Sunday, 9 September 2012

Eastmond's first try shows Bath have a new gem

Wasps spent all last season finding victory an elusive prize. They do not want a repeat this season, after losing their opening Aviva Premiership fixture in such dramatic fashion against Harlequins and then coming away from Bath yesterday with no more than a losing bonus point, thanks to Nicky Robinson's last-minute penalty goal.

In truth, on a blissful afternoon, they were always chasing the game. All of a sudden the rocket-fuelled start they made against Harlequins at Twickenham fell to earth against one of the meanest defences of 2011-12. Bath will not be readily associated with the word risk for some time but they look like a side building purposefully.

They hope to have Stephen Donald, their 2011 World Cup-winning fly-half, available next weekend and young Tom Heathcote soon after but, in the meantime, Olly Barkley has slotted cheerfully back into the number-10 shirt. If Barkley continues to kick his goals – he is 14 from 14 after two games – they will be hard for anyone to beat but Barkley also manages well the game they seek to play.



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