Bath Rugby 34-17 London Irish, Recreation Ground
Bath Rugby came up with a five-try performance as they defeated London Irish 34-17 in the Gallagher Premiership face-off at Recreation Ground on Saturday.
A combination of Rhys Priestland and Ben Spencer got Bath off to a promising start with the latter going over the line to give them a five-point lead.
The home side looked in no trouble and further stretched their lead to 22 points with Tom Dunn going over the line twice in the 16th and 22nd minutes before Curtis Rona got the Exiles off the mark before the break with a try and Paddy Jackson slotted the extras.
The injuries did hamper London Irish as Matt Rodgerson left the field early in the first half while Rona limped off the field in the start of the second half. Jackson and Priestland traded penalties in the third quarter as Bath maintained their 20-10 lead heading into the final quarter of the game.
Jonathan Joseph sealed the bonus point for Bath with a dive in the corner in the 62nd minute while Jack Walker's try in the 69th minute took Bath's tally to 34 points. Matt Cornish scored a consolation try for the visitors in the 77th minute but the damage was already done as Bath sealed a convincing win.
The win has taken Bath to the fourth place in the table with 35 points while London Irish are at ninth spot.
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