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24th November 2013 16:10

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Semesa Rokoduguni Bath v Wasps AVP 2013

Rokoduguni: Scored two tries

Bath moved into third place on the Premiership table after securing a deserved 28-5 victory over Wasps at Adams Park on Sunday.

Semesa Rokoduguni was the visitors' hero, scoring two tries as Bath delivered a dominant display throughout. Rokoduguni's first try and two three-pointers from George Ford gave the visitors an 11-0 advantage at the interval.

And the visitors continued to dominate proceedings after the break as Ford kicked another penalty and their Fijian winger went over for his second score.

Although Jonah Holmes touched down for a consolation effort, Matt Garvey crossed the whitewash late on to complete a fine win. The West Country outfit have impressed so far this season with their pack in particular proving a dominant force.

Their driving game was to the fore early on and, after Wasps had infringed, Ford kicked a penalty to give them a 3-0 lead. The hosts' fly-half then surprisingly missed two opportunities to level matters before his opposite number took Bath further ahead with a drop-goal.

At this point, Gary Gold's men were well on top and the pressure eventually told on the home team's rearguard when Phil Swainston was sin-binned. That extra space allowed Bath the chance to work an impressive back-line move which ended in Rokoduguni going over for an unconverted try.

The second half followed much the same pattern as the first with the West Country side controlling possession and territory. Ford added a second penalty before good work from Leroy Houston allowed Rokoduguni to finish a well manufactured score.

Although Holmes crossed the whitewash after a mistake from the visitors, Garvey powered over from close range to give Gold's men a comprehensive win.

The scorers:

For Wasps:
Try: Holmes

For Bath:
Tries: Rokoduguni 2, Garvey
Cons: Ford, Heathcote
Pens: Ford 2
Drop: Ford

Wasps: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Jonah Holmes, 13 Ben Jacobs, 12 Chris Bell (capt), 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Sam Jones, 6 Ashley Johnson, 5 Kearnan Myall, 4 Tom Palmer, 3 Phil Swainston, 2 Carlo Festuccia, 1 Matt Mullan.
Replacements: 16 Neil Cochrane, 17 Simon McIntyre, 18 Will Taylor, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 James Haskell, 21 Guy Thompson, 22 Charlie Davies, 23 Joe Carlisle.

Bath: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Ollie Devoto, 11 Matt Banahan, 10 George Ford, 9 Peter Stringer, 8 Leroy Houston, 7 Carl Fearns, 6 Matt Garvey, 5 Dave Attwood, 4 Stuart Hooper (coffee), 3 David Wilson, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Nathan Catt.
Replacements: 16 Ross Batty, 17 Charlie Beech, 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19 Dominic Day, 20 Mat Gilbert, 21 Martin Roberts, 22 Tom Heathcote, 23 Anthony Watson.

Referee: Luke Pearce
Assistant referees: Paul Burton, Paul Dix
Timekeeper: John Burtenshaw
Television match official: Sean Davey
Assessor: Tony Spreadbury

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