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Pool-topping Bath Rugby see off Glasgow threat

Bath Rugby 20 v Glasgow Warriors 15

Bath Rugby topped their European Rugby Champions Cup pool with a breathtaking 20-15 win against a dangerous Glasgow Warriors side at the Rec.

Powerful running in midfield from the visitors enabled inside centre Alex Dunbar to open the scoring after just four minutes. Fly-half Finn Russell converted. 0-7.

The home side got the upper hand at the scrum throughout the first half, but had little to show for their set-piece dominance. They only registered their first points half an hour into the match, following an infringement by Glasgow at a lineout, Ford's penalty kick making it 3-7.

Ford was at it again five minutes later, adding a further three points after a lively counterattack from Anthony Watson saw Glasgow penalised at the breakdown. 6-7.

Half time: Bath Rugby 6-7 Glasgow Warriors

What had been a promising attack from Bath in the 47th minute was cut short by a knock-on from the home side, resulting in an impressive counterattack from Glasgow which led to Richie Vernon touching down in the corner. Russell missed with his conversion attempt. 6-12.

Bath took the lead for the first time in the match in the 52nd minute. Presented with a kickable penalty, they instead gave their supporters a bigger reason to cheer as Ford kicked to the corner. From there, the home side's driving maul was too strong for Glasgow, who conceded a penalty try that Ford converted. 13-12. 

The lead didn't last long though, with the home side penalised shortly after the restart; Russell's accuracy with the boot taking Glasgow two points clear. 13-15.

It was Bath's pack that got the team out of a sticky spot once more when, in the 66th minute, they were awarded a penalty not long after Watson had been held up over the line. Devoto converted to take the score to 20-15.

What followed was a back-and-forth between the two sides that left hearts in mouths at the Rec. Glasgow looked for all the world the most likely to score in the dying minutes, hammering away at Bath's tryline. The advantage only swung in Bath's favour as the indomitable Francois Louw won his team an extraordinary penalty to regain possession.

Ford kicked to touch, and from there Matt Garvey (so impactful throughout the match) won the lineout to allow the ball to be kicked out to end a thoroughly exciting match.

Full time: Bath Rugby 20-15 Glasgow Warriors

Match details

Recreation Ground
European Rugby Champions Cup
25 January 2015
KO 13:00

Attendance: 13,349
Referee: John Lacey
Half Time score: 6-7

Bath:
Conversions: Ford (52), Devoto (66)
Penalties: Ford (29, 34)
Glasgow:
Tries: Dunbar (4), Vernon (48)
Conversions: Russell (5)
Penalties: Russell (55)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Glasgow.

5'

Try for Glasgow! Bath 0 - 5 Glasgow

Alex Dunbar scores for Glasgow.

6'

Conversion! Bath 0 - 7 Glasgow

Finn Russell with a conversion for Glasgow.

6'

Substitution

Ollie Devoto replaces Kyle Eastmond for Bath.

30'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 7 Glasgow

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

35'

Penalty Goal! Bath 6 - 7 Glasgow

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 6 - 7 Glasgow.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Jerry Yanuyanutawa replaces Gordon Reid for Glasgow.

41'

Substitution

Jon Welsh replaces Michael Cusack for Glasgow.

46'

Substitution

Peter Horne replaces Alex Dunbar for Glasgow.

49'

Try for Glasgow! Bath 6 - 12 Glasgow

Richie Vernon scores for Glasgow.

50'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Paul James for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces David Wilson for Bath.

53'

Try for Bath! Bath 11 - 12 Glasgow

53'

Yellow Card!

Glasgow lose Alastair Kellock for ten minutes.

53'

Conversion! Bath 13 - 12 Glasgow

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

56'

Penalty Goal! Bath 13 - 15 Glasgow

Finn Russell kicks a penalty goal for Glasgow.

56'

Substitution

Dave Attwood replaces Dominic Day for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Peter Stringer replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Carl Fearns replaces Leroy Houston for Bath.

63'

Substitution

James Eddie replaces Alastair Kellock for Glasgow.

63'

Substitution

Sean Lamont replaces DTH Van Der Merwe for Glasgow.

66'

Substitution

Sam Burgess replaces George Ford for Bath.

67'

Try for Bath! Bath 18 - 15 Glasgow

67'

Conversion! Bath 20 - 15 Glasgow

Ollie Devoto with a conversion for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Nikola Matawalu replaces Henry Pyrgos for Glasgow.

72'

Substitution

George Ford replaces Ollie Devoto for Bath.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 20 - 15 Glasgow.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford01208
Ollie Devoto01002
Glasgow Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Richie Vernon10005
Finn Russell01105
Alex Dunbar10005
Bath v Glasgow
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PPaul
James
1Gordon
Reid
P    
    HRob
Webber
2Pat
MacArthur
H    
    PDavid
Wilson
3Michael
Cusack
P    
    LStuart
Hooper
4Jonny
Gray
L    
    LDominic
Day
5Alastair
Kellock
L    
    FLMatt
Garvey
6Leone
Nakarawa
FL    
    FLFrancois
Louw
7Fraser
Brown
FL    
    8Leroy
Houston
8Richie
Vernon
81   
    SHChris
Cook
9Henry
Pyrgos
SH    
2 1 FHGeorge
Ford
10Finn
Russell
FH 1 1
    WMatt
Banahan
11DTH
Van Der Merwe
W    
    CKyle
Eastmond
12Alex
Dunbar
C1   
    CJonathan
Joseph
13Mark
Bennett
C    
    WHoracio
Agulla
14Tommy
Seymour
W    
    FBAnthony
Watson
15Sean
Maitland
FB    
Replacements
    RHRoss
Batty
16Kevin
Bryce
R    
    RPNick
Auterac
17Jerry
Yanuyanutawa
RP    
    RPHenry
Thomas
18Jon
Welsh
RP    
    RLDave
Attwood
19James
Eddie
RL    
    R8Carl
Fearns
20Sean
Lamont
RW    
    RSHPeter
Stringer
21Nikola
Matawalu
RSH    
  1 RCOllie
Devoto
22Peter
Horne
RC    
    RFHSam
Burgess
23Peter
Murchie
R