conversion! Wasps 13 - 16 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

53'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 13 - 19 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

53'

Substitution

Ben Harris replaces Zurabi Zhvania for Wasps.

54'

Substitution

Gabriel Hamer-Webb replaces Max Wright for Bath.

58'

Substitution

Tom Cruse replaces Tommy Taylor for Wasps.

58'

Substitution

Jeff Toomaga-Allen replaces Kieran Brookes for Wasps.

65'

Try for Wasps! Wasps 18 - 19 Bath

Brad Shields scores for Wasps.

67'

Conversion! Wasps 20 - 19 Bath

Lima Sopoaga with a conversion for Wasps.

67'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces Will Stuart for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Joshua McNally replaces Elliott Stooke for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Tom Ellis replaces Josh Bayliss for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Max Wright replaces Gabriel Hamer-Webb for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Ashley Johnson replaces Brad Shields for Wasps.

72'

Try for Wasps! Wasps 25 - 19 Bath

Dan Robson scores for Wasps.

73'

Conversion! Wasps 27 - 19 Bath

Lima Sopoaga with a conversion for Wasps.

77'

Substitution

Will Stuart replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

80'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 27 - 22 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

85'

Penalty Goal! Wasps 30 - 22 Bath

Lima Sopoaga kicks a penalty goal for Wasps.

85'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Wasps.

Final score: Wasps 30 - 22 Bath.

Wasps Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Lima Sopoaga033015
Will Rowlands10005
Brad Shields10005
Dan Robson10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Rhys Priestland015017
Zach Mercer10005
Wasps v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PZurabi
Zhvania
1Lewis
Boyce
P    
    HTommy
Taylor
2Jack
Walker
H    
    PKieran
Brookes
3Will
Stuart
P    
    LJames
Gaskell
4Elliott
Stooke
L    
   1LWill
Rowlands
5Charlie
Ewels
L    
   1FLBrad
Shields
6Mike
Williams
FL    
    FLNizaam
Carr
7Josh
Bayliss
FL    
    8Sione
Vailanu
8Zach
Mercer
81   
   1SHDan
Robson
9Ollie
Fox
SH    
3 3 FHLima
Sopoaga
10Rhys
Priestland
FH 1 5
    WPaolo
Odogwu
11Aled
Brew
W    
    CJimmy
Gopperth
12Jamie
Roberts
C    
    CMalakai
Fekitoa
13Max
Wright
C    
    WZach
Kibirige
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W    
    FBMatteo
Minozzi
15Freddie
Burns
FB    
Replacements
    RHTom
Cruse
16Tom
Dunn
RH    
    RPBen
Harris
17Beno
Obano
RP    
    RPJeff
Toomaga-Allen
18Henry
Thomas
RP    
    RLThibaud
Flament
19Joshua
McNally
RL    
    RFLAshley
Johnson
20Tom
Ellis
RFL    
    RSam
Wolstenholme
21Will
Butt
R    
    RBilly
Searle
22Alex
Davies
R    
    RMichael
Le Bourgeois
23Gabriel
Hamer-Webb
RC