Bath take Premiership top spot as Cipriani returns

Bath moved top of the Guinness Premiership table following a gritty 27-23 victory over Wasps at Adams Park on Wednesday.


London Wasps starlet Danny Cipriani made his first appearance of the season after recovering from a fracture to his ankle.


Bath started like a house on fire and took a 12-0 lead after early tries from former Springbok scrum-half Michael Claassens and England prop Matt Stevens.


Cipriani popped over two penalties to narrow the deficit to 12-6 before Riki Flutey brought the home crowd to their feet with a five pointer on 38 minutes.


Former Stormers hooker Pieter Dixon got the visitors back into a 17-16 lead two minutes into the second-half.


Wasps flanker Tom Rees crossed to hand the hosts a tender 23-20 advantage after 55 minutes, with the game sitting on a knife edge.


But in form Kiwi winger Joe Maddock nicked Bath’s bonus point try seven minutes later in a see-saw passage of play.


The visitors held on for a nail biting 27-23 victory to gain ground on top of the table rivals Sale, who were defeated by London Irish.


Final Score Wasps 23 Bath 27


Scorers


London Wasps
Tries: Flutey, Rees
Con: Cipriani, Staunton
Pen: Cipriani 3


Bath
Tries: Claassens, Stevens, Dixon, Maddock
Con: James 2
Pen: James


Teams


London Wasps:15. Tom Voyce, 14. Paul Sackey, 13. Riki Flutey, 12. Dominic Waldouck, 11. Josh Lewsey, 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Eoin Reddan, 1. Tim Payne, 2. Raphael Ibanez (c), 3. Phil Vickery, 4. Simon Shaw, 5. Tom Palmer, 6. Joe Worsley, 7. Tom Rees, 8. John Hart.


Replacements: 16. Rob Webber, 17. Tom French, 18. Richard Birkett, 19. James Haskell, 20. Rob Hoadley, 21. Mark Robinson, 22. Jeremy Staunton


Bath : 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Joe Maddock, 13 Alex Crockett, 12 Shaun Berne, 11 Jack Cuthbert, 10 Butch James, 9 Michael Claassens, 1 David Barnes, 2 Pieter Dixon, 3 Matt Stevens, 4 Justin Harrison, 5 Peter Short, 6 Stuart Hooper, 7 Michael Lipman (c), 8 Jonny Faamatuainu.


Replacements: 16 Lee Mears, 17 Duncan Bell, 18 Josh Ovens, 19 James Scaysbrook, 20 Scott Bemand, 21 Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, 22 Andrew Higgins

 

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