Fixtures - Top Bar

Match Reaction: Bath Rugby 47 London Welsh 7

MattBanahanBathWelLV1005SB14

Bath Rugby forwards coach Toby Booth singled out the leadership of Charlie Ewels after the youngster led his side to a comfortable win over London Welsh in their opening LV= Cup fixture.

The England U20s lock skippered a youthful Bath side to a 47-7 victory at the Rec despite previously starting one game for the senior team as they beat Welsh for the second time this year.

Fellow academy product Max Northcote-Green twice dotted down as Olly Woodburn, Matt Banahan, Richard Lane, Marcus Garratt also scored in addition to a penalty try.

Bath’s had wrapped up a bonus point by the time the whistle blew for half-time and they ultimately matched their seven-try tally from September’s Aviva Premiership Rugby triumph over the Exiles.

There were 13 changes from the team that day and Booth could barely contain his delight at the professional display by his largely inexperienced side.

“We can be very proud of the performance because we were pretty dominant from the outset,” he said. “We spoke beforehand about the fundamentals of the game.

“We were very solid up front but we knew that we had to get a grip of the game before we could kick on.

“You have to start with the captain. I'm sure there were a few eyebrows raised – especially when you look at the personnel around him.

“That was a strategic decision. We are trying to develop people for the long-term as well as for the short-term.

“Charlie captained the A League side very well – he's got good leadership potential. We thought we'd reward him for that but we didn't expose him too much and there were some serious 'lieutenants' kicking around to help him out.

“I thought he captained the side exceptionally well. Sometimes that can affect your own performance but, two weeks running, he has produced very solid performances. That bodes well for us as a club.”

Former Bath winger Nick Scott provided a moment of cheer for Exiles fans when he went over in the corner after 60 minutes but that score provided brief respite in a long game for the visitors.

The match was over as a contest before half-time as London Welsh went into the interval 30-0 down but their second-half display was much-improved.

And assistant coach Ollie Smith was keen to focus on the positives from after the interval even though his team’s losing streak in all competitions now sits at nine games.

“We played with some fluidity to our attack and got to the gain line and actually put Bath under a little bit of pressure,” he said.

“Unfortunately, if you concede 30 points in the first half, then it's always going to be very tough.

“It was frustrating being penalised so much at scrum time. It was our own mistakes and our own fault that we conceded so many points.

“Bath are a good side and if you gift them tries you're making life really hard for yourself. And that's been the story of our season so far, really.”
 
Bath Rugby: Arscott; Woodburn (Lane, 69), Banahan, Devoto, Agulla (Clark, 67); Henson, Cook (Young, 46); Auterac (Catt, 46), Batty (Dunn, 50), Palma-Newport (Orlandi, 50), Ellis (Garratt, 69), Ewels (c), Northcote-Green (Woolstencroft, 60), Mercer, Sisi.
 
London Welsh: Elder; Crane, Reynolds, May (c), Scott (Field, 65); Roberts (Robinson, 55), Lewis (Rowley, 65); Henn (Cooper, 65), Morris (Britton, 43), Aholelei (Vea, 43), West (McNally, 53) Down, Browne, Vella, Pienaar. 
Not used: Browne
 
Scorers

Bath Rugby
Tries: Northcote-Green 2, Woodburn, penalty, Banahan, Lane, Garratt 
Conversions: Henson 3 
Penalties: Henson 2
 
London Welsh
Try: Scott 
Conversion: Robinson
 
Referee: Dave Procter
Attendance: 13,353

Be part of the rugby family at the LV= Cup Final at Franklin's Gardens, Northampton on Sunday 22 March. Visit www.northamptonsaints.co.uk for tickets.
 

Latest News

Match Reaction: Sale Sharks 3 Exeter Chiefs 21

Rob Baxter hailed Exeter Chiefs' defensive display after they earned a third Aviva Premiership Rugby win in a row with…

DM1_7730

Match Report: Sale Sharks 3 Exeter Chiefs 21

Three first-half tries saw Exeter Chiefs move into the top four of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table after a scrappy…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Born-and-bred Worcester Warrior Jonny Arr up for jersey fight

Jonny Arr is on the brink of bringing up his 100th Aviva Premiership Rugby appearance for Worcester Warriors – but…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

100th Harlequins appearance ‘would be special’, says hooker Dave Ward

Harlequins hooker Dave Ward has said it would be “something special” if he made his 100th appearance for the club on…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Saints team named for derby day

The Northampton Saints team has been announced for Saturday’s East Midlands derby with Leicester. Ben Foden will lead the side…

JJ Hanrahan

Wasps team for Worcester Warriors

Dai Young has named his side to make the short trip to Sixways this Sunday, to take on Worcester Warriors…

Wasps

Internationals return for Bath Rugby

Five of Bath Rugby’s international contingent have returned to the starting line-up for their Aviva Premiership match-up with Saracens tomorrow…

Taulupe Faletau

Leicester Tigers team news for Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 10

Logovi'i Mulipola and JP Pietersen return from international duty to join the Leicester Tigers line-up for Saturday's East Midlands derby…

Kitto

Saracens name team to face Bath

Saracens have named their team to face Bath at the Recreational Ground for Saturday’s round ten Aviva Premiership clash, kick-off…

Maro Itoje

Potgieter to lead Warriors against Wasps

Flanker Dewald Potgieter will skipper Warriors this Sunday as they take on Wasps in the West Midlands derby at Sixways…

Potgeiter

TEAM NEWS: Gloucester Rugby vs Bristol Rugby

Mark Tainton shuffles the pack ahead of Bristol’s trip to Gloucester on Saturday (4.30pm KO). The Acting Head Coach makes…

Adrian Jarvis

Horwill and Roberts return for Harlequins

Harlequins has announced the team to play Newcastle Falcons in Round 10 of the Aviva Premiership at Kingston Park on…

Jamie Roberts

Newcastle Falcons team to face Harlequins

Evan Olmstead returns from international duty as Newcastle Falcons make three changes for Sunday’s Aviva Premiership visit of Harlequins to…

Evan Olmstead

Gloucester Rugby unchanged for local derby against Bristol Rugby

Gloucester Rugby have named an unchanged starting XV for the third week in a row as they welcome Bristol Rugby…

Sharples

Wasps’ Kearnan Myall prepared for ‘dangerous’ Worcester Warriors

Wasps second-row Kearnan Myall admits it will take an almighty second-half blitz if his side are to see off Worcester…

Kearnan Myall has played seven times in Aviva Premiership Rugby this season

Gloucester Rugby’s Matt Scott expects rivals to earn first win soon

Gloucester Rugby’s Matt Scott is adamant Bristol Rugby will get their first Aviva Premiership Rugby win sooner rather than later…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Preview of this weekend’s international and Aviva Premiership action

[audio mp3="http://d2cx26qpfwuhvu.cloudfront.net/premier/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/01140412/0112Wrap_WEB.mp3"][/audio]

640347855_tm_8190_02aea48e383464f44e5b6b9c7bd66d50.jpg

Aviva Premiership Rugby on BT Sport and ITV Sport this weekend

Sale Sharks and Exeter Chiefs kick-off another action-packed weekend of Aviva Premiership Rugby on BT Sport and ITV. Sharks take…

Bt Sport presenters

Chiefs side to face Sale Sharks

Rob Baxter says it’s imperative his Exeter Chiefs side keep their “foot on the pedal” after securing back-to-back victories in…

shill-chiefs-0112