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Rokoduguni rocks the Rec with try double

Bath Rugby 21 v Newcastle Falcons 19

Two excellent tries from Semesa Rokoduguni and an exhaustive defensive effort helped Bath Rugby to a 21-19 victory at the Rec tonight, seeing off the advances of the battling Newcastle Falcons. 

Falcons appeared to have the upper hand for most of the first half, their loosehead Rob Vickers barging over for a try in the 13th minute after fly-half Mike Delany had kicked a penalty to the corner. Delany converted Vickers' score for a seven-point lead.  

Approaching the half hour, lock Dom Day stole a Falcons lineout and Bath went wide, taking play into the visitors' half. From there they were awarded a penalty at the breakdwon. At the resulting home lineout, Bath fly-half Ollie Devoto put in a crossfield kick that Semesa Rokoduguni - showing all the skill of Zlatan Ibrahimovic - controlled the ball with his foot, then gathered it to score. 

Bath fullback Tom Homer converted Rokoduguni's remarkable try to level the scores. 7-7. 

Mere minutes later, the influential Francois Louw ran confidently into the wide channel, drew the defender and passed to Rokoduguni. Showing a true nose for the line, Rokoduguni turned on the after-burners, his pace enabling him to evade the two Falcons defenders and score his second try of the night. The conversion from out on the right was missed. 

Half-time: Bath Rugby 12-7 Newcastle Falcons

Delany reduced the deficit with a 46th minute penalty as Bath were pinged at the scrum. 12-10. 

Shortly after, a superb passage of attack started by a brilliant Matt Banahan pass to the indefatigable Leroy Houston put Bath in a position where they were awarded a kickable penalty. And so it proved for Homer, who made it 15-10.

Falcons struck back promptly as Bath were penalised for not rolling away, and Delany made it 15-13. 

As the clock showed 60 minutes, Louw was sent to sin bin and, although his absence didn't immediately result in three points for Falcons, Delany kicked a penalty a minute or so later that gave the visitors a 15-16 lead. 

Tighthead Henry Thomas joined Louw in the since bin in the 65th minute, and Delany extended Falcons' lead by four points. 15-19.

With just over ten minutes remaining, Bath were back within a single point of Falcons after Homer knocked over a penalty which was doubly buoyant for Bath since Louw returned to the field from his sin binning. 18-19.

It was then time for Falcons to go down to 14 men as replacement hooker Scott Lawson was shown yellow. Homer's penalty was from out wide on the right, but he nailed it effortlessly to give Bath the lead with seven minutes to go. 

Bath's grit and determination to hold onto the win in the final minutes was typified by the efforts of Chris Cook and Max Clark, who respectively charged down successive drop goal attempts from the ever-dangerous Delany. 

Delany made took one last go at three points, but watched as his kick fell short of the crossbar, which was the final act of the match.

Full-time: Bath Rugby 21-19 Newcastle Falcons

Match details

Recreation Ground
Aviva Premiership
18 March 2016
KO 19:45

Attendance: 12,811
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
Half Time score: 12-7

Bath:
Tries: Rokoduguni (30, 37)
Conversions: Homer (31)
Penalties: Homer (54, 68, 72)
Falcons:
Tries: Vickers (12)
Conversions: Delany (13)
Penalties: Delany (48, 57, 60, 65)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Falcons.

13'

Try for Falcons! Bath 0 - 5 Falcons

Rob Vickers scores for Falcons.

14'

Conversion! Bath 0 - 7 Falcons

Mike Delany with a conversion for Falcons.

31'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 7 Falcons

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

32'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 7 Falcons

Tom Homer with a conversion for Bath.

38'

Try for Bath! Bath 12 - 7 Falcons

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

42'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 12 - 7 Falcons.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

49'

Penalty Goal! Bath 12 - 10 Falcons

Mike Delany kicks a penalty goal for Falcons.

49'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces David Wilson for Bath.

55'

Penalty Goal! Bath 15 - 10 Falcons

Tom Homer kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Micky Young replaces Sonatane Takulua for Falcons.

58'

Penalty Goal! Bath 15 - 13 Falcons

Mike Delany kicks a penalty goal for Falcons.

58'

Substitution

Horacio Agulla replaces Semesa Rokoduguni for Bath.

58'

Substitution

Sean Robinson replaces Mouritz Botha for Falcons.

59'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Francois Louw for ten minutes.

60'

Substitution

Nathan Catt replaces Max Lahiff for Bath.

61'

Penalty Goal! Bath 15 - 16 Falcons

Mike Delany kicks a penalty goal for Falcons.

64'

Substitution

Charlie Ewels replaces Stuart Hooper for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Scott Lawson replaces George McGuigan for Falcons.

65'

Substitution

Kensuke Hatakeyama replaces Taione Vea for Falcons.

65'

Substitution

Alex Rogers replaces Rob Vickers for Falcons.

65'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Henry Thomas for ten minutes.

66'

Penalty Goal! Bath 15 - 19 Falcons

Mike Delany kicks a penalty goal for Falcons.

69'

Penalty Goal! Bath 18 - 19 Falcons

Tom Homer kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Belisario Agulla replaces Juan Pablo Socino for Falcons.

71'

Substitution

Ally Hogg replaces Nili Latu for Falcons.

72'

Yellow Card!

Falcons lose Scott Lawson for ten minutes.

73'

Penalty Goal! Bath 21 - 19 Falcons

Tom Homer kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

74'

Substitution

George McGuigan replaces Will Welch for Falcons.

74'

Substitution

David Wilson replaces Matt Garvey for Bath.

75'

Substitution

Matt Garvey replaces David Wilson for Bath.

82'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 21 - 19 Falcons.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Tom Homer013011
Semesa Rokoduguni200010
Falcons Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Mike Delany014014
Rob Vickers10005
Bath v Falcons
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PMax
Lahiff
1Rob
Vickers
P1   
    HRob
Webber
2George
McGuigan
H    
    PDavid
Wilson
3Taione
Vea
P    
    LStuart
Hooper
4Mouritz
Botha
L    
    LDominic
Day
5Calum
Green
L    
    FLMatt
Garvey
6Mark
Wilson
FL    
    FLFrancois
Louw
7Will
Welch
FL    
    8Leroy
Houston
8Nili
Latu
8    
    SHChris
Cook
9Sonatane
Takulua
SH    
    FHOllie
Devoto
10Mike
Delany
FH 1 4
    WJeff
Williams
11Marcus
Watson
W    
    CMatt
Banahan
12Juan Pablo
Socino
C    
    CKyle
Eastmond
12Juan Pablo
Socino
C    
    CMax
Clark
13Chris
Harris
C    
   2WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Giovanbattista
Venditti
W    
3 1 FBTom
Homer
15Simon
Hammersley
FB    
Replacements
    RTom
Dunn
16Scott
Lawson
RH    
    RPNathan
Catt
17Alex
Rogers
RP    
    RPHenry
Thomas
18Kensuke
Hatakeyama
RP    
    RLCharlie
Ewels
19Sean
Robinson
RL    
    RGuy
Mercer
20Ally
Hogg
R8    
    RJonathan
Evans
21Micky
Young
RSH    
    RWill
Homer
22Craig
Willis
R    
    RWHoracio
Agulla
23Belisario
Agulla
RC