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Two-try Houston helps hoist Bath Rugby to third

London Welsh 14 v Bath Rugby 29

A brace of tries from Leroy Houston helped Bath Rugby to a bonus point 14-29 win against London Welsh at the Kassam Stadium this afternoon, which moves the Club to third in the Aviva Premiership table.

Bath had gone close to scoring twice before in the opening minutes, but they were only able to land the first blow in the eleventh: a rolling maul allowing the tailgating Rob Webber to touch down in the corner. The wind being as strong as it was, Tom Homer's conversion attempt in the face of the elements fell just short. 

Houston then scored a superb solo effort, taking the ball at the front of Bath's lineout in the home 22 and sprinting up the wing - not before palming off a defender - to score Bath's second try. The force of the wind again managed to take the power out of Homer's conversion attempt, blowing the ball back and denying Bath a further two points. 0-10. 

Welsh responded in the 26th minute when, awarded a penalty in front of Bath's posts, they took a quick tap and, after some heavy defensive hitting from Bath, centre Nic Reynolds found a gap to score. Fly-half Tristan Roberts converted to make it 7-10. 

Bath weren't able to make their set-piece dominance tell at the close of the second half, in spite of repeated scrum penalties awarded to them around the halfway mark, and the first half ended as the rain took a torrential turn. 

Half time: London Welsh 7 - 10 Bath Rugby  

Less than 10 minutes into the second half, Bath had Welsh under the cosh inside the home 22. At the Welsh throw-in, Bath were quick to steal the ball, hooker Rob Webber and blinside Carl Fearns making good yards before Sam Burgess broke through two tackles to score. Homer converted. 7-17. 

Bath continued to assert their superiority at the scrum, and as the final quarter approached, they opted again and again to pack down as Welsh were penalised. After three such penalties at the same scrum, Houston powered through for his second try of the match. The conversion was missed. 7-22. 

The visitors struck a hammer blow by scoring almost immediately after the restart, when Fearns intercepted a pass inside the Welsh half, quickly popped to Matt Garvey, who found Alafoti Faosiliva to score the bonus point try. This time, with the wind at his back, Homer calmly slotted the two-pointer. 7-29

Welsh's final response came, fittingly, from their standount player, number eight Opeti Fenua, who barged over in the 75th minute. Replacement Will Robinson made the impressive kick of the afternoon from the touchline to add the extras. 

Full time: London Welsh 14 - 29 Bath Rugby

 

Match details

Kassam Stadium
Aviva Premiership
29 March 2015
KO 14:30

Referee: Tom Foley
Half Time score: 7-10

Welsh:
Tries: Reynolds (25), Fonua (75)
Conversions: Roberts (27), Robinson (76)
Bath:
Tries: Webber (11), Houston (21, 64), Burgess (46), Fa'osiliva (66)
Conversions: Homer (47, 67)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Welsh and Bath.

12'

Try for Bath! Welsh 0 - 5 Bath

Rob Webber scores for Bath.

22'

Try for Bath! Welsh 0 - 10 Bath

Leroy Houston scores for Bath.

26'

Try for Welsh! Welsh 5 - 10 Bath

Nic Reynolds scores for Welsh.

27'

Conversion! Welsh 7 - 10 Bath

Tristan Roberts with a conversion for Welsh.

34'

Yellow Card!

Welsh lose Nathan Trevett for ten minutes.

34'

Substitution

Richard Thorpe replaces Lachlan McCaffrey for Welsh.

37'

Substitution

Eddie Aholelei replaces Opeti Fonua for Welsh.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Welsh 7 - 10 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

40'

Substitution

Lachlan McCaffrey replaces Richard Thorpe for Welsh.

45'

Substitution

Opeti Fonua replaces Eddie Aholelei for Welsh.

46'

Substitution

Matt Garvey replaces Carl Kirwan for Bath.

47'

Try for Bath! Welsh 7 - 15 Bath

Sam Burgess scores for Bath.

48'

Substitution

Matt Banahan replaces Semesa Rokoduguni for Bath.

48'

Conversion! Welsh 7 - 17 Bath

Tom Homer with a conversion for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Nathan Morris replaces Koree Britton for Welsh.

59'

Substitution

Ben West replaces James Down for Welsh.

62'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

64'

Substitution

Horacio Agulla replaces Kyle Eastmond for Bath.

65'

Try for Bath! Welsh 7 - 22 Bath

Leroy Houston scores for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Jack Gilding replaces Ben Cooper for Welsh.

67'

Substitution

Eddie Aholelei replaces Nathan Trevett for Welsh.

67'

Substitution

David Sisi replaces Leroy Houston for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Micky Young for Bath.

67'

Try for Bath! Welsh 7 - 27 Bath

Alafoti Fa'osiliva scores for Bath.

68'

Conversion! Welsh 7 - 29 Bath

Tom Homer with a conversion for Bath.

69'

Substitution

Beno Obano replaces Nick Auterac for Bath.

69'

Substitution

James Lewis replaces Seb Stegmann for Welsh.

69'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Kane Palma-Newport for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Paul Rowley replaces Rob Lewis for Welsh.

70'

Substitution

Will Robinson replaces Tristan Roberts for Welsh.

76'

Try for Welsh! Welsh 12 - 29 Bath

Opeti Fonua scores for Welsh.

77'

Conversion! Welsh 14 - 29 Bath

Will Robinson with a conversion for Welsh.

80'

Yellow Card!

Welsh lose Dean Schofield for ten minutes.

82'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Welsh 14 - 29 Bath.

Welsh Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Opeti Fonua10005
Nic Reynolds10005
Tristan Roberts01002
Will Robinson01002
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Leroy Houston200010
Rob Webber10005
Alafoti Fa'osiliva10005
Sam Burgess10005
Tom Homer02004
Welsh v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PNathan
Trevett
1Nick
Auterac
P    
    HKoree
Britton
2Rob
Webber
H1   
    PBen
Cooper
3Kane
Palma-Newport
P    
    LDean
Schofield
4Stuart
Hooper
L    
    LJames
Down
5Dominic
Day
L    
    FLLachlan
McCaffrey
6Carl
Fearns
FL    
    FLCarl
Kirwan
7Alafoti
Fa'osiliva
FL1   
   18Opeti
Fonua
8Leroy
Houston
82   
    SHRob
Lewis
9Micky
Young
SH    
  1 FHTristan
Roberts
10Ollie
Devoto
FH    
    WAlan
Awcock
11Olly
Woodburn
W    
    CTom
May
12Kyle
Eastmond
C    
   1CNic
Reynolds
13Sam
Burgess
C1   
    WSeb
Stegmann
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W    
    FBSeb
Jewell
15Tom
Homer
FB 2  
Replacements
    RHNathan
Morris
16Ross
Batty
RH    
    R8Eddie
Aholelei
17Beno
Obano
RP    
    RPJack
Gilding
18Max
Lahiff
RP    
    RLBen
West
19Matt
Garvey
RFL    
    RFLRichard
Thorpe
20David
Sisi
R8    
    RSHPaul
Rowley
21Chris
Cook
RSH    
  1 RFHWill
Robinson
22Matt
Banahan
RW    
    RWJames
Lewis
23Horacio
Agulla
RC