Bath stung by five star Wasps in nine try thriller
Wasps took no prisoners as they stormed into the Rec and blew Bath away in the first twenty minutes, showcasing all their astounding attacking flair that saw them race in three tries unanswered.
0-19 down, Bath were allowed back into the game when winger Marcus Watson was sent to the sinbin for a deliberate knock-on. The home side made the extra man count with some attacking intent of their own when the forwards stormed towards the try line and scrum half Fotuali’i picked the ball up to pass the ball out to Priestland who ran in under the posts.
With the crowd up and the clock ticking towards half time Bath attacked one last time before the break, with advantage Priestland turning provider as he launched an audicious pass to Jack Wilson who stepped inside his opponent to touch down in the corner to take the score to 14-19 at the break, leaving the crowd wondering what magical rugby they had just witnessed!
Back to their full compliment of fifteen players, Wasps once again showed that attacking is in their DNA, as they flew out of the blocks and scored their fourth try through Juan De Jongh and gaining another bonus point. Not resting on their laurels, Bath once again came back fighting as patient build up play allowed Paul Grant to go over for his second try of the season and get Bath back to within a converted try as the score 19-26.
The match continued to move at a swift pace and the scorecard was continually spiralling upwards Wasps made sure their’s didn’t slow down as they cantered over the whitewash for the fifth time through Gaby Lovobalavu after some good work for Willie Le Roux. Turning hero to villain Le Roux was shown a yellow card for offside and once again Bath made Wasps pay for their indiscretions as Zach Mercer showing off his incredible Hulk power as he powered over with half the Wasps team hanging off him!
A frentic last fifteen minutes ensued, as Bath swarmed all over Wasps try line but for the first time in the match they were denied by some dogged and resilient defending. The game will go down as a wonderful spectacle for rugby, both teams ripped up their defensive plans and played full out attack which resulted in a fascinating game and was impossible to call who was going to end up as victors until the final whistle.
It wasn’t to be for Bath, they were always playing catch up against a very good side who punished the mistakes in Bath’s defence but they must take the plusses of getting so close having been so far adrift after nineteen minutes.
Next up is Worcester and they need to get back on the winning trail as they look to close the gap on the top four.