London Wasps power to victory over Bath

London Wasps powered their way to a 29-15 Aviva Premiership victory over Bath at Adams Park on Sunday.

Bath started well with a try in the first minute by Nick Abendanon but as the match wore on the hosts London Wasps grew stronger and after leading 16-12 at half time took control of the match in the second half.

Wasps new signing this season Ashley Johnson from South Africa won man of the match.

Two superb tries from Christian Wade and Chris Bell and 17 points from the
boot of Stephen Jones helped Wasps move ahead of both Gloucester and Northampton.

Bath made a scintillating start to the game when a superb individual try scored
by Nick Abendanon after only 26 seconds put the visitors in front.

The England full-back gathered a loose clearance kick on the half-way line
before brushing aside several Wasps’ defenders to race to the try-line.

A Stephen Jones penalty reduced the arrears before Tom Varndell was yellow-carded
for a dangerous tackle on his opposite number, Horacio Agulla.

Bath made the most of the numerical advantage as a powerful forward drive enabled
Michael Claassens to snipe in to score in the right hand corner. Stephen Donald’s
touch-line conversion extended Bath’s lead to 12-3.

Two further penalties from Jones and the sin-binning of Bath second row Dominic
Day put the home side in the ascendency in this sea-saw encounter.

Wasps’ impressive ball recycling and inter-linking play between their forwards
and backs allowed Wade to exploit the space and finish off a try of true quality.
Jones’ successful conversion was the last act of an enthralling first half.

Bath’s replacement fly-half Tom Heathcote and Jones traded penalties to leave
the game finely poised with 25 minutes remaining. As the game wore on, Wasps
composed dominance in all facets was beginning to become more evident as they
took control of proceedings.

Bath’s soaring penalty-count due largely to the sustained pressure being inflicted
by the Wasps forward runners allowed the metronomic Jones to convert his fifth
penalty of the game.

Wasps sealed the victory thanks to Bell’s try, converted by replacement fly-half
Nick Robinson.

In the try-scoring process Abendanon tripped Elliot Daly and was rightly sent
to the sin-bin for foul play.

The victory means Wasps have now won their last nine games at Adams Park

Final Score London Wasps 29 (16) Bath 15 (12)


Scorers


London Wasps
Tries: Wade, Bell
Penalties: Jones 5
Conversions: Jones, Robinson


Bath
Tries: Abendanon, Claassens
Penalties: Heathcote
Conversions: Donald

Match Officials

Referee
: Andrew Small (82nd Premiership game)

Assistant Referees: Kevin Stewart, Nigel Carrick

TMO: David Grashoff.


Teams


London Wasps:


15. Hugo Southwell (c) , 14. Christian Wade , 13. Elliot Daly , 12. Chris Bell , 11. Tom Varndell , 10. Stephen Jones , 9. Joe Simpson, 8. Billy Vunipola, 7. James Haskell , 6. Ashley Johnson , 5. James Cannon , 4. Joe Launchbury , 3. Phil Swainston , 2. T Rhys Thomas ,1. Zak Taulafo


Replacements :16. Tom Lindsay , 17. Tim Payne , 18. Will Taylor , 19. Marco Wentzel , 20. Sam Jones , 21. Charlie Davies , 22. Nick Robinson , 23. Andrea Masi


Bath


15 Nick Abendanon , 14 Horacio Agulla , 13 Kyle Eastmond , 12 Matt Banahan , 11 Tom Biggs , 10 Stephen Donald , 9 Michael Claassens , 8 Ben Skirving , 7 Guy Mercer ,6 Francois Louw, 5 Dominic Day , 4 Stuart Hooper ( c ) , 3 David Wilson , 2 Lee Mears ,1 Paul James


Replacements : 16 Tom Dunn

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