Bath Rugby 18-16 Wasps, Recreation Ground
Rhys Priestland kicked the decisive penalty goal in the 79th minute as Bath Rugby went on to beat Wasps 18-16 to get their first win in the ongoing Heineken Champions Cup at Recreation Ground on Saturday.
Todd Blackadder’s men are already out of contention for a play-off but will be relieved to get their first victory in the competition after having three defeats and a draw previously while Wasps are at bottom after losing all five games.
Lima Sopoaga kicked a seventh minute penalty goal to begin the proceedings for Wasps but Taulupe Faletau on his return from injury set the opening try for Bath with Max Green crossing over in the ninth minute.
The momentum once again swung towards visitors with Nathan Hughes dotting down in the 15th minute to give Wasps the lead and Sopoaga improved it but a perfect pass from Max Wright was pivotal in Bath’s second try that was completed by Zach Mercer as the teams went into the break with a 12-10 lead.
Wasps went on to claim the lead at the start of the second half with a penalty kick from Sopoaga but he was sin-binned in the 60th minute for a foul play. Priestland kicked a penalty goal but that was cancelled by a three-pointer from Rob Miller soon after.
Dai Young’s side had a slender one point lead and were desperate to register their first win in the competition but Priestland kicked the decisive blow in the 79th minute to complete a 18-16 victory for Bath.