29 - 17
KO HT +ET FT +ET

KO: 3:00PM
Sunday, May 05, 2019

Stadium Recreation Ground

Referees Luke Pearce, Hamish Smales, Wayne Falla, Rowan Kitt

Late Bath fightback breaks Wasps hearts

Wasps suffered late heartache at The Rec as Bath scored three tries in the final six minutes to secure a 29-17 bonus-point victory in the penultimate round of Gallagher Premiership action.

After Bath took an early lead through Jonathan Joseph’s converted try, Wasps responded with scores from Nizaam Carr and Nathan Hughes, both converted by Rob Miller.

A penalty apiece then made it 17-10 to Wasps at the break. That’s how it stayed until the 74th minute, but tries from Zach Mercer and Joe Cokanasiga put the home side ahead, before Mercer’s second, with the clock at zero, denied Wasps a losing-bonus point.

Wasps made a late change to their starting line-up after James Gaskell was injured in the warm-up. Will Rowlands took his place with Ben Morris coming on to the bench.

In a lengthy opening passage, Wasps showed encouraging ball retention as they took play through multiple phases. A powerful run by Hughes took them up towards the 22 but Kieran Brookes was unable to hang on to a pass and a long clearance downfield forced Willie Le Roux to go back and clear to just outside his 22. Following the lineout, Jamie Roberts took the ball into contact and quick-ball enabled Will Chudley to feed Joseph, who went through a gap to go over for the opening score and Freddie Burns added the conversion to make it 7-0 with five minutes gone.

Nine minutes later Wasps drew level after a scrum just outside the Bath 22. They moved the ball out to the blindside before Gaby Lovobalavu came back inside to jink past Chudley and go through a hole, before an offload sent Carr in for a try which Miller converted.

With 21 minutes played Brookes left the field after taking a knock to the head in a tackle on Beno Obano and Jake Cooper-Woolley took his place in the front row. Wasps immediately won a scrum penalty and found touch inside the Bath half. A slick move sent Hughes charging into the 22. He was stopped a few metres short of the line but Bath won a turnover, followed by a penalty.

Wasps came tantalisingly close to a second try after a scintillating move featuring Le Roux, Tom Cruse, Lovobalavu and Marcus Watson. When play came back infield Rowlands was met by two tacklers as he went for the scoring pass but the ball went forwards into the hands of Simon McIntyre who crossed the line.

Moments later Wasps did find their way over after Joe Launchbury made a superb one-handed take at a lineout on the 22. Lovobalavu’s short pass sent Hughes cantering in for a fine try, which Miller converted.

Bath responded with a scintillating break by Anthony Watson. As he approached the 22, he sent a kick towards Cokanasiga’s wing and Le Roux played the ball into touch, a few metres from the line.

Four minutes before half-time, Wasps were penalised at a scrum just outside their 22 and Burns’ successful kick narrowed the gap to 14-10. A storming run by Cokanasiga took play from 22 to 22, but Wasps then broke away with a stunning length-of-the-field move to send Josh Bassett over in the left corner. Frustratingly, the TMO ruled that Lovobalavu’s pass to Bassett had gone forwards and a Try of the Season contender was wiped out. There was some consolation for Wasps as they won a penalty at the ensuing scrum and Miller had a straightforward kick to give his side a 17-10 interval lead.

Seven minutes into the second-half, Burns missed a 40-metre penalty after Rowlands’ high tackle on Watson out near the left touchline. Bath remained on the attack, with Watson and Joseph both featuring prominently. Several minutes of intense pressure almost brought them a try as Mercer dived over, but Hughes got his body underneath him and he was unable to ground the ball. A magnificent defensive scrum allowed Carr to smother Mercer, who knocked on after picking up at the base, and Wasps were rewarded with a scrum of their own. It resulted in a penalty to the men in Black and Gold which lifted the siege.

Wasps then came close after Le Roux took a long kick ahead and swivelled round Mercer before breaking away down the left and kicking downfield. A footrace with Watson ended with the ball beating both of them to go dead.

With 62 minutes gone Wasps brought Tommy Taylor and Ashley Johnson on for Cruse and Launchbury, with Hughes moving up into the second row. Four minutes later, McIntyre made way for Ben Harris.

Twelve minutes from time, Bath’s replacement prop Jacques van Rooyen forced his way over, but was unable to ground the ball under pressure from Taylor and Juan de Jongh. Bath won a penalty at the ensuing scrum and turned down the kick for goal, in favour of another scrum. A series of close-range thrusts ended with a try for Mercer and a simple conversion from replacement Alex Davies levelled the scores, with just under six minutes left on the clock.

Three minutes later, Bath struck a decisive blow when Ruaridh McConnochie held off a tackle to send Cokanasiga over in the left corner.

Seconds from the end, Bath turned down a simple penalty to give themselves the chance of a try-bonus point. They were rewarded when Mercer burrowed over from close range and Kahn Fotuali’i converted to make the final score 29-17.

All eyes are now on Wasps' final game of the season v Harlequins at Ricoh Arena on Saturday 18 May (kick-off 4pm).

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Lineup

Bath Rugby
Wasps
  • Beno
    Obano
    1
    Simon
    McIntyre
  • Tom
    Dunn
    2
    Tom
    Cruse
  • Max
    Lahiff
    3
    Kieran
    Brookes
  • Dave
    Attwood
    4
    Joe
    Launchbury
  • Charlie
    Ewels
    5
    Will
    Rowlands
  • Tom
    Ellis
    6
    Brad
    Shields
  • Sam
    Underhill
    7
    Nizaam
    Carr
  • Zach
    Mercer
    8
    Nathan
    Hughes
  • Will
    Chudley
    9
    Joseph
    Simpson
  • Freddie
    Burns
    10
    Rob
    Miller
  • Ruaridh
    McConnochie
    11
    Josh
    Bassett
  • Jamie
    Roberts
    12
    Gabiriele Vododuadua
    Lovobalavu
  • Jonathan
    Joseph
    13
    Juan Leon
    de Jongh
  • Joe
    Cokanasiga
    14
    Marcus
    Watson
  • Anthony
    Watson
    15
    Willem Jacobus
    Le Roux

Replacements

  • Ross
    Batty
    16
    Tommy
    Taylor
  • Jacques
    van Rooyen
    17
    Benjamin
    Harris
  • Sam
    Nixon
    18
    Jake
    Cooper-Woolley
  • Levi
    Douglas
    19
    Ben
    Morris
  • Elliott
    Stooke
    20
    Ashley Francois
    Johnson
  • Kahn Faasega
    Fotuali'i
    21
    Craig
    Hampson
  • Alex
    Davies
    22
    Lima
    Sopoaga
  • Max
    Wright
    23
    Ross
    Neal
29 - 17
Final Whistle Blows
80'+
Conversion
Kahn Fotuali'i has kicked the conversion
29
-
17
80'+
Try
Zach Mercer has scored a try
29
-
17
79'
Replacement On
Replacement on Craig Hampson
22
-
17
79'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Joe Simpson
22
-
17
78'
Missed Conversion
Alex Davies has missed the conversion
22
-
17
78'
Try
Joe Cokanasiga has scored a try
22
-
17
74'
Conversion
Bath Rugby have kicked the conversion
17
-
17
74'
Try
Zach Mercer has scored a try
17
-
17
71'
Replacement On
Replacement on Lima Sopoaga
10
-
17
71'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Rob Miller
10
-
17
68'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Will Chudley
10
-
17
68'
Replacement On
Replacement on Kahn Fotuali'i
10
-
17
66'
Replacement On
Replacement on Ben Harris
10
-
17
66'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Simon McIntyre
10
-
17
62'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Joe Launchbury
10
-
17
62'
Replacement On
Replacement on Ashley Johnson
10
-
17
62'
Replacement On
Replacement on Tommy Taylor
10
-
17
62'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Tom Cruse
10
-
17
60'
Replacement On
Replacement on Alex Davies
10
-
17
60'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Freddie Burns
10
-
17
60'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Beno Obano
10
-
17
60'
Replacement On
Replacement on Jacques van Rooyen
10
-
17
60'
Replacement On
Replacement on Ross Batty
10
-
17
60'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Tom Dunn
10
-
17
55'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Max Lahiff
10
-
17
55'
Replacement On
Replacement on Sam Nixon
10
-
17
47'
Missed Penalty
Freddie Burns has missed the penalty
10
-
17
42'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Jamie Roberts
10
-
17
42'
Replacement On
Replacement on Max Wright
10
-
17
40'+
Penalty
Rob Miller has kicked the penalty goal
10
-
17
40'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Dave Attwood
10
-
17
40'
Replacement On
Replacement on Levi Douglas
10
-
17
36'
Penalty
Freddie Burns has kicked the penalty goal
10
-
14
29'
Conversion
Rob Miller has kicked the conversion
7
-
14
29'
Try
Nathan Hughes has scored a try
7
-
14
22'
Replacement On
Replacement on Jake Cooper-Woolley
7
-
7
22'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Kieran Brookes
7
-
7
14'
Conversion
Rob Miller has kicked the conversion
7
-
7
14'
Try
Nizaam Carr has scored a try
7
-
7
4'
Conversion
Freddie Burns has kicked the conversion
7
-
0
3'
Try
Jonathan Joseph has scored a try
5
-
0
0 - 0
Match Kicks Off

Lineup

Bath Rugby
Wasps
  • Beno
    Obano
    1
    Simon
    McIntyre
  • Tom
    Dunn
    2
    Tom
    Cruse
  • Max
    Lahiff
    3
    Kieran
    Brookes
  • Dave
    Attwood
    4
    Joe
    Launchbury
  • Charlie
    Ewels
    5
    Will
    Rowlands
  • Tom
    Ellis
    6
    Brad
    Shields
  • Sam
    Underhill
    7
    Nizaam
    Carr
  • Zach
    Mercer
    8
    Nathan
    Hughes
  • Will
    Chudley
    9
    Joseph
    Simpson
  • Freddie
    Burns
    10
    Rob
    Miller
  • Ruaridh
    McConnochie
    11
    Josh
    Bassett
  • Jamie
    Roberts
    12
    Gabiriele Vododuadua
    Lovobalavu
  • Jonathan
    Joseph
    13
    Juan Leon
    de Jongh
  • Joe
    Cokanasiga
    14
    Marcus
    Watson
  • Anthony
    Watson
    15
    Willem Jacobus
    Le Roux

Replacements

  • Ross
    Batty
    16
    Tommy
    Taylor
  • Jacques
    van Rooyen
    17
    Benjamin
    Harris
  • Sam
    Nixon
    18
    Jake
    Cooper-Woolley
  • Levi
    Douglas
    19
    Ben
    Morris
  • Elliott
    Stooke
    20
    Ashley Francois
    Johnson
  • Kahn Faasega
    Fotuali'i
    21
    Craig
    Hampson
  • Alex
    Davies
    22
    Lima
    Sopoaga
  • Max
    Wright
    23
    Ross
    Neal

Lineup

Bath Rugby
Wasps
  • Beno
    Obano
    1
    Simon
    McIntyre
  • Tom
    Dunn
    2
    Tom
    Cruse
  • Max
    Lahiff
    3
    Kieran
    Brookes
  • Dave
    Attwood
    4
    Joe
    Launchbury
  • Charlie
    Ewels
    5
    Will
    Rowlands
  • Tom
    Ellis
    6
    Brad
    Shields
  • Sam
    Underhill
    7
    Nizaam
    Carr
  • Zach
    Mercer
    8
    Nathan
    Hughes
  • Will
    Chudley
    9
    Joseph
    Simpson
  • Freddie
    Burns
    10
    Rob
    Miller
  • Ruaridh
    McConnochie
    11
    Josh
    Bassett
  • Jamie
    Roberts
    12
    Gabiriele Vododuadua
    Lovobalavu
  • Jonathan
    Joseph
    13
    Juan Leon
    de Jongh
  • Joe
    Cokanasiga
    14
    Marcus
    Watson
  • Anthony
    Watson
    15
    Willem Jacobus
    Le Roux

Replacements

  • Ross
    Batty
    16
    Tommy
    Taylor
  • Jacques
    van Rooyen
    17
    Benjamin
    Harris
  • Sam
    Nixon
    18
    Jake
    Cooper-Woolley
  • Levi
    Douglas
    19
    Ben
    Morris
  • Elliott
    Stooke
    20
    Ashley Francois
    Johnson
  • Kahn Faasega
    Fotuali'i
    21
    Craig
    Hampson
  • Alex
    Davies
    22
    Lima
    Sopoaga
  • Max
    Wright
    23
    Ross
    Neal

Lineup

Bath Rugby
Wasps
  • Beno
    Obano
    1
    Simon
    McIntyre
  • Tom
    Dunn
    2
    Tom
    Cruse
  • Max
    Lahiff
    3
    Kieran
    Brookes
  • Dave
    Attwood
    4
    Joe
    Launchbury
  • Charlie
    Ewels
    5
    Will
    Rowlands
  • Tom
    Ellis
    6
    Brad
    Shields
  • Sam
    Underhill
    7
    Nizaam
    Carr
  • Zach
    Mercer
    8
    Nathan
    Hughes
  • Will
    Chudley
    9
    Joseph
    Simpson
  • Freddie
    Burns
    10
    Rob
    Miller
  • Ruaridh
    McConnochie
    11
    Josh
    Bassett
  • Jamie
    Roberts
    12
    Gabiriele Vododuadua
    Lovobalavu
  • Jonathan
    Joseph
    13
    Juan Leon
    de Jongh
  • Joe
    Cokanasiga
    14
    Marcus
    Watson
  • Anthony
    Watson
    15
    Willem Jacobus
    Le Roux

Replacements

  • Ross
    Batty
    16
    Tommy
    Taylor
  • Jacques
    van Rooyen
    17
    Benjamin
    Harris
  • Sam
    Nixon
    18
    Jake
    Cooper-Woolley
  • Levi
    Douglas
    19
    Ben
    Morris
  • Elliott
    Stooke
    20
    Ashley Francois
    Johnson
  • Kahn Faasega
    Fotuali'i
    21
    Craig
    Hampson
  • Alex
    Davies
    22
    Lima
    Sopoaga
  • Max
    Wright
    23
    Ross
    Neal