25th Jun, 2022

RUGBY UNION - Wasps romp to seven-try win against basement club Bath

PAOLO ODOGWU and Alfie Barbeary both crossed twice as Wasps romped to a seven-try 41-24 bonus point win against bottom club Bath.

Odogwu and Barbeary struck late in the second half after Rob Miller, Biyi Alo and Elliott Stooke crossed for first-half tries at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

The visitors had Semesa Rokoduguni sent off early in the second period and Wasps used their man advantage to secure a fourth successive victory.

And the win lifts Wasps up to fifth in the Gallagher Premiership table, just one point behind next weekend’s opponents Harlequins.

And Lee Blackett’s side made a superb start when Charlie Atkinson produced a stunning long pass out to Josh Bassett who set-up Miller to score in the left corner after just two minutes.

The visitors responded on 15 minutes when Tom Prydie dotted down following a powerful run from former Wasps man Nathan Hughes with Orlando Bailey converting.

However, the home side restored their lead on 20 minutes when Alo forced his way over the line from a driving maul with Jimmy Gopperth converting.

Bath refused to lie down and were back in front on 32 minutes when returning British and Irish Lions flanker Taulupe Faletau touched down after a fine break from Max Ojomoh.

And the lead changed hands again on 37 minutes when Stooke finished in the corner after the ball broke loose following an unsuccessful strip attempt by Hughes to send Wasps into the break with a three-point lead.

Bath were reduced to 14-men in the first minute of the second period after Rokoduguni saw red for a high shot on Sam Spink.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Bath scored their third try when Hughes broke the line before producing a sublime kick ahead which was picked up and finished by Ben Spencer on 48 minutes.

And Bath extended their lead to seven points just past the hour mark when Bailey kicked a penalty as Wasps’ frustrations boiled over.

However, after Tom de Glanville was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on on 67 minutes, Wasps finally made their advantage count.

Odogwu grabbed the first of his two tries with a powerful finish in the right corner on 68 minutes before producing a similarly impressive score three minutes later after picking up from Ryan Mills’ kick.

And Wasps continued to exploit the right edge when Barbeary dove over on 74 minutes after Odogwu had intercepted the ball close to the Bath line.

Barbeary then completed the scoring with the final play of the game with Gopperth’s conversion taking the home side over the 40-point mark for just the second time this season.

Wasps are next in action away at Harlequins on Saturday, February 19 with kick-off at 3pm at Twickenham Stoop.

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