Bath beat Cardiff Blues in Anglo Welsh LV= Cup

Bath beat Cardiff Blues 29-19 under difficult conditions in the Anglo Welsh LV= Cup at The Recreation Ground on Friday night.


The hosts had lost their last two home games and had managed just one win in five, but they gave an impressive crowd of more than 11,000 something to cheer in this LV=Cup opener.


The rain teemed down for almost the entire match but the soaked stoicism of the spectators was rewarded by a decent spectacle.


Bath’s solid scrum provided the foundation for their opening try after just five minutes, Ross Batty’s pass sending stand-in skipper Matt Banahan crashing over by the posts, with Olly Barkley adding the extras.


But Cardiff hit back quickly with two penalties from Gareth Davies, who was impressive throughout on his debut after being promoted from Cardiff RFC.


On 15 minutes Bath were over again, as they got their reward for playing the more ambitious rugby.


They won quick turnover ball from a high kick and Barkley fired out a kick into the corner, which bounced up perfectly for Tom Biggs to collect and score, with Barkley converting from the touchline.


Bath were quickly pinged for offside and Davies cut the deficit, before on 21 minutes the Blues edged ahead.


Barkley’s chip over the defensive line was collected by Dan Fish who hoofed it downfield, where the chasing Yapp popped it up for Gareth Davies to score. The stand-off converted his own score and the visitors led 16-14.


But after Barkley edged Bath ahead again just past the half-hour mark, there really looked to be only one winner.


Barkley knocked over a drop-goal from close range and added three more penalties after the break as the Blues paid for a string of penalties around the ruck area.


Yapp was sin-binned and Davies kept Cardiff just about in touch with his fourth penalty, but the Blues’ last chance to get back into the game disapperaed when substitute Thomas Young knocked-on as he attempted to touch down for a try under pressure.


Final Score Bath 29 (20) Cardiff Blues 19 (16)


Scorers


Bath
Tries: Banahan, Biggs
Penalties: Barkley 3, Banahan
Drop-goals: Barkley
Conversions: Barkley 2


Cardiff Blues
Tries: Davies
Penalties: Davies 4
Conversions: Davies

 

Att: 11000

Man of the match : Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe


Teams


Bath Rugby :15. Jack Cuthbert,14. Jacques Boussuge,13. Matt Banahan (c),12. Ben Williams,11. Tom Biggs,10. Olly Barkley ,9. Mark McMillan,1. David Flatman,2. Ross Batty,3. Duncan Bell,4. John van der Giessen,5. Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe,6. Josh Ovens,7. Guy Mercer,8. Ben Skirving


Replacements:16. Lee Mears,17. David Barnes,18. Aaron Jarvis,19. Peter Short,20. Will Skuse,21. Chris Cook,22. Paul Roberts,23. Nick Scott


Cardiff Blues :15 Dan Fish 14 Richard Mustoe 13 Gavin Evans 12 Dafydd Hewitt 11 James Loxton 10 Gareth Davies 9 Lloyd Williams,8 Tom Brown 7 Ben White 6 Andries Pretorius (c) 5 James Down 4 Bryn Griffiths 3 John Yapp 2 Gareth Williams 1 Tom Davies


Replacements:16 Rhys Williams 17 Sam Hobbs 18 Ian George 19 Corey Hill 20 Thomas Young 21 Tom Slater 22 Joe Griffin 23 Owen Williams

 

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