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Match Report: Wasps 9 Bath Rugby 25

01 Oct 2017
Match Report: Wasps 9 Bath Rugby 25

Semesa Rokuduguni dotted down late on as Bath Rugby moved up to fifth in the Aviva Premiership Rugby after overpowering Wasps.

Both sides had experienced indifferent starts to their campaign, with two wins and two defeats apiece heading into the clash at the Ricoh Arena.

The hosts started brightly and Jimmy Gopperth’s 40-yard penalty saw them open up an early lead, but Rhys Priestland landed a similarly lengthy effort to level proceedings.

However, Bath were penalised for blocking immediately after the restart, and Gopperth slotted another three points.

But Priestland was also in fine form with the boot, levelling from the tee and coolly slotting home a drop goal just before the half-hour mark.

The ever-reliable Gopperth hit back once more with a third penalty of his own as both sides tried to find fluency.

It was a similar story in the opening stages of the second period, with Priestland kicking a routine three-pointer in front of the posts after Wasps were penalised at the breakdown.

The Welshman departed the action soon after following an Ashley Johnson tackle but replacement Freddie Burns immediately settled into the action, sending a fifth Bath penalty sailing between the posts.

However, he could not stretch the advantage further, missing a kick moments later after the hosts were penalised at the scrum.

The meteorite boot of Elliot Daly missed with a long-rang effort as Wasps searched for a way back into the game, but Bath’s defence held firm, and Burns added another penalty ten minutes from time to make it 18-9.

And they rubbed salt into Wasps’ wounds five minutes from time when Jonathan Joseph delightfully kicked through towards Rokoduguni, who was fastest to the loose ball.

Burns kicked the penalty to make it 25-9, and secured Bath’s first Premiership win at the Ricoh Arena and inflict a second successive home defeat on the hosts.

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