Bath hold out the Dragons at the Rec

Bath returned to winning ways as they defeated the Newport Gwent Dragons 13-6 in tough Heineken Cup encounter on Sunday.

The first half produced little action as the boot of South African Butch James was all to show in terms of points.


The World Cup winner kicked two penalties, but also missed one further attempt. Welsh veteran Colin Charvis found himself sin-binned for ten minutes.


Five minutes after the break discipline again let the Dragons down as Lewis Evans was shown a yellow card as well.


Bath took advantage of the extra man and Andre Higgins scored; James converted and the lead was ten points.


Replacement Shaun Connor kept the Welsh club in the hunt with two penalties in the last ten minutes, but it was too little as Bath held on for the win.



Bath picked up four points for the win and the Dragons picked up a losing bonus point.


Final Score Bath Rugby 13 (6)  – Newport Gwent Dragons 9 (0)


Bath Rugby
Tries -Higgins
Pen- James 2
Con – James

Newport Gwent Dragons
Tries –
Pen- Arlidge, Connor 2
Con –

Referee: Carlo Damasco (Italy)


Match points: Bath Rugby 4 pts, Newport Gwent Dragons 1 pts

Man of the Match: J Bearman (Dragons)

Attendance: 10,600



Bath Rugby: N Abendanon, J Maddock, A Crockett, S Berne, M Banahan, B James, M Claassens, D Flatman, L Mears, M Stevens, J Harrison, P Short, S Hooper, M Lipman [capt], J Faamatuainu

Replacements: P Dixon, D Bell, D Barnes, J Scaysbrook, S Bemand, S Hape, A Higgins

Newport Gwent Dragons: P Dollman, G Wyatt, R Sidey, M Stcherbina, R Fussell, J Arlidge, W Evans, A Black, T Willis [capt], R Thomas, A Jones, L Charteris, J Bearman, C Charvis, L Evans

Replacements: S Jones, A Coundley, G Webb, A Hall, R Lewis, S Connor, A Smith.

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