Paul Rees at The Rec

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Name: Paul Rees at The Rec
Date registered: February 21, 2015
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/premiership

Latest posts

  1. Wasps extend Premiership lead with Kurtley Beale-inspired win at Bath — March 4, 2017
  2. Bath see off Harlequins thanks to vintage performance by Rhys Priestland — February 18, 2017
  3. Jack Nowell’s all-round excellence for Exeter outshines Bath’s Rokoduguni — January 1, 2017
  4. Exeter’s James Short scores two late tries to seal fightback at Bath — December 31, 2016

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Mar 04

Wasps extend Premiership lead with Kurtley Beale-inspired win at Bath

• Bath 3-24 Wasps
• Beale scores two tries in a commanding victory for Wasps

Wasps and Bath have invested heavily in recent seasons but the home side look spent after another anaemic performance led to their sixth defeat in nine Premiership matches. It was a match between two sides in the top four, but only one looked like potential champions, and they played well within themselves.

Related: Dan Robson says wise Wasps aim to go one step beyond this season

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/04/bath-wasps-premiership-match-report

Feb 18

Bath see off Harlequins thanks to vintage performance by Rhys Priestland

• Bath 22-12 Harlequins
• Welsh fly-half displays confidence of old to kick 17 points

The morning mist gave way to afternoon sunshine, but two sides some way below full strength found themselves trapped in a haze. A game bristling with attacking intent too often lacked vision and clarity, raising the question of the value of league fixtures when so many teams are depleted.

Harlequins, who were missing six internationals and all of their understudies, had won their previous three Premiership matches against Bath and had hauled themselves into the top half of the table with their first away league victory of the season at Bristol the previous week, but they were hanging on for the first 25 minutes before fashioning a try out of nothing.

Related: Eddie Jones’s astute changes leave Six Nations rivals playing catch-up | Paul Rees

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/18/bath-harlequins-premiership-match-report

Jan 01

Jack Nowell’s all-round excellence for Exeter outshines Bath’s Rokoduguni

England coach Eddie Jones’ selection of Nowell over Rokoduguni seemed vindicated as the Exeter winger helped his side to a 17-11 win over Bath

There was no shortage of advice for the watching Eddie Jones from the home supporters in the first half as the Bath wing Semesa Rokoduguni, who has just been left out of the England training camp in Brighton this week, ran rampant.

He scored one try and was denied another by a wing Jones selected ahead of him, Jack Nowell. “It was like Harry Potter had given him his cloak of invisibility,” said the Exeter head coach, Rob Baxter. “We couldn’t lay a hand on him.”

Related: Exeter’s James Short scores two late tries to seal fightback at Bath

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/01/jack-nowell-semesa-rokoduguni-bath-exeter-eddie-jones

Dec 31

Exeter’s James Short scores two late tries to seal fightback at Bath

• Bath 11-17 Exeter
• Exeter score twice in last nine minutes against 14-man Bath

Exeter have, in their seven seasons in the top flight, tended to reserve their worst for Bath, the only Premiership club they had not travelled to and won. For 70 minutes here, they never threatened to erase that blot only to end a year that had seen them achieve two firsts, the knock-out stage of the European Cup and the play-off final at Twickenham, on a high that was all the more elevated because even Nostradamus would not have seen it coming.

Bath were leading 11-0 going into the final quarter, comfortable in their superiority. Exeter were dogged in defence but laboured in attack, unable to create space through passing. Even when Gareth Steenson scored their first points with a 45-metre penalty after Nick Auterac had been ruled to have taken down a scrum, it looked a sure home victory. And then the Chiefs, like some volcano long declared extinct, erupted, sealing their first league victory here with two tries in the last 10 minutes by their replacement wing James Short.

Related: Semesa Rokoduguni: ‘I like working with Eddie. When he’s not happy, he tells you’

Related: Joe Launchbury set to miss the start of Six Nations with calf injury

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/31/bath-exeter-premiership-match-report