Wasps too hot for Bath

Date published: December 19 2015

Wasps put in an impressive performance as they exacted Champions Cup revenge over Bath on Saturday, winning 36-10 at the Recreation Ground.

An unchanged Bath had their unbeaten run ended by a rampant Wasps side in Pool 5 of the Champions Cup.

Jimmy Gopperth inspired Dai Young's men to a crucial victory over their English rivals with some superb kicking throughout.

Following a quiet opening spell, Bath took the lead through Fijan-born centre Semesa Rokoduguni, after good work from fellow England international Kyle Eastmond.

George Ford converted the try to give the hosts early dominance. However, within minutes of the restart, Wasps turned the match on its head, first through a Gopperth penalty, and then Elliot Daly's try after he burst through the shell-shocked defence. Gopperth extended the lead to three points with the conversion.

Gopperth's kicking was on point as he extended the advantage to nine points with two penalties in seven minutes.

Wasps' kicker made an even bigger impact on the stroke of half-time, powering past the opposition to touchdown. Gopperth himself kicked through the posts from a tough angle to make it 23-7 at the break.

The second half began with plenty of endeavour, but little in the way of chances. Bath, knowing it was vital they score first to stand a chance of coming back into the contest, did just that after receiving a penalty following strong scrum play.

Ford reduced the deficit to 13 points, kicking the ball between the posts. Almost immediately though, Wasps restored their dominance with Gopperth once again scoring a penalty, and Daly adding points to the board with a drop goal.

The first, and only, try of the half came from the unstoppable Wasps thanks to the returning Samoan Alapati Leiua. Gopperth kept up his 100 percent strike rate with the conversion.

Wasps pushed for the bonus point, but it failed to come. It was not enough to dampen the festive spirit of the travelling fans following a fantastic attacking performance.

The scorers:

For Bath:
Try: Rokoduguni
Con: Ford
Pen: Ford

For Wasps:
Tries: Daly, Gopperth, Leiua
Cons: Gopperth 3
Pens: Gopperth 4
Drop Goal: Daly

Bath: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Matt Banahan, 10 George Ford, 9 Niko Matawalu, 8 David Denton, 7 Francois Louw (c), 6 Leroy Houston, 5 Dave Attwood, 4 Matt Garvey, 3 David Wilson, 2 Ross Batty, 1 Nick Auterac.
Replacements: 16 Rob Webber, 17 Max Lahiff, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Guy Mercer, 21 Chris Cook, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Tom Homer.

Wasps: 15 Rob Miller, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Ben Jacobs, 11 Charles Piutau, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 George Smith, 6 James Haskell (c), 5 Bradley Davies, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Ashley Johnson, 1 Matt Mullan.
Replacements: 16 Edd Shervington, 17 Simon McIntyre, 18 Phil Swainston, 19 James Gaskell, 20 Sam Jones, 21 Dan Robson, 22 Ruaridh Jackson, 23 Alapati Leiua.

Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant Referees: Cyril Lafon (France), Stéphane Boyer (France)
TMO: Eric Gonthier (France)