By Abbie Snow and Budd Crooks
#PackTheRec and an Anglo-Welsh rivalry saw over 5500 spectators fill the Rec Wednesday night for the Anniversary Game of the University of Bath versus Cardiff University.
A last minute penalty captivated Bath to victory last year, and last night saw the boys in Blue and Gold claim their first win of the season with a dominant performance, securing a 52-25 bonus point win over the Welsh.
Cardiff were first to get points on the board with a try down the wing and a conversion. Bath didn’t let this faze them, and pushed a strong driving maul towards the line, with Bath’s tight-head Rowling over. Debate now about the Bath conversion which seemingly appeared to (but absolutely didn’t) convert, to the confusion of the commentator.
Bath showed their dominance in the forwards with a further rolling maul coming from a set piece, as well as a breakaway try from Jordan Dale, extending the score gap, 19-10 to Bath.
Cardiff managed to gain a penalty just outside of their own 22-metre line which was converted to close the gap to 19-13. Only then could noise from the Welsh, sitting at the opposite end of the stadium be heard, but not for long… Attempts from Bath to secure a third set piece try came just before the half time, along with the bonus point.
After draining the bar for the last 100 minutes, the half-time break saw the Rec finally cave in and run out of double pint cups – what a train-Rec.
After the restart, Bath’s dominance continued and saw Cardiff concede a penalty try for repeated offside, along with a yellow card for the privilege. Down to 14 men, Cardiff were anxious to get back on the board and secured a drop-goal from outside the 22 – Bet365 would love the odds. As the game began to open up in the final quarter, Bath managed to score a further 4 tries leaving the visitors scrambling for a consolation try in the closing minutes of the game. Final score 52-25 to Bath.