5 matches that cost Bath a Champions Cup spot

  1. December 5th 2015 – Bath Rugby 11 Northampton Saints 13

Northampton have been Bath’s bogey team over the past few season and the Saints had been the only team to have beaten Bath at the Rec all of last season. Neither team was in much form going into the game. Both had 2 wins from 5 games and many were suspecting the clash of last season’s top 2 teams to be a rugby spectacle. It was not. The event of the match which determined the outcome was a mistake from England fly-half George Ford. The then 22-year-old threw a wild miss pass in an attempt to get away from the defence only for Luther Burrell to intercept and score an easy try under the posts.

  1. January 2nd 2016 – Newcastle Falcons 19 Bath Rugby 14

A team of Bath’s calibre should be heading up to the north expecting no less than a win and even contemplating returning home with a bonus point, especially against a side looking for their first win of the campaign. A quick start from Bath and all these expectations were looking correct. But once again Bath’s lack of discipline cost them. Countless penalties conceded in kickable positions and all Bath could do was watch the ball sail between the posts and watch as Newcastle won their first game of the season.

  1. January 30th 2016 – Saracens 19 Bath Rugby 13

Saracens were always the favourites to win this match. Current Aviva Premiership champions, top of the table and even though they were missing many a player due to international commitments Bath were also missing their key players. The half time score therefore was wholly unexpected but totally deserved, Bath were 13-0 up. From 13-0 up to losing 19-13. Yes it was against the best team in England and possibly Europe but it shows just how much of a fall from grace Bath have had over the past season.

  1. February 5th 2016 – Bath Rugby 11 Gloucester Rugby 15

The West Country derby. Bath undefeated home and away for four years. Bath dominated the first half only to be 8-3 up at the break. But once again a lacklustre second half performance combined with ill-discipline left Bath on the receiving end of a defeat against their bitter rivals.

  1. April 17th 2016 – Sale Sharks 29 Bath Rugby 17

The match that all but confirmed Bath were going to be playing Challenge Cup rugby next year. A well contested first half had the score at 17-9 in favour of the Sharks at half time. But it’s the second half where all the interesting moments happened. A well worked try for Semesa Rokoduguni and further points added by Ford got the scores all level and momentum with Bath with 10 minutes to play. But Bath’s most common demon of the 2015/16 season wasn’t willing to be at rest as ill-discipline resulted in a yellow card for Dom Day. Two tries for Sale and Bath were waving goodbye to top level European rugby.

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