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24 Nov 2013: Wasps v Bath Rugby

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Match Report
Bath's Badge Wasps 5
Wasps's Badge Wasps 28
Fixture Type: Aviva Premiership Venue: Adams Park
Match Date: Sun 24 Nov 2013, Kick Off: 14:00
Referee: Luke Pearce Assistant Referee: Paul Burton
TV Match Official: Sean Davey Assistant Referee: Paul Dix

Wasps well beaten by dominant Bath

Wasps’ hopes of climbing up the Premiership table were firmly dashed, in a comprehensive 28 - 5 defeat to a dominant Bath side.

Bath mounted early pressure, when George Ford sent a diagonal kick towards the corner. Josh Bassett followed it back, as it went into touch, a few metre from the flag. Wasps won the lineout, and cleared up towards the 22, but Bath produced a powerful drive from their lineout. They were stopped a few metres short of the line, but Wasps were penalised, and Ford landed an excellent kick to give his side the lead, after four minutes.

Three minutes later, Andy Goode missed a chance to level the scores, with a 45-metre kick from wide out on the left. Within a minute, he had a much easier chance, after Bath failed to gather a long kick downfield, and were caught offside. His 30-metre kick was again wide of the posts.

It was then Ford’s turn to miss, with a penalty attempt from almost on halfway. Almost immediately, Wasps turned over Bath possession, just inside their own half, before producing a mighty drive to send the visitors 15 metres back before the maul went to ground and Bath were awarded the put-in to the scrum.

After what had been a very drab opening, the game burst into life on 20 minutes when Elliot Daly joined the line and accelerated through a gap, to take play into the Bath 22. When he was pulled down Wasps won quick possession and moved the ball out towards the left, but a poor pass was knocked on and the position was lost.

Wasps then had an anxious moment, when they lost their scrum deep inside the 22. Bath attacked quickly on the blind side, but the defence held firm and Wasps were awarded the put-in when the ball was buried.

A minute later, after the Bath scrum had again put the pressure on, Ford stretched the lead with a superb 40-metre drop goal, after Bath had won untidy ball, and nothing seemed to be on.

Wasps were again put under pressure, after Goode’s diagonal kick went straight to Semesa Rokoduguni. The winger kicked down towards the corner, Goode went back to cover but was caught in possession, and Bath were awarded a scrum five metres out. They won a penalty and went for the corner, but were then penalised at the lineout enabling Wasps to clear to halfway.

Bath were soon back on the attack, after Wasps were penalised near halfway. Ford found an excellent touch at the corner, the forwards won possession and moved the ball infield.

When it was released to the backs, Ollie De Voto came on to it at speed and was stopped just short. A series of surges for the line were kept out, but Wasps conceded a series of penalties, and Phil Swainston was sent to the sin bin with four minutes of the half left to play.

The pressure eventually told, after another scrum and drive took play right up to the line. After what seemed an eternity, the ball eventually emerged from the forwards. Peter Stringer threw a poor pass to Ford, but he gathered it from his toes and fed Semesa Rokodugini, who had come in from the blindside wing at pace. He had the speed to round the defence and went over for a fine try. Ford missed the conversion, but Bath went into the break holding a deserved 11-0 lead.

Wasps made one change at the start of the second half. James Haskell replaced Nathan Hughes, who had picked up a knock early in the game and twice required treatment.

Wasps had the first scoring opportunity of the second half, when Andy Goode went for the posts with a 40-metre penalty, but he was again unable to find the target.

The next 15 minutes produced absolutely nothing to stir the crowd, but it was Bath who broke the deadlock with another steamrollering scrum, deep inside the Wasps 22. The inevitable penalty gave Ford the simplest of chances stretch the lead to 14 points.

Things immediately went from bad to worse for Wasps, when Leroy Houston shook off Tom Palmer’s tackle to charge away down the right. He made 30 metres before feeding the supporting Rokoduguni, who raced away for his second try, which Ford converted, to put his side 21-0 ahead inside the final quarter.

Wasps finally produced an attacking threat, with a length of the field attack, started by Elliot Daly deep inside the Wasps 22. Play swung out wide to the left, and Tom Palmer produced a blistering burst to take play into the Bath 22. As the ball moved back out to the right Chris Bell made a dart for the line but he was stopped just short.

With just over ten minutes left, Wasps stole possession from a Bath scrum, Charlie Davies snapped up the ball, before it was fed quickly along the line and Jonah Holmes went over in the corner. Joe Carlisle, who had replaced Andy Goode, was unable to add the extra points.

With five minutes left, Bath mounted another attack and Ford was just off target, with a 35-metre drop goal attempt. They remained camped in Wasps territory. They turned down another kickable penalty, and were rewarded when Matt Garvey went over for their third try, from a lineout near the left corner. Tom Heathcote, who had replaced Ford, landed the conversion to make the score 28-5 and that was how it stayed until the end of a miserable afternoon for the Men in Black and Gold.

Next Saturday, Wasps travel to London Irish, in the Aviva Premiership. Then it’s back to the Amlin Challenge Cup, and the back-to-back games against Grenoble. The home game is at Adams Park, on Sunday the 15th December.

Wasps Team: 15. Elliot Daly 14. Jonah Holmes 13. Ben Jacobs 12. Chris Bell (capt.) 11. Josh Bassett 10. Andy Goode 9. Joe Simpson 1. Matt Mullan 2. Carlo Festuccia 3. Phil Swainston 4. Tom Palmer 5. Kearnan Myall 6. Ashley Johnson 7. Sam Jones 8. Nathan Hughes

Replacements 16. Neil Cochrane 17. Simon McIntyre 18. Will Taylor 19. Joe Launchbury 20. James Haskell 21. Guy Thompson 22. Charlie Davies 23. Joe Carlisle

Bath Team 15. Nick Abendanon 14. Semesa Rokoduguni 13. Jonathan Joseph 12. Ollie Devoto 11. Matt Banahan 10. George Ford 9. Peter Stringer 1. Nathan Catt 2. Rob Webber 3. David Wilson 4. Stuart Hooper ( c ) 5. Dave Attwood 6. Matt Garvey 7. Carl Fearns 8. Leroy Houston

Replacements 16. Ross Batty 17. Charlie Beech 18. Juan Pablo Orlandi 19. Dominic Day 20. Will Skuse 21. Martin Roberts 22. Tom Heathcote 23. Anthony Watson