Fixture: Team Bath Rugby 1st team vs Swansea University 1st XV
Date and Time: Wednesday 23 November 2011, 2.00pm
Score: Team Bath 30 Swansea 10
Venue: Sulis Sports Club, University of Bath
It was that time of the week again where players and fans alike descended upon the Sulis Club on a wintry afternoon to see a travelling Swansea side face an undefeated University of Bath side at home.
It was a chance for the home side to run out onto the turf after a week off and they were all keen to put into practice the training they had been doing the previous week.
From the off, it was clear for all to see the tactics devised by the Swansea team and that involved playing field territory and pinning the Bath team back, deep into their own half.
As a result the first half proved to be a something of a chess match where neither side wanted to make the first error.
However, the first sign of dominance came from the well drilled Bath forwards.
A lineout was given on the Swansea 10 metre line with Bath winning there own ball.
A quick and accurate set up allowed the home side to quickly put the away side under pressure and with physicality, power and precision they marched the home side a good 40 metres down field setting up an attacking option down the blindside which the backs duly took and scored in the corner.
The second half started with much of the same tactics displayed by Swansea but in this half, Bath seemed to have a much more attacking mindset.
Having the creative and attacking duo of Zak Vinnicombe and Paul Roberts at fly half and inside centre respectively, and also the strong running and dominance from full back Toby May, the home side started to run with real intent and started to create more scoring opportunities.
The first try of this half came from another duo however. The industrious open side flanker Ben Johnstone found himself in the midfield in an attacking position and threw a delightful miss pass out to the Bath speedster, Sam Miller, who inevitably out paced the cover defence to add another 5 points to the score line.
This wasn’t Miller’s final contribution to the game. He was to go on to score another try but all plaudits have to go out to Roberts for the score. He recognised that the Swansea back line liked to rush out and put pressure on the opposition back line.
Having realised this, he put in an audacious kick, showing good control allowing Miller to use his pace to reach the ball first and dive over the line.
All other points were added by the University of Bath’s star man Zak Vinnicombe, meaning the final score was University of Bath 30 – Swansea University 10.