Sunday, 9 December 2012

Bath Rugby complete Italian job with record European win

Match report: BATH RUGBY 67 CALVISANO 11

By Harry Abbott

A record victory in Europe saw Bath Rugby take control of Pool 4 of the Amlin Cup as they ran in a ten-try haul against Italian visitors Calvisano.

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The win was built on a dominant second-half display in which Bath racked up 52 points, with the sin-binning of Andrea Lovotti just before the break proving crucial.

The home side scored four tries in the ten minutes he was off the field, with the game having looked evenly poised at 8-8 prior to the prop's departure.

Even when Calvisano were back to their full complement of players, however, it was too late to stop the rot. The visitors simply had no answer to Bath's attacks, as they took a big step towards the knockout stages.

New Scotland international Tom Heathcote gave Bath the lead with a penalty after just three minutes before, somewhat surprisingly, Calvisano grabbed the game's first try.


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