Wasps put problems off the pitch aside and take first win of the season against Bath


After Jack Willis dug in a few minutes later, Bath was in big trouble and things would only get worse when Wasps came up with a nice score. Shredding Bath opened up again down the left, Spink, Jacob Umaga and finally the excellent Odendaal with an agile offload behind his back, all combined to send Will Porter to the line. The club in disarray off the field had a comfortable 25-0 lead.

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Will Muir’s effort after a good break from Orlando Bailey gave Bath something to smile about, but this was a one-way street, with Wasps leading 28-7 at halftime and adding to their score after the break when a well-constructed attack was finished by Bassett, collecting a creaky pass from Charlie Atkinson to walk over his second.

Eddie Jones, watching in the stands, will no doubt have noticed Atkinson’s contribution, along with Jack Willis, who was typically outstanding (his yellow card aside).

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Wasps blew a healthy lead in Kingsholm against Gloucester in the opening weekend, but it couldn’t happen again after all… could it? Bath’s maul coming to life upset the apple cart, Tom Dunn and his magnificent mullet went over twice on either side of Jonathan Joseph stepping around Odendaal to score, taking the score from 7-36 to 28 in 10 minutes. -36 rose. But Bath couldn’t take the win, a late Wesps penalty even denied the hosts a losing bonus point.

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Wasps continued to hold on, despite a flat second half. That’s something they’ll have to do off the field for the next few days as their future hangs uncomfortably in the air.



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