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14 Sep 2002: Wasps v Bath

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Match Report
Bath's Badge Bath Rugby 27
Wasps's Badge Wasps 27
Fixture Type: Zurich Premiership Venue: Recreation Ground
Match Date: Sat 14 Sep 2002, Kick Off: 14:00
Referee: Nigel Whitehouse

London Wasps held to draw

An injury-time drop goal from Alex King saved London Wasps last weekend, as they were held to a 27-27 draw at Bath.

King slotted the drop goal deep into injury time to secure the draw, but Wasps were disappointed at only securing the draw and not the win, especially after leading 24-9, and having the bulk of possession.

The first half started off rather quietly with Bath fly half Chris Malone opening the scoring with a penalty after seven minutes and then adding another after 20 minutes. It took Wasps 24 minutes to get onto the score sheet when King converted his first penalty to make it 6-3. Wasps continued the pressure and were rewarded with a try when King caught the Bath defence unaware by kicking the ball across field where fullback Shane Roiser caught it, Roiser laid-off to Lewsey who dived over to score.

King made no mistake with the conversion and Wasps were ahead 6-10 after 38 minutes.

On the stroke of half-time, winger Shane Roiser intercepted the Bath backline and ran all of 80m, to lay off to Lewsey again, who scored his second try of the afternoon. King's conversion sent the sides in with Wasps leading 17-6 at the break.


In the second half, Wasps were awarded a penalty try by referee Nigel Whitehouse after Phil Greening was impeded off the ball by Bath prop David Barnes and King slotted the simple conversion.

Wasps looked like they were heading for their second win of the season but 18 unanswered points from Bath, including tries from centre Mike Tindall and USA flanker Dan Lyle deep into injury, stole the lead and completed the Bath comeback.

The home crowd went wild after Bath took the lead but 'Kinger' had other ideas, as he calmly slotted a drop goal and levelled the points at 27 apiece.

Rob Howley received man of the match and the draw dropped Wasps to 6th position on the Zurich Premiership log.