Home Premiership 2017-18 Wasps hold out against Bath

Wasps hold out against Bath


Wasps moved up to second place in the Premiership standings after winning a thrilling fixture 31-26 against Bath at the Recreation Ground.

The victory saw Marcus Watson (2), Dan Robson, Juan de Jongh and Gaby Lovobalavu score tries while Danny Cipriani kicked six points.

In reply Bath’s try scorers were Rhys Priestland, Jack Wilson, Paul Grant and Zach Mercer as they got two points from the home negative.

Wasps were rampant from the outset as Bath looked in danger of being cast adrift with a quarter of the match gone, trailing 19-0 at home.

The first try came in the eighth minute when Wasps’ dominance of territory was rewarded when Willie le Roux’s nice offload out the tackle saw Watson go in, capping a move initiated by Robson sniping blind off the ruck. Cipriani converted from wide out to make it a 7-0 cushion.

That became 14 eight minutes later as Robson darted through from close range before on 18 minutes carries from Tom Cruse, Nizaam Carr and Joe Launchbury resulted in Watson finishing off in the corner for his second. Cipriani missed the conversion attempt so it was 19-0.

Watson was then sent to the sin-bin for a deliberate knock-on and Bath began to claw their way back into the match, with a big scrum leading to Kahn Fotual’i finding Priestland, who crossed from close range. He slotted the conversion and Bath fans had something to cheer.

Crucially before the break the hosts grabbed another try, this time Wilson getting over in the corner before Priestland cooly made it 19-14.

Unfortunately for Bath, Wasps came out strongly after the break and Robson’s run saw De Jongh cross for what was their bonus-point try.

At 26-14 down Bath needed to score next and did when several carries led to Grant going over. But once again Wasps went over soon after, as this time it was late call-up to the side, Lovobalavu, crossing as Dai Young’s outfit were now in a strong position at 31-19 to the good.

The fixture was far from over though and when Mercer scored under the posts, with Priestland’s easy extras, Bath were only 31-26 down.

Wasps could have wrapped up the five points on 75 minutes but a fumble from lock Launchbury near to the line handed Bath a lifeline. But Bath were unable to make their visitors pay and had to settle for a losing bonus and try bonus-point in a thoroughly entertaining contest.

The scorers:

For Bath:
Tries: Priestland, Wilson, Grant, Mercer
Cons: Priestland 3

For Wasps:
Tries: Watson 2, Robson, De Jongh, Lovobalavu
Cons: Cipriani 3
Yellow Cards: Watson, Le Roux

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  1. Messerschmitt Willie LeRoux is thisclose to being knighted due to his play.
    He is bringing about a RENISSANCE of Rugby Union in dreary UK.

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