Aviva Premiership: Bath move into third spot with easy win at Wasps
Last Updated: 24/11/13 5:13pm
Bath moved into third spot in the Aviva Premiership table after extending their winning run to seven matches in all competitions with a convincing 28-5 victory against Wasps at Adams Park on Sunday.
Fijian winger Semesa Rokoduguni scored Bath's opening two tries while flanker Matt Garvey powered in for Bath's third try.
Fly-half George Ford landed 11 points from the boot thanks to two penalties, a conversion and a drop-goal in a one-sided encounter.
The visitors' powerful pack laid the foundation for the win as they outmuscled Wasps, forcing them to concede a succession of scrum penalties.
Right wing Jonah Holmes salvaged a late try for the hosts, who had won their previous two league matches.
Bath went ahead in the third minute when their rolling maul led to a penalty, kicked by Ford.
The visitors doubled their lead when Ford struck a superb 40-metre drop-goal.
Wasps had to defend desperately after their pack handed Bath yet another penalty on the halfway line.
They conceded three more as the visitors strove to force their way through on the right, with the second resulting in a yellow card for Wasps prop Phil Swainston after he dragged down Bath's attacking maul.
Bath finally found a way through when former Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer and Ford moved the ball left for centre Jonathan Joseph to send right wing Rokoduguni arcing in as he joined the attack on the left.
Wasps brought their big guns off the bench, introducing former England back-row man James Haskell for number eight Nathan Hughes at the start of the second half and current England lock Joe Launchbury for Kearnan Myall five minutes later.
Andy Goode missed a third penalty chance to open their account, pulling his long-range kick wide.
Another barnstorming Bath scrum had Wasps backpedalling frantically as they shipped yet another penalty, kicked by Ford to extend his side's lead to 14-0 after 58 minutes.
Two minutes later, Bath number eight Leroy Houston fended off former England lock Tom Palmer's poor attempt at a tackle to make the break and pass inside to send Rokoduguni on a clear run for his second try, converted by Ford.
Bath's inexplicable decision to go for goal with their next penalty, instead of chasing the bonus point, backfired when Ford missed.
When Wasps finally got quick ball from a scrum, replacement half-backs Charlie Davies and Joe Carlisle combined to send Holmes over in the right corner but Carlisle missed the conversion.
Garvey forced his way over for Bath's third try three minutes from time, with replacement fly-half Tom Heathcote converting, but they missed out on the winning bonus point their forward dominance should have delivered.
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
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Wasps director of rugby Dai Young apologised to the home supporters following Bath's comprehensive win at Adams Park.
Jim Mallinder says the severity of a knee injury suffered by England full-back Ben Foden has yet to be determined.
Saracens centre Joel Tomkins is facing three months out of action after picking up a knee injury on England duty.