Toulouse hold off late fightback from Bath to complete 20-17 win

Semesa Rokoduguni's try went in vain for Bath
Semesa Rokoduguni's try went in vain for Bath

Toulouse 20-17 Bath Rugby, Stade Ernest Wallon

Toulouse will face Racing 92 in the quarter-final of the Heineken Champions Cup after they managed to hold off late fightback from Bath Rugby to complete a 20-17 victory at Stade Ernest Wallon on Sunday.

This was also Toulouse fifth win from six games as they qualify from second in Pool 1 with 21 points while Bath managed a solitary win from six games to finish third in the group ahead of Wasps, who had a winless campaign.

Samoan lock Joe Tekori got Toulouse off the mark in the 14th minute when he crossed over and Zack Holmes kicked a conversion and a penalty to take them to a 10 point lead.

Rhys Priestland led the visitors' response in the 24th minute with a three-pointer before man of the match Antoine Dupont took advantage of a loose ball near Bath's try line for their second try and Holmes conversion took the scoreline to 17-3 at the end of the first half.

Just when it looked down and out, Bath finally showed resilience with Semesa Rokoduguni and Zach Mercer scoring tries in 61st and 76th minute on either side of Thomas Ramos penalty but it fell short as the French side completed a 20-17 victory.


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