Aviva Premierships: Bath score five tries to dispatch London Welsh at the Rec
Last Updated: 30/03/13 4:53pm
Bath pushed rock-bottom London Welsh closer to relegation from the Aviva Premiership with a 40-25 bonus-point victory at the Rec.
Still smarting after losing their appeal this week against a five-point deduction and £15,000 fine over the Tyson Keats affair, Welsh stayed in the game until the closing stages despite eventually conceding five tries to one.
The home team's firepower behind the scrum ensured they always had the edge and retained their hopes of a top-six place.
The west country outfit stormed to a 20 point lead with three tries coming in the first 14 minutes of the game from Matt Banahan, Carl Fearns and Fijian
Semesa Rokoduguni with Stephen Donald adding the extra points.
But Welsh were not giving up hope without a fight as they fought their way back into the contest thanks to six penalties from the boot of scrum-half Alex Davies.
Bath then pulled away again as firstly, Donald struck his second penalty of the day before Argentina international Horacio Agulla went over the whitewash to open up a ten point lead.
The Exiles, who came into the contest having not won a match for four months, eventually scored their first try of the afternoon thanks to full-back Seb Jewell and Davies' conversion brought his tally to 20 points.
However, Heathcote restored Bath's two-score advantage with a 75th minute penalty.
Replacement scrum-half Michael Claassens increased the margin of victory with a minute remaining as Bath recorded their first success in three games.
Fri 27th Mar
Northampton52 - 30Wasps
Sat 28th Mar
Leicester Tigers25 - 18Exeter
London Irish22 - 21Newcastle Falcons
Saracens42 - 14Harlequins
Sun 29th Mar
Sale Sharks23 - 6Gloucester
London Welsh14 - 29Bath
Fri 10th Apr
Newcastle Falcons0 - 0Bath
Sat 11th Apr
Harlequins0 - 0Gloucester
Saracens0 - 0Leicester Tigers
Sun 12th Apr
Exeter0 - 0Northampton
London Welsh0 - 0Wasps
London Irish0 - 0Sale Sharks
Fri 24th Apr
Bath0 - 0London Irish
Sat 25th Apr
Sale Sharks0 - 0Harlequins
Gloucester0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers0 - 0London Welsh
Northampton0 - 0Saracens
Sun 26th Apr
Wasps0 - 0Exeter
Fri 8th May
Harlequins0 - 0Bath
Sat 9th May
Sale Sharks0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Gloucester0 - 0London Irish
Northampton0 - 0London Welsh
Wasps0 - 0Leicester Tigers
Sun 10th May
Saracens0 - 0Exeter
Sat 16th May
Bath0 - 0Gloucester
Exeter0 - 0Sale Sharks
Leicester Tigers0 - 0Northampton
London Irish0 - 0Wasps
London Welsh0 - 0Saracens
Newcastle Falcons0 - 0Harlequins
Aviva Premiership 2012/13 Round 19
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