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Match Page 2017-18 - Summary
Freddie Burns’ boot did most of the damage as Bath Rugby kicked off their Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign with a narrow victory at London Irish.
The Exiles outscored the visitors four tries to two and will take some consolation from two bonus points in the defeat.
Max Northcote-Green crossed twice in the first half against his former club while David Paice and Alex Lewington also dotted down in the second period.
But where the hosts were wasteful from the tee, Burns was ruthless in a 16-point individual haul – the England fly-half also laying on a try for debutant Levi Davis.
Ben Tapuai had given his side the early lead inside four minutes, the Australia international showing great speed and footwork to dance his way over, Burns converting to make it 7-0.
But the Exiles gradually grew into the game and it was Northcote-Green who did the damage.
His first score came courtesy of a fine offload from hooker Paice and although Theo Brophy-Clews missed with the extras, the Exiles kept coming.
And it was the fly-half who made the initial break for their second try before James Marshall floated a pass out to flanker Northcote-Green who held off two defenders to dot down.
Again the young Irish fly-half missed with the conversion while Burns slotted two penalties for Bath meaning they went in at the break leading 13-10.
The Exiles came roaring out of the blocks in the second half however, Paice going over from close range and Brendan McKibbin slotting the extras this time.
But back came Bath, Davis clinging on to Burns cross kick to score on debut and Burns drilled the extras from wide for a 20-17 lead.
Lewington then claimed Irish’s fourth score and a bonus point but again the extras were missed and the hosts only led by two points.
And that proved to be insufficient as two further late penalties from Burns sealed an impressive win for Bath who did not manage a victory in the entirety last season’s Anglo-Welsh campaign.