Wasps put week of turmoil behind them to beat Bath

Wasps moved up to fifth place in the Aviva Premiership after they beat Bath 29-22 at Adams Park in the Premiership on Sunday.

Wasps have had a tough week after they announced that they had taken up a shareholding in Ricoh Arena in Coventry and that they would be moving 100 miles north of London.

Wasps went out to a 29-0 lead by the 49th minute before Bath put in a huge 20 minute spell in which they scored three tries but Wasps held on to win.

It was Wasps’ first match following the announcement that the club would be
moving to Coventry, and the players were able to give the supporters something
to cheer at the end of a controversial week.

Wasps were looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Sale, while Bath
were looking to build on the previous week’s win against Saracens.

The hosts laid a healthy platform in the first half through three Alex Goode
penalties, and a final three-pointer from Omar Daly on the stroke of half-time.

Goode added a fifth penalty after the break and a quickfire double of tries
from Wasps in the minutes that followed left Bath with a mountain to climb.

They were awarded a penalty try after Christian Wade was impeded following
a kick through. Goode added the conversion and he was on target again after
Sailosi Tagicakibau crashed over, making it 29-0 with less than half an hour
remaining.

The Bath comeback began on 64 minutes, when Jonathan Joseph crossed for the
visitors’ first try. George Ford was wide with the extras but he was on target
when Micky Young broke through, closing the gap to 17 points.

And when David Sisi went over with ten minutes left, and Ford converted, there
were just ten points between the two teams.

But, by now, time was against the visitors, and though Ford put Bath within
a converted try with a penalty goal, Wasps stood firm to confirm an important
victory.

Final Score Wasps 29 (12) Bath 22 (0)

Scorers

Wasps
Tries – Penalty, Tagicakibau
Pen – Goode (4), Daly
Con – Goode (2)
Drop –

Bath
Tries – Joseph, Young, Sisi
Pen – Ford
Con – Ford (2)
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee:
JP Doyle (84th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Roy Maybank and Paul Burton.
TMO: Sean Davey.

Teams

Wasps

15. Andrea Masi , 14. Christian Wade , 13. Elliot Daly , 12. Alapati Leiua , 11. Salosi Tagicakibau , 10. Andy Goode , 9. Joe Simpson , 8. Nathan Hughes , 7. James Haskell (C) , 6. Ashley Johnson , 5. Bradley Davies , 4. Joe Launchbury , 3. Lorenzo Cittadini , 2. Carlo Festuccia ,1. Matt Mullan

Replacements : 16. Tom Lindsay , 17. John Yapp , 18. Jake Cooper-Woolley , 19. James Gaskell , 20. Sam Jones , 21. Charlie Davies , 22. Rob Millar , 23. Chris Bell

Bath

15. Gavin Henson , 14. Semesa Rokoduguni , 13. Jonathan Joseph , 12. Kyle Eastmond , 11. Anthony Watson , 10. George Ford , 9. Chris Cook , 1. Paul James , 2. Rob Webber , 3. David Wilson , 4. Stuart Hooper (c) , 5. Dave Attwood , 6. Alafoti Fa’osiliva , 7. Guy Mercer , 8. Leroy Houston

Replacements: 16. Ross Batty , 17. Nick Auterac , 18. Henry Thomas , 19. Dominic Day , 20. David Sisi , 21. Micky Young , 22. Ollie Devoto , 23. Olly Woodburn

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