Bath claim top position with 38-3 win over Cardiff Blues

Ross Batty went over twice for Bath
Ross Batty went over twice for Bath

Bath Rugby 38 - 3 Cardiff Blues, Recreation Ground

Ross Batty scored tries in each half as Bath Rugby ended Cardiff Blues' unbeaten streak in this season of European Rugby Challenge Cup with a 38-3 convincing victory at Recreation Ground on Thursday.

Bath's dominance was aided when Cardiff Blues were reduced to 13 men when Cardiff Blues hooker Kirby Myhill and lock George Earle were sin-binned and sent-off respectively in the 42nd and 43rd minute of the game.

After the first 20 minutes went without a point, Cardiff Blues fly-half Steve Shingler got the team off the mark with a penalty which remained the only score for his team in the entire game.

It took Bath just five more minutes to claim the lead when Batty crossed over in the 26th minute while England international George Ford added a conversion and a penalty to take his team to a seven-point lead at half-time.

Wingers Jack Wilson and Aled Brew capitalised on the infringements from Cardiff Blues which reduced them to 13-men temporarily as they strolled past the post in 44th and 51st minute respectively with Ford adding the extras.

Even though Myhill returned back, the fact that the visitors had one-man short worked in Bath favour with Batty touching down for the second time in the game to secure the bonus point while replacement Elliott Stooke capped off a fantastic game for the home side with a try in the closing stage to secure a 35-point victory.

Bath now top Pool 4 with Cardiff Blues placed at second followed by Bristol and Pau.


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