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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bath ruin the Wasps party at Twickenham

Bath ruin the Wasps party at Twickenham

Bath continued their great run of form as they beat Wasps 35-19 at Twickenham in front of 60 000 fans for St Georges day. The bonus point win moved them to fourth place in the Guinness Premiership.

Baths Kiwi wing Joe Maddock scored a hat-trick of tries, two of which came from excellent handling. The third, an intercept from a loose pass, was more regulation but just as important.

Olly Barkley in the midfield had a great day out as he kicked 15 points and earned the man of the match award for his general all round play. Hes admitted that he still has England ambitions.

"I've never given up on England and I'd love to go on the tour," said Barkley. "I've missed playing for my country, but the priority for me is getting Bath to the Premiership final," he added.

Coach Steve Meehan was delighted with the win, but is keeping a level head.

"There's a lot of rugby yet; a lot of things can happen. There's the small matter of a match against Leeds who have been playing well, dogging it out. But we've always believed that we could win these last three games. The players have done very well to achieve that," he said.

As for Wasps, they were wearing a special St Georges Day kit, but the loss has all but ruined their hopes of achieving a play-off place. They do however have European hopes, as they face Cardiff Blues on Saturday.

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Posted by Rugbydump at 7:41 pm | View Comments (25)

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Tamati April 29, 2010 6:42 pm

Quality passing there! Nice tries. Impressive stuff. Cheers

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RedYeti April 29, 2010 7:01 pm

No complaints about the Guinness Premiership now that we've got good weather and nice ground to play running games on :) Haven't seen a boring kickfest in a good month at least

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Benson April 29, 2010 7:42 pm

Yeah, it's been good from what I've seen.

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Anonymous April 29, 2010 8:41 pm

That was a great match.

Rebels beware Cipriani still can't tackle. If you can't tackle with Shaun Edwards coaching you it's never going to happen.

It's strange how two of the younger Guiness premiership 10's (Lamb and Cipriani) have a great attacking game but just can't defend. It's a bit worrying for the future of the England 10 shirt.

James on the other hand had a great game. James or Steyn is a headache any coach could deal with.

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Will April 29, 2010 9:32 pm

Absolutely brilliant game by Bath, fluent passing and try scroing prowess :) well done.

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Anonymous April 30, 2010 7:11 am

To be honest, I don't really expect Cipriani to succeed in the S14.
He's just not really very good.
Soft on defence, too slow with his passing, not enough vision.

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Alain April 30, 2010 8:38 am

great tries by loving the saffer 8,9 and 10 combination

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Kenny April 30, 2010 8:59 am

great tries by loving the saffer 8,9 and 10 combination

There in lies the problem in the GP; all the good players are imports;

Look at wasps simpson and cipriani; both crap and it showed;

GP needs to nurtur the English players for a few years stop importing, expect and take the hit it gives on the european level for a few years but in ten years time they might have some really good home grown talent.

At the moment the GP is much like English Premiership in football. All the great players are foreign and as a result there is no good talent being nurtured or given the game time they need to make it on the big stage.

Too many clubs with too much money spending it on the wrong players; aka looking at next season insted of making a five/ten year plan.

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jackohos April 30, 2010 9:37 am

Just a small point: it was played the day after St George's Day.

Anyway, I was there and it was a fantastic event. Wasps were totally outplayed. Barkley was fantastic and surely must start instead of Flutey on tour this summer. Luke Watson also had a great game.

As an England fan I hope that Cipriani goes Down Under and returns like Giteau or Carter - players with similar talent but better attitudes.

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Hackney Griffin April 30, 2010 11:01 am

There is some nonsense being posted here:

1. "The good weather has resulted in the improvement in the rugby being played" - RedYeti

= the improvement in the rugby being played came after Referees were instructed to disregard the IRBs change to the refereeing of the breakdown and again give the attacking team the advantage

2. "Young English 10s can't tackle"

= before Wilkinson 10s were often weak defensive links. And many still are. Cipriani is particularly soft here. Lamb has tightened this up a lot since his disastrous appearance in the Prem final against Leicester and their Pacific Island wrecking balls. It certainly isn't true of Toby Flood, or of younger players like Joe Ford, Alex Goode and Freddie Burns.

3. "Cipriani isn't very good. Lacks vision" - Anonymous

= After two horrible injuries Ciprianis form dropped off a mountain. Unfortunately after his early performances had attracted so much hype (because they were phenomenal) he was under a spotlight and continues to be judged on these recovery performances. In this match he appeared to try too hard. But more than anything he was playing behind a beaten pack. He'll be fine in the S14:

4. "There are too many imports in the Prem. Not enough young English players"

= Young English players who emerged this season, play regularly and put their hands up for future international calls:

Ben Youngs/ Billy Twelvetrees/ Andy Saull/ Alex Goode/ Chris Ashton/ Courtney Lawes/ Joe Simpson/ Rory Clegg/ George Lowe/ Charlie Shaprles/ Freddie Burns/ Joe Ford/ Tom Denton/ Miles Benjamin/ Johnny Arr/ Tom Biggs/ Rob Vickerman & Rob Vickers/ Mikey Young/ James Gaskell/

Wasps and Irish don't add any players to the list. But both have a strong English element to their squad, including many players with a good number of years ahead of them, be it Barkley, the Armitages, Paice, Corbisero... try harder and I bet you can name a raft of exciting young English players in the Prem.

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Anonymous April 30, 2010 11:28 am

Hackney Griffin always talks sense.

A further note to Kenny Bullshit, "At the moment the GP is much like English Premiership in football. All the great players are foreign"

The hottest property and the leading scoring in the Premiership at the moment is Wayne Rooney. He's English, the last time I checked.

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The Inside Shoulder April 30, 2010 12:02 pm

@ Hackney Griffin - RedYeti's comments are perfectly valid.

Both the instructions given to the referees AND the improving weather and pitch conditions are contributing factors to an overall better standard of rugby in the latter half of the season.

Regarding the video - Bath are brilliant and we're going to win the Premiership.

Also, Butch James absolutely loves the high tackle, he deliberately trys to put in at least one a game.

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Sarcas April 30, 2010 4:00 pm

Just to point out to the Hackney Griffen that Joe Simpson does in fact play for Wasps and so we have added at least one player to your list ;->. I'd also go and add Dom Waldouck to that list - he's been having a fantastic season for us.

Regardless, you make a great point. There is a huge amount of young English talent in the English game at the moment (as a Scot this worries me a little, but as a Wasps fan I'm pleased).

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Sarcas April 30, 2010 4:50 pm

Whoops - also meant to lodge a quick comment on the game (I haven't watched the clip as the game was painful enough live). Bath played extremely well - all over the park. In fact, they looked like a Wasps team from a few years ago: rock solid in defence, and lethal with the chances they were given. Luke Watson did have a big game, as did James and Barkley.

As a Wasps fan - we did everything we could to help Bath along (in fact, we looked like a Bath team from a few years ago - how many dropped passes and knock ons do you need in a game?). I don't mind losing when you're just outplayed (and we were). But all the aforementioned dropped passes, the missed tackles (which have crept in of late) and some questionable decision making made me angry. We're better than that, and we'll need to be against Cardiff.

Anyway - great job Bath!

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cheyanqui April 30, 2010 4:54 pm

When Steve Walsh goes to bed after blowing a call in a S14 match, he checks under his bed to make sure Rugbydump isn't waiting.

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Flooz April 30, 2010 5:04 pm

Great tries from bath and quality actions
that said, it's pretty rare to see that kind of stuff in guinness premiership;)

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blur April 30, 2010 6:26 pm

i'm sorry.. do english young player as good as the youngster of super 14? look at the many superb young player they have, the cihef has aaron cruden, and the australian..berrick barnes, quade coooper, n JOC..didn't mention the faingaa's brothers. the are all international level. but GP. still a GP players

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Chris Boy April 30, 2010 9:09 pm

Cipriani may not be the strongest defender but that doesn't mean he's not a great player. O'gara has the defencive capabilities of a 6 year old girl and look at what he's achieved.

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wilshere May 01, 2010 4:37 am

o'gara has a robot leg. his consistency in his kicking make him one of the best fly half in the world. cipriani, well not good enough. n why abendannon not been called up in englang squad. i'm sure he's prove too much to be in england squad. i think he is better than delon

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Raggaduck May 01, 2010 7:33 am

Superb english game. Great intensity, amzing forwards performance, great execution. I love this style! French fan

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dezzy May 01, 2010 10:26 am

olly barkley is a great player. I don't understand why he doesn't play for england.

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Anonymous May 01, 2010 11:27 am

Hackney Griffin,

not to mention cipriani was following in JW's limelight....

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'a product of nottingham university rfc...'

um not really, the guy has been playing high class rugby in hong kong well before he got into nottingham uni, he played for hong kong rugby 1st team at a high standard before he got into nottingham...., good on nottingham, but definately not a product of them!

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Ah, mutha f*cka, wrong video comments section......

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Keep looking England May 04, 2010 5:48 am

Most useless player going around is that bath winger, banahan? Shocking. God it was funny when England used him against the AB's last year. Yea he's tall, but hes about as fast and light on his feet as a prop. The new Lomu ay?

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