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Last-gasp drop-goal sees Wasps and Bath draw

14 Sep 2002
Last-gasp drop-goal sees Wasps and Bath draw

Down 6-17 at half-time after two quick-fire strikes from England Sevens flyer Josh Lewsey, and hit by a penalty try in the second-half, Bath scored 18 unanswered points, capped by Lyle’s 81st minute try, to edge ahead 27-24.

However, Wasps, having been on the back-foot for all of the last quarter, refused to fold completely and King rescued a deserved draw for the vistors in virtually the last act of the game.

After a missed kick at goal from Wasps’ winger Kenny Logan in the early moments, Bath took the lead through two penalties from stand-off Chris Malone before King added one of his own to narrow the gap to just three.

Bath were then stunned by a late first-half blitz as a minute before the break Lewsey got his first try, set-up by a cheeky kick ahead, the try converted by King.

It got worse for Bath, before they could recover their composure Lewsey had added a second just before the half-time whistle after a break from Shane Roiser to give Wasps a emphatic 17-6 half-time lead.

Bath were again first off the mark when the match resumed, Malone making it three penalties, but were rocked by a penalty try on 55 minutes from referee Nigel Whitehouse after Bath prop David Barnes was penalised for obstructing Phil Greening off the ball.

However, despite being down 9-24 Jack Rowell’s side were not done yet and England centre Mike Tindall crashed over for the home side’s first try of the day and that was followed by two more penalties from Malone to set the game up for its thrilling conclusion.

Bath:Tries: Tindall, LyleCons: MalonePens: Malone 5

London Wasps:Tries: Lewsey 2, PenaltyCons: King 3Pens: KingDGs: King

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