The University of Bath men’s 1st XV saw their three-match unbeaten run in BUCS Super Rugby come to an end as they were beaten 35-24 at Loughborough on Wednesday.
A strong first half from Loughborough saw them run in four tries through fly-half Tom Ffitch, centre Quinten Koster, scrum-half Alex Glashan and number eight Charlie Kingham, three of which were converted.
This was countered by touchdowns from Bath winger Levi Davis and hooker George Frampton in the 13th and 37th minutes respectively, bringing about a half-time score of 26-10 to Loughborough.
The second half proved to be a challenge for both sides as the weather conditions worsened with snow settling across the pitch. Bath conceded two penalties, scored by Loughborough’s Ffitch to bump their score up to 32-10.
This didn’t discourage the visitors from pushing on, however, and they secured a four-try bonus point thanks to touchdowns from Jack Burroughs and replacement George Wotton, both converted by fly-half Will Flinn (pictured), but any hopes of a comeback were dashed as a late Loughborough penalty took the game out of reach.
Loughborough’s consistency and Bath’s occasional ball handling errors were the deciding factors according to Team Bath Head of Rugby Aaron James. He agreed that it was “a deserved win” for Loughborough but commended Bath’s “character to fight back” in the second half.
That match is taking place at the University of Bath Sports Training Village on Wednesday, January 17 (6.30pm) and admission to spectators is free.