Bath hold out Ospreys for LV=Cup victory

Bath weathered a late onslaught in the second-half to eventually claim a 21-11 victory over Ospreys in the Anglo Welsh LV=Cup on Saturday, earning them their first points of the tournament.


The visitors got on the scoreboard after just 12 minutes as Barry Davies slotted home a penalty, but Bath bounced back eight minutes later as Ryan Davis also looked sharp with the boot.


Ospreys were again in front shortly before half-time as Gareth Owen kicked his penalty between the posts, but the hosts came out flying in the second-half, and Davis delivered two quick-fire penalties to see his side take the lead for the first time in the match.


Bath began to take control of the game, and Luke Watson crossed the line for the first try of the game, but Davis was unable to steer the conversion home.


Justin Tipuric ensured a thrilling final few moments after crossing the line, although Matthew Jarvis missed the conversion.


But Daniel Brown ensured Bath victory with a try on 80 minutes, with Davis coolly converting to close out the impressive display.


Final Score Bath 21 Ospreys 11


Scorers


Bath
Tries – Watson, Brown
Cons – Davis
Pen – Davis 3

Ospreys
Tries – Tipuric
Pens – Davies, Owen


Teams


Bath


Jack Cuthbert, Joe Maddock, Tom Cheeseman, Ben Williams, Michael Stephenson, Ryan Davis, Mike Baxter, Ben Skirving, 7Guy Mercer, Andy Beattie, Peter Short (c), Scott Hobson, Aaron Jarvis, Rob Hawkins, Nathan Catt.


Replacements: Lee Mears, David Flatman, Mark Lilley, Daniel Browne, Luke Watson, Chris Cook, Paul Roberts, Nick Scott.


Ospreys


Barry Davies, Nicky Thomas, Sonny Parker, Andrew Bishop, Ashley Beck, Gareth Owen, Liam Davies, Tom Smith, Justin Tipuric, Jerry Collins (c), James Goode, James King, Cai Griffiths, Ed Shervington, Ryan Bevington.


Replacements: Richard Hibbard, Will Taylor, Ross Davies, Richard Kelly, Steve Tandy, Rhys Webb, Matthew Jarvis, Hanno Dirksen.

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