Sunday, September 5, 2010

Leeds 16-32 Bath

Leeds (9) 16
Tries: Thompson Cons: Hinton Pens: Thomas 2 Drops: Thomas

Bath (10) 32
Tries: Abendanon, Vesty, Carraro, Watson Cons: Vesty 3 Pens: Vesty 2

Matt Carraro (left) and Marco Wentzel
Bath's Matt Carraro bursts past Marco Wentzel on the way to scoring his side's third try in their win at Leeds

Sam Vesty scored 17 points on debut as Bath opened their Premiership campaign with a bonus-point victory at Leeds.

Bath only led 10-9 after the break as Ceiron Thomas replied to Vesty's penalty and Nick Abendanon's converted try with two penalties and a drop goal.

But the visitors took control after the restart as Vesty added the extras to his own try and landed another penalty before converting Matt Carraro's try.

Luke Watson also went over before Steve Thompson's late consolation for Leeds.

Both sides paraded a number of their new signings at a sunkissed Headingley, with Leeds handing starting roles to new boys Lachlan Mackay, Semi Tadulala, Miguel Alonso and former Bath pair Michael Stephenson and Daniel Browne, while Thompson had to settle for a place on the bench.

Bath were hit by the late withdrawal of Olly Barkley because of injury but were able to hand a debut to England captain Lewis Moody, as well as Vesty, Simon Taylor and Leeds old boy Tom Briggs.

It was Leeds who enjoyed the early pressure and twice stole Bath ball at the line-out, but it was the visitors who got their noses in front through Vesty's boot.


Thomas soon levelled when Bath collapsed a scrum, before another penalty gave Leeds the lead.

It was to be for the only time as Vesty sent Abendanon in at the right corner to cap a well worked move, with Vesty adding the extras.

Thomas cut Bath's lead to a point with a long-range drop-goal on the stroke of half time, only for the visitors to stretch away after the restart.

Vesty waltzed over the line after being found by scrum-half Michael Claasens, who then sent in Carraro unopposed.

Vesty converted both tries and kicked a penalty in between, and although Bath lost Claasens to the sin bin for persistent infringement, they still grabbed a fourth try when Watson stole in on the blindside.

Thompson burrowed over in the dying seconds for a score that Leigh Hinton converted but it was only a mere consolation.

Leeds Carnegie: Stephenson, Blackett, Burrell, MacKay, Tadulala, Thomas, Mathie, Alonso, Titterrell, Gomez, T. Denton, Wentzel, Myall, Fourie, Browne.
Replacements: Hinton for Blackett (65), S. Barrow for Thomas (53), Fury for Mathie (63), Hardy for Alonso (63), Thompson for Titterrell (49), Swainston for Gomez (54), Oakley for Wentzel (72), To'oala for Fourie (55).

Bath: Abendanon, Carraro, Banahan, Hape, Biggs, Vesty, Claassens, Flatman, Mears, Wilson, Hooper, Grewcock, Taylor, Moody, Watson.
Replacements: Cuthbert for Abendanon (63), McMillan for Biggs (70), Catt for Flatman (55), Dixon for Mears (65), Bell for Wilson (65), Skirving for Grewcock (65), Beattie for Moody (65). Not Used: Roberts.

Sin Bin: Claassens (70).

Att: 5,509

Ref: John Paul Doyle (RFU).

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