Bath Rugby 26 Exeter Chiefs 18
Bath Rugby recovered from a slow start to complete a victory over Exeter Chiefs but missed out on a bonus point after squandering several try-scoring chances.
There were plenty of opportunities for both sides in the first half but a combination of solid defence and handling errors restricted the teams to a try each.
Luke Arscott crossed after Gareth Steenson had kicked a penalty to give Exeter an 8-0 lead but Bath fought back with two Butch James penalties and a converted Matt Banahan try moments before half-time.
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Director of rugby Sir Ian McGeechan said that his Bath side's performance in the middle 40 minutes of the match was the key to beating Exeter Chiefs at the Rec.
Bath were 8-0 down after 20 minutes but scored 21 points without reply to set up the victory that keeps alive their hopes of a play-off spot in the Aviva Premiership.
However, McGeechan admitted that it was a slight disappointment not to get a bonus point after squandering several chances during the match.
"The pleasing this is that we scored three tries but I suppose the disappointment is that the bonus-point opportunity was there," he said.
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