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02 Dec 2001: Wasps v Bath

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Match Report
Wasps's Badge Wasps 23
Bath's Badge Bath Rugby 10
Fixture Type: Zurich Premiership Venue: Loftus Road
Match Date: Sun 02 Dec 2001, Kick Off: 15:00
Referee: David McHugh

London Wasps vs Bath - 1st XV results and match report

London Wasps with players returning from the injury list produced an impressive performance to lift themselves off the bottom of the table against fellow early season strugglers, Bath.

The first half showed Wasps returning to the all action attacking style from last season which served them so well, playing with pace and multi phase continuity. However, the second showed that confidence has not fully returned and Wasps had to work hard to secure this very valuable win.

The first score came courtesy of a penalty try after the referee ruled a Wasps driving maul from a lineout close to the Bath line was pulled down illegally. This was indeed justice, as moments earlier Martin Offiah on for the injured Shane Roiser had been held back off the ball when about to move onto a try scoring pass. This score put Wasps 7 points up, Alex King adding the conversion and playing with ambition and confidence. Josh Lewsey back from injury and Joe Worsley returning from successful England duty continued to make big inroads into the Bath defence with storming runs. The highlight of the match and strong candidate for try of the season came mid way through the first half. Starting deep inside the Wasp half, Ian Jones expertly stole a Bath lineout, Phil Greening reacted quickly feeding Alex King. King shaped to kicked, glided through a space and launched the attack. Forwards and backs exchanged passes up to the Bath 22. A quick ruck ball sent Mark Denney through towards the posts with Joe Worsley on hand to finish off an excellent team try. King again added the conversion to take Wasps into a 14 &ndash 0 lead. The try showed the quality within the team and restored a great deal of confidence amongst the Wasps supporters. The half ended with King and Matt Perry of Bath exchanging penalties, taking the score to 17-3 in Wasps favour.

Wasps would probably have liked the game to have ended then, however the Premiership is very competitive and Bath raised their game in the second half, desperate for league points. The game became a little scrappy and error strewn, resulting in a soft try to Bath from a Wasps miss thrown lineout. This put pressure back onto the Wasps team but strong defence held Bath at bay and Wasps gradually restored control. Kenny Logan landed two further penalties to make the game safe, finishing 23-10.

This good home win should act as a launching pad for the remainder of the season, with players returning to full fitness and confidence starting to build strongly within the squad. We can now all look forward to a very exciting and competitive second half of the season, with Wasps playing attacking rugby and showing the capacity to compete with all the premiership teams.