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|Bath (29) 44|
|Try it: Priest, Underhill, Redpath, Stoke Cons: Priestland 3 Pens: Priestland 5, Spencer.|
|Wasps (24) 52|
|Try it: Crew 2, Odogwu 2, penalty try, Shields, Bassett Cons: Co-op handles 6 : Sopoaga|
The Wasps scored seven tries in the win over Bath to secure their fifth straight victory.
Scoring 11 tries and nearly 100 points in the match, Bath led 29-24 at the break after tries by Rhys Priestland, Sam Underhill and Cameron Redpath.
After a punishing attempt, Tom Cruise and Brad Shields crossed paths with the Wasps, with four more to follow.
Paolo Odogwu scored twice, Cruz added a second and Dan Bassett also scored before Elliot Stook, Bath’s final bonus point, consoled him.
But Ben Spencer failed to score with a time conversion attempt that would have earned the hosts a second losing bonus point.
The only dark spot for the Wasps was the injury to Welsh Schalke’s Will Rowlands, who was replaced in the 37th minute. He was pushed off the field in the second minute and could not be examined because of a head injury.
The great consolation, however, was that Shields immediately began to claim his points, significantly reducing the interval deficit in his first appearance after a seven-week injury layoff.
Rowland’s teammate Welshman Priestland scored two assists and five penalties for the hosts and added his first try of the night for an individual score of 22 points.
Add to that a late penalty from Spencer after the exiled Welshman scored in the 56th minute. The minute should have started.
But Lima Sopoaga also managed seven shots – six at the end and a penalty – for 17 points.
After a somewhat bumpy start to the season, Wasps have now scored five consecutive victories, including two European Cup wins against the Dragons and Montpellier, as well as wins over three of last season’s top five players – league leaders Sale, Exeter and Bath.
winger Paolo Odogwu has scored two of his seven tries for Wasps to bring his total to six this season, five of them in the Premier League.
Rugby director Stuart Hooper told Bristol Sport.
We lose and lose to concede so many points. There is an emotional component when you play Rec, and 50 points at home will always hurt a lot.
It hurts and it will hurt for a while. It’s part of the sport. It’s about understanding the importance of home games. If it doesn’t hurt, it hurts.
We had some good periods and we scored, but we made too many mistakes and let them come back into the game.
Rhys Priestland controlled the game before he left, putting the Wasps under pressure. I hope he’s okay. We’ll look into it.
Wasphead coach Lee Blackett told Bristol Sport.
It was a sloppy start and we gave them too many chances, but I’m happy with the way the boys put things right.
There were two teams that looked pretty tired. The baths came out in just five days, and we had just six days after the massive physical meeting with Exeter.
Sometimes you see lines like that on the back. But I really thought it would be a classic 10-to-8 game on a January night, so it should be fun to score that many points for the record.
If you win three games in a row against Sale, Exeter and Bath, you have to be happy and you can improve.
Bathtub: De Glanville; A Watson, Joseph, Redpath, McConnochie; Priestland, Spencer; Obano, Dunn, Stewart, McNally, Ewels (Captain), Faletau, Underhill, Mercer.
Substitutions : Walker, Schuman, Judge, Stoke, Bayliss, Chudley, Matavesi, Hamer-Webb.
Wasps: Sopoaga; Odogwu, De Jong, Le Bourgois, Bassett; Umaga, Robson; West, Cruz, Brooks, Lonchbury (Capt), Rowlands, Gaskell, Young, Jay Willis.
Substitutions : Taylor, Mclntyre, Tomaga-Allen, Shields, Tillis, Porter, Goppert, Mr. Watson.
Referee: Matthew Carley.
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