Wasps repel Bath fightback

Date published: October 12 2014

Wasps staved off a strong second half fightback from Bath to secure a 29-22 victory at Adams Park on Sunday.

Wasps staved off a strong second half fightback from Bath to secure a 29-22 victory at Adams Park on Sunday.

It was Wasps’ first match following the announcement that the club would be moving to Coventry, and the players were able to give the supporters something to cheer at the end of a controversial week.

Wasps were looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Sale, while Bath were looking to build on the previous week’s win against Saracens.

The hosts laid a healthy platform in the first half through three Andy Goode penalties, and a final three-pointer from Elliot Daly on the stroke of half-time.

Goode added a fifth penalty after the break and a quickfire double of tries from Wasps in the minutes that followed left Bath with a mountain to climb.

They were awarded a penalty try after Christian Wade was impeded following a kick through. Goode added the conversion and he was on target again after Sailosi Tagicakibau crashed over, making it 29-0 with less than half an hour remaining.

The Bath comeback began on 64 minutes, when Jonathan Joseph crossed for the visitors’ first try. George Ford was wide with the extras but he was on target when Micky Young broke through, closing the gap to 17 points.

And when David Sisi went over with ten minutes left, and Ford converted, there were just ten points between the two teams.

But, by now, time was against the visitors, and though Ford put Bath within a converted try with a penalty goal, Wasps stood firm to confirm an important victory.

The scorers:

For Wasps:
Tries: Penalty try, Tagicakibau
Con: Goode 2
Pens: Goode 4, Daly

For Bath:
Tries: Joseph, Young, Sisi
Cons: Ford 2
Pen: Ford
Yellow cards: Houston (37th minute), Wilson (42nd minute)

Wasps: 15 Andrea Masi, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Alapati Leiua, 11 Salosi Tagicakibau, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 James Haskell (c), 6 Ashley Johnson, 5 Bradley Davies, 4 James Gaskell, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Carlo Festuccia, 1 Matt Mullan.
Replacements: 16 Tom Lindsay, 17 John Yapp, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 Ed Jackson, 20 Sam Jones, 21 Charlie Davies, 22 Rob Millar, 23 Chris Bell.

Bath: 15 Gavin Henson, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Anthony Watson, 10 George Ford, 9 Chris Cook, 8 Leroy Houston, 7 Guy Mercer, 6 Alafoti Fa’osiliva, 5 Dave Attwood, 4 Stuart Hooper (c), 3 David Wilson, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Paul James.
Replacements: 16 Ross Batty, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Dominic Day, 20 David Sisi, 21 Micky Young, 22 Ollie Devoto, 23 Olly Woodburn.

Referee: JP Doyle