Bath 54 - 13 Bordeaux-Begles

Match info: Rugby Challenge Cup at

Date: 16/01/2014 KO: 19:45 Att: 10,679

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


TriesBiggs (2) Ford (33) Perenise (37) Joseph (46) Day (50) Rokoduguni (58, 80) Eastmond (61)ConversionsFord (2, 33, 37, 46, 50, 58) Banahan (80)



TriesQueheille (77)ConversionsBernard (77)PenaltiesSaubusse (7, 9)

FT (ht: 21-6)

  • Last Updated: January 16 2014, 22:07 GMT

Bath secured a home fixture in the quarter-finals of the Amlin Challenge Cup by dispatching Bordeaux-Begels 54-13 in their final group fixture at the Rec.

Stuart Hooper celebrates with tryscorer Dominic Day (r)
Stuart Hooper celebrates with tryscorer Dominic Day (r)

Already assured of a last-eight place, Bath made it six wins from six in the competition - four of which have been bonus-point triumphs - by running in eight tries against their French opponents on Thursday night.

As well as securing home advantage, the victory also ensures Bath will avoid any 'best losers' from the Heineken Cup competition in the next phase.

Marauding wing Tom Biggs started the ball rolling after just 86 seconds and, despite struggling for fluency as the half progressed, Bath struck twice more before the interval through George Ford and Anthony Perenise to lead 21-6 at the break.

The home side needed just six minutes to register the bonus point they craved, the inspirational Ford teeing up Jonathan Joseph for a decisive score.

With Bordeaux at sixes and sevens defensively the floodgates opened midway through the second half with three further Bath tries in the space of 11 minutes.

Dominic Day profited on a fumble to scamper home for Bath's fifth score of the evening and Semesa Rokoduguni strolled over minutes later following a dazzling solo run.

Kyle Eastmond proved an attacking menace all evening and showed great strength to touch down on 61 minutes, Ford missing his first conversion of the evening to keep the score at 47-6.

Despite their plight, Bordeaux battled gamely and, after Bath replacement Ryan Caldwell was sent to the sin-bin for dangerous play at the line-out, the visitors grabbed a consolation try against the 14-men through Gilem Queheille.

Bath had the last laugh, though, Rokoduguni stepping off the wing to complete the rout with his second try and his side's eighth.

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