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Match Report: Bath Rugby 27-24 London Irish

Bath Rugby 27 v London Irish 24

Match Summary - Bath Rugby 27-24 London Irish

Orlando Bailey's late kick moved Bath Rugby off the bottom of the Gallagher Premiership with a 27-24 win over London Irish.

Mike Williams and Ben Spencer's converted tries cancelled out two scores from Irish's Ben Loader and Kyle Rowe.

Hooker Agustin Creevy scored either side of half-time to put the Exiles back in front but Will Muir's finish and Bailey's boot turned the match in Bath's favour.


TEAM NEWS 

Max Clark, Taulupe Faletau and Semesa Rokoduguni all started their farewell match at the Rec with Tom Doughty and Bailey also coming in to start.

London Irish’s Sean O’Brien made his last appearance before retiring while captain Agustin Creevy returned from suspension after missing the Premiership Rugby Cup final defeat to Worcester Warriors. 

Bath Rugby: 15 Tom de Glanville, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Max Clark, 11 Joe Cokanasiga, 10 Orlando Bailey, 9 Ben Spencer; 1 Valeriy Morozov, 2 Tom Doughty, 3 Will Stuart,, 4 Mike Williams, 5 Charlie Ewels ©, 6 Miles Reid, 7 Sam Underhill, 8 Taulupe Faletau

Replacements: 16 Tom Dunn, 17 Beno Obano, 18 Ma’afu Fia, 19 Ewan Richards, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Will Muir 

London Irish: 15 Tom Parton, 14 Kyle Rowe, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Benhard van Rensburg, 11 Ben Loader, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Nick Phipps (c); 1 Will Goodrick-Clarke, 2 Agustin Creevy, 3 Ollie Hoskins, 4 George Nott, 5 Adam Coleman, 6 Ben Donnell, 7 Tom Pearson, 8 Sean O’Brien

Replacements: 16 Matt Cornish, 17 Facundo Gigena, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Chunya Munga, 20 Chandler Cunningham-South, 21 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 22 Ben White, 23 Henry Arundell


First half

Bath were bright in the opening exchanges with several ball carries earning hard yards, in particular a barnstorming one from Joe Cokanasiga.

Irish were positive in their response and but for a superb cover tackle from Rokoduguni, Loader would have grabbed the game’s opener.

The visiting wing was soon on the scoreboard, jinking his way over with the Exiles taking full advantage of their extra following Charlie Ewels’ sin binning. 

The Exiles remained on top with ball in hand. Centre Rona caused problems on the outside edge and it was his half-break that created space out wide for Rowe to finish. 

Rona and Rowe combined again soon after and Joe Cokanasiga’s last-gasp tackle knocked the wide man into touch.

Spencer’s monster 50:22 lifted the crowd and allowed Bath some go-forward and pressure, and leavers Clark and Rokoduguni linked up smartly on the touchline as the Blue, Black and White searched for first-half points. 

They got 14 in the space of a minute. Bailey’s wizardry saw him dance through a gap and his awareness gave Williams time to crash underneath the sticks.

From the kick-off, Faletau charged on and evaded a couple of tackles on his way to a two-on-one. As he has done so often, Spencer made a fantastic support line and sprinted home once found by the Welshman.

Irish had the final say of the half. They eventually broke the Bath resolve and hooker Creevy barged his way over to put the away side back in front at half-time.

SECOND HALF

Irish gained field position through a couple of penalties and another brilliant last-ditch tackle, this time from Tom de Glanville, forced Loader to knock on close to the line. 

They did cross for the second half’s first score. Creevy added his name to the scoresheet again from the back of a maul and Jackson’s conversion saw them move 10 points ahead.

A real positive for the hosts came just shy of the hour-mark as Beno Obano took to the field for the first time in seven months, and Bailey followed up with successful a kick at goal. 

Rowe then had a try disallowed before Clark’s excellent grubber was pounced upon by Muir for his eighth try of the campaign. 

Bailey’s touchline conversion levelled the game and it was the fly-half’s penalty that settled the contest late on before Rokoduguni and co got their noisy send off.


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Match details

Recreation Ground
Gallagher Premiership
21 May 2022
KO 15:00

Attendance: 14,318
Referee: Christophe Ridley
Half Time score: 14-17

Bath:
Tries: Williams (33), Spencer (35), Muir (62)
Conversions: Bailey (34, 36, 64)
Penalties: Bailey (56, 73)
Irish:
Tries: Loader (6), Rowe (19), Creevy (40, 49)
Conversions: Jackson (41, 51)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Irish.

5'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Charlie Ewels for ten minutes.

7'

Try for Irish! Bath 0 - 5 Irish

Ben Loader scores for Irish.

20'

Try for Irish! Bath 0 - 10 Irish

Kyle Rowe scores for Irish.

34'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 10 Irish

Mike Williams scores for Bath.

35'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 10 Irish

Orlando Bailey with a conversion for Bath.

36'

Try for Bath! Bath 12 - 10 Irish

Ben Spencer scores for Bath.

37'

Conversion! Bath 14 - 10 Irish

Orlando Bailey with a conversion for Bath.

41'

Try for Irish! Bath 14 - 15 Irish

Agustin Creevy scores for Irish.

42'

Conversion! Bath 14 - 17 Irish

Paddy Jackson with a conversion for Irish.

42'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 14 - 17 Irish.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

40'

Substitution

Juan Martin Gonzalez replaces Ben Donnell for Irish.

42'

Substitution

Marcel van der Merwe replaces Oli Hoskins for Irish.

43'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Tom Doughty for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Oli Hoskins replaces Marcel van der Merwe for Irish.

50'

Try for Irish! Bath 14 - 22 Irish

Agustin Creevy scores for Irish.

52'

Conversion! Bath 14 - 24 Irish

Paddy Jackson with a conversion for Irish.

52'

Substitution

Matthew Cornish replaces Agustin Creevy for Irish.

54'

Substitution

Beno Obano replaces Valery Morozov for Bath.

57'

Penalty Goal! Bath 17 - 24 Irish

Orlando Bailey kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Ben White replaces Nick Phipps for Irish.

62'

Substitution

Ewan Richards replaces Mike Williams for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Will Muir replaces Joe Cokanasiga for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Facundo Gigena replaces William Goodrick-Clarke for Irish.

63'

Substitution

Chunya Munga replaces George Nott for Irish.

63'

Try for Bath! Bath 22 - 24 Irish

Will Muir scores for Bath.

65'

Conversion! Bath 24 - 24 Irish

Orlando Bailey with a conversion for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Henry Arundell replaces Tom Parton for Irish.

68'

Substitution

Chandler Cunningham-South replaces Sean O'Brien for Irish.

71'

Substitution

Marcel van der Merwe replaces Oli Hoskins for Irish.

74'

Penalty Goal! Bath 27 - 24 Irish

Orlando Bailey kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 27 - 24 Irish.