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Bath Rugby 10 Ospreys 13

A late Matthew Dwyer try completed a determined Ospreys fight back in the LV= Cup as they defeated Bath Rugby at the Rec.

The home side, fresh off the back of a bruising win against Harlequins at the Stoop the week before led for 79 minutes until Dwyer’s late effort scuppered hopes of their third cup win of the season.

After an evenly matched first ten minutes with neither side dominating, Bath drew first blood by crossing the whitewash after 14 minutes.

After soaking up Ospreys pressure within their own 22, Bath were able to counter on the break after Tom Ellis pounced on a loose ball and fed to Horacio Agulla who found Sam Burgess who neatly chipped the ball through for Richard Lane to dive over, however fly-half Ollie Devoto was unable to add the extras.

Ospreys came back into the game when Sam Davies slotted home an 18 minute penalty after Bath skipper Stuart Hooper was shown yellow for killing the ball.

However Ospreys were unable to capitalise and soon found themselves a man down when prop Marc Thomas was binned on the half hour mark.

And Bath made the extra-man advantage count and prop Max Lahiff crashed over on 37 minutes to put the home side 10-3 ahead. Devoto again missed the conversion and the scores remained unchanged going into the break.

The second half started like the first with neither side able to take the upper hand.

On 57 minutes Ospreys were again down to 14 men after winger Aisea Natoga was shown yellow for a deliberate knock on.

However the visitors were handed a chance to reduce the deficit to four points but Davies penalty fell just short of the uprights.

With ten minutes left on the clock Bath were penalised on their own 22 and this time Davies made no mistake to make it 10-6.

In the final minutes Ospreys went on the attack after securing a penalty on the halfway line. With the visitors deep in Bath territory Davies broke through the defensive line and offloaded to substitute Dwyer who dived under the posts and Davies conversion wrapped up the game 13-10.

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