Two late penalty tries ensured Bath Rugby will have a home semi-final in the Anglo-Welsh Cup after a 32-19 victory over the Ospreys on Friday night.
Levi Douglas and Matt Banahan were also on the scoresheet as Bath completed fourth straight victory in the competition and finish top of Pool 1.
Dewi Cross and Sam Cross had put the hosts ahead at 12-6 in the opening stages with experienced fly-half James Hook also dotting down for the Ospreys after the break.
Man of the Match – Josh Lewis
Lewis’ kicking proved pivotal for the West Country side in Wales but the 25-year-old was also a threat with ball in hand setting up Banahan for his try.
Try of the Match
An excellent break from Josh Bayliss paved the way for Banahan’s score as he carved his way into the Ospreys 22 early in the second period.
The experienced Bahanan then cut and excellent line and was found by a clever inside ball from Lewis to score Bath’s second try and move them 18-12 ahead.
Moment of the Match
After Hook had put the Ospreys into the lead at 19-18 but Banahan’s kick was well chased by full-back Darren Atkins who managed to force a five-metre scrum for his side.
From there Bath earned four penalties with referee Steve Lee left with no choice but to award the first of two penalties tries which gave Bath control of the game.
What They Said
Bath captain Charlie Ewels said: “With the result, firstly we were obviously chuffed because we spoke about getting the win and securing the home semi-final.
“Performance wise we dogged it out well which was quite nice to see, there was nothing complicated in the game just doing our basics which weren’t well at the start.
“But we adapted well at the end and it was nice to see the penalty tries at the end.
“We talked about sticking to what we do, believe in what we do, and we know if we do that well we can win the match. It was a real positive to finish like that.”
Acting backs coach Ospreys Richard Fussell said: “It was a little bit indifferent at time, I thought we showed some good intent but a fair few inaccuracies let us down.
“Bath didn’t have to work too hard to get their tries, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves through a couple of plays which we didn’t execute well or coughed up the ball cheaply.
“Fair play to Bath when they put the squeeze on they came away with points.”
Best of Social
— William H Hurrell (@whhurrell) February 2, 2018
‘We’re on track for silverware, it’s now Semi-Final rugby, & that’s where we want to be.’ @Rossbatty2 talks after making his 150th appearance for @bathrugby in the win v @ospreys. pic.twitter.com/2FnGaECTjS
— Bath Rugby (@bathrugby) February 3, 2018
— Ospreys (@ospreys) February 3, 2018
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