Bath head coach Neal Hatley believes that his side were let down by their accuracy after they fell 13-10 to Ospreys at the Rec in the LV= Cup.
Bath went into the break 10-3 up after Richard Lane and Max Lahiff crossed over. Crucially, fly-half Ollie Devoto was unable to slot home the conversions.
In the second period Ospreys gradually clawed themselves back into the game through the boot of Sam Davies who added to his first half penalty with a second ten minutes from time.
And despite a late surge at the Osprey’s line, a penalty saw fortunes reversed as Davies’ kick placed the visitors deep into Bath territory where substitute Matthew Dwyer ran in under the posts on 78 minutes for his maiden Osprey’s try and the win.
“The players are unbelievably disappointed, as you would expect,” Hatley said. “We got into their 22 maybe nine or ten times and where we’ve been very clinical this season, our accuracy let us down today.
“If you don’t put those opportunities away, you run the risk of something like that happening to you at the death.”
Midway through the first half Bath went down to 14 men after Stuart Hooper was sent to the sin-bin for deliberately killing the ball, but the Ospreys were unable to capitalise.
However when fortunes reversed and Marc Thomas was shown yellow Bath made use of the extra-man and Max Lahiff crashed over on his debut.
Osprey’s second yellow midway through the second half saw Aisea Natoga off the pitch saw the visitors hold off the Bath attack and came away with three points after Davies slotted home a penalty.
Hatley added that his back line of Sam Burgess and Matt Banahan struggled to make inroads on the attack.
“We probably need to manufacture more opportunities to get Sam and Matt in the game off our set-piece which we didn’t really do today,” he said.
“But I’m pretty confident moving forward that those guys are capable of doing what we need to do.”
Bath Rugby: Agulla, Woodburn (Arscott 57), Banahan, Burgess, Lane (Rokoduguni 40), Devoto, Homer (Cook 50), Lahiff (Obano 62), Webber (Dunn 43), Palma-Newport (Thomas 62), Hooper, Ellis, Sisi (Fearns 79), Mercer (Faosiliva 54), Fearns (Houston 66)
Ospreys: Fussell, Grabham, Spratt, Matavesi (John 49), Natoga (Dirkson 65), Davies, Roberts (Habberfield 73), Thomas (Jones D 55), Otten (Dwyer 55), Griffiths (Suter 17), Cavubati, Hughes, Cracknell, Lewis (Ardron 64), Bearman (Jones I 54)
Tries: Lane 13, Lahiff 36
Tries: Dwyer 78
Conversions: Davies 79
Penalties: Davies 18, 69
Referee: Dean Richards
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