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Welsh wounded by seven-try Bath

Bath Rugby 53 v London Welsh 26

A record-breaking home crowd of 12,755 witnessed Bath Rugby make it two from two in the Aviva Premiership with an emphatic 53-26 win against London Welsh at the Rec this afternoon.

The home side scored seven tries (including a brace for both wing Semesa Rokoduguni and centre Jonathan Joseph) in the victory against the Premiership newcomers. The first came in under two minutes as scrum-half Chris Cook - in the first Premiership start of his career - touched down after enterprising work from the clever-passing George Ford and the rampant Carl Fearns. Ford converted the try he started to make it 7-0 to Bath.

If it was thought London Welsh would be a pushover after their heavy opening round loss, that thought was dispelled two minutes later, when the visitors counter-rucked in Bath's 22 and scored through second row Pete Browne. The conversion of fly-half and captain Olly Barkley, on his first appearance at the Rec since leaving Bath in 2012, drew the scores level. 7-7.

Rokoduguni scored the first of his two tries as the opening quarter drew to a close, following quick ball out to his right wing. Ford added the extras. 14-7.

Bath had seemingly complicated their try-scoring efforts after their second try, but Joseph opted to take matters into his own hands after half an hour, chipping through and touching down. Ford then took Bath to two converted scores ahead of Welsh. 21-7.

Again, Welsh endeavoured to bounce back, this time through Stegmann, whose try was converted by Barkley. 24-14.

Ford nudged Bath further ahead on the stroke of half time with a penalty, to give the home team a 13-point lead.

Half time: Bath Rugby 27 - London Welsh 14

Six minutes into the second half, and with Bath camped on the Welsh tryline, Cook was almost tempted to send the ball wide. As it was, he had Leroy Houston on his shoulder, the number eight stepping and diving in for the try, converted by Ford. 34-14.

Welsh now seemed down and out, but one of the best tries of the match (for the neutral) was to come only moments later. Inside his own 22, Welsh wing Seb Jewell passed to his namesake Stegmann, who was somewhat isolated. Jewell wisely stepped back inside and somehow slipped a tackle which allowed him to run almost three quarters of the pitch before a series of passes saw Jewell score under the posts. Barkley converted. 34-21.

It looked like Welsh were going to score another length-of-the-field score from their 22, but it was snuffed out by Rokoduguni, who intercepted a careless pass and sprinted 20m to score. With Ford's conversion on song, Bath now led 41-21.

On the hour mark, an overthrown lineout by Bath gave Welsh flanker Lachlan McCaffrey an easy run to the tryline. The conversion by Barkley drifted wide, and the score was now 41-26.

Rokoduguni made one of the breaks of the day with ten minutes left to play, powering through tackles to give Bath the perfect field position for the increasingly dangerous Joseph to dance over for his second - and Bath's sixth - try. Now it was Ford's turn to miss for the only time in the match. 46-26. 

Bath were more prosaic in their final try: their strong scrum gave them a penalty from which the juggernaut Fearns dotted down under the posts. Ford stroked the ball over for the final points of the match.

Final Score: Bath Rugby 53 - 26 London Welsh

Match details

Recreation Ground
Aviva Premiership
13 September 2014
KO 15:00

Attendance: 12,755
Referee: Matthew Carley
Half Time score: 27-14

Bath:
Tries: Cook (1), Rokoduguni (20, 55), Joseph (32, 71), Houston (45), Fearns (76)
Conversions: Ford (2, 21, 33, 46, 56, 76)
Penalties: Ford (7, 40)
Welsh:
Tries: Browne (4), Stegmann (38), Jewell (51), McCaffrey (58)
Conversions: Barkley (5, 39, 52)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Welsh.

2'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 0 Welsh

Chris Cook scores for Bath.

3'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 0 Welsh

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

5'

Try for Welsh! Bath 7 - 5 Welsh

Pete Browne scores for Welsh.

6'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 7 Welsh

Olly Barkley with a conversion for Welsh.

8'

Penalty Goal! Bath 10 - 7 Welsh

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

21'

Try for Bath! Bath 15 - 7 Welsh

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

22'

Conversion! Bath 17 - 7 Welsh

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

29'

Substitution

Alafoti Fa'osiliva replaces Carl Fearns for Bath.

30'

Substitution

Nathan Vella replaces for Welsh.

33'

Try for Bath! Bath 22 - 7 Welsh

Jonathan Joseph scores for Bath.

34'

Conversion! Bath 24 - 7 Welsh

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

36'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces Nathan Vella for Bath.

36'

Substitution

Nathan Morris replaces for Welsh.

36'

Substitution

Matt Banahan replaces Anthony Watson for Bath.

37'

Substitution

Carl Fearns replaces Alafoti Fa'osiliva for Bath.

39'

Try for Welsh! Bath 24 - 12 Welsh

Seb Stegmann scores for Welsh.

40'

Conversion! Bath 24 - 14 Welsh

Olly Barkley with a conversion for Welsh.

40'

Substitution

Tom May replaces Tim Molenaar for Welsh.

41'

Penalty Goal! Bath 27 - 14 Welsh

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 27 - 14 Welsh.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

46'

Try for Bath! Bath 32 - 14 Welsh

Leroy Houston scores for Bath.

47'

Conversion! Bath 34 - 14 Welsh

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Shane Cahill replaces Ricky Reeves for Welsh.

52'

Try for Welsh! Bath 34 - 19 Welsh

Seb Jewell scores for Welsh.

53'

Substitution

Jack Gilding replaces for Welsh.

53'

Conversion! Bath 34 - 21 Welsh

Olly Barkley with a conversion for Welsh.

53'

Substitution

Dean Schofield replaces Matt Corker for Welsh.

53'

Substitution

Alafoti Fa'osiliva replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Paul James for Bath.

56'

Try for Bath! Bath 39 - 21 Welsh

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Dominic Day replaces Stuart Hooper for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

57'

Conversion! Bath 41 - 21 Welsh

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

59'

Try for Welsh! Bath 41 - 26 Welsh

Lachlan McCaffrey scores for Welsh.

61'

Substitution

Nathan Vella replaces for Welsh.

62'

Substitution

Ollie Devoto replaces Kyle Eastmond for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Ben Pienaar replaces Ollie Stedman for Welsh.

69'

Substitution

Rob Lewis replaces Piri Weepu for Welsh.

72'

Try for Bath! Bath 46 - 26 Welsh

Jonathan Joseph scores for Bath.

76'

Substitution

Dave Attwood replaces Stuart Hooper for Bath.

77'

Try for Bath! Bath 51 - 26 Welsh

Carl Fearns scores for Bath.

77'

Conversion! Bath 53 - 26 Welsh

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

80'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 53 - 26 Welsh.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford062018
Jonathan Joseph200010
Semesa Rokoduguni200010
Carl Fearns10005
Leroy Houston10005
Chris Cook10005
Welsh Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Olly Barkley03006
Pete Browne10005
Lachlan McCaffrey10005
Seb Stegmann10005
Seb Jewell10005
Bath v Welsh
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PPaul
James
1Ricky
Reeves
P    
    HRob
Webber
2Nathan
Morris
H    
    PDavid
Wilson
3Taione
Vea
P    
    LStuart
Hooper
4Pete
Browne
L1   
    LDave
Attwood
5Matt
Corker
L    
   1FLCarl
Fearns
6Lachlan
McCaffrey
FL1   
    FLGuy
Mercer
7Richard
Thorpe
FL    
   18Leroy
Houston
8Ollie
Stedman
8    
   1SHChris
Cook
9Piri
Weepu
SH    
2 6 FHGeorge
Ford
10Olly
Barkley
FH 3  
    WAnthony
Watson
11Nick
Scott
W    
    CKyle
Eastmond
12Tim
Molenaar
C    
   2CJonathan
Joseph
13Nic
Reynolds
C    
   2WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Seb
Stegmann
W1   
    FBLuke
Arscott
15Seb
Jewell
FB1   
Replacements
    RHTom
Dunn
16Nathan
Vella
R    
    RPNick
Auterac
17Shane
Cahill
RP    
    RHenry
Thomas
18Jack
Gilding
R    
    RLDominic
Day
19Dean
Schofield
RL    
    RFLAlafoti
Fa'osiliva
20Ben
Pienaar
R8    
    RPeter
Stringer
21Rob
Lewis
RSH    
    RCOllie
Devoto
22Tristan
Roberts
R    
    RWMatt
Banahan
23Tom
May
RC