It’s been a bleak night thus far for Bath at the Rec in their Champions Cup clash with PRO12 champions, the Scarlets.
The Welsh side raced into a 29-3 lead after a magnificent try from the man-of-the-match elect, Tadhg Beirne, started off a period of 1st half dominance from Wayne Pivac’s side as they put a further two tries on Bath in the first half through Paul Asquith and Hadleigh Parkes.
Todd Blackadder would have been fuming at half-time with his side’s performance and things went from bad to worse at the beginning of the second half when a beautiful grubber from Rhys Patchell sent Scott Williams over in the corner to compound more misery onto the home supporters.
However, Bath did manage to muster a score of their own in the second half when Matt Banahan touched down in the corner after a cross-field kick from Freddie Burns was collected by the Gloucester-bound winger.
Banahan did incredibly well to get the ball down before being barrelled into touch by Gareth Davies.
Check it out below.
Woah Matt Banahan! 😳
Mad acrobatics 👏
Bath register their first try of the night in style… pic.twitter.com/1ZrMe4eH4X
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Remarkably, although Davies did make contact with Banahan when the Jerseyman touched the turf, he used no arms in the tackle and made no attempt to wrap his arms and yet he didn’t receive any punishment from referee Jerome Garces.
At the time of writing, there are 10 minutes to go and Scarlets lead 29-10.