Bath 17 Wasps 12: Cocky Vesty gives bonus-point lifeline
20:18 GMT, 21 April 2012
Ridiculous showboating by Sam Vesty presented Wasps with a bonus point lifeline that will probably lead to them staying in the Aviva Premiership.
The former Leicester fly-half would have scored a fourth try for Bath and bagged a bonus point had he not indulged in a grandstanding act of celebration before he had grounded the ball with time running out in this absorbing basement battle.
Battle: Wasps' Billy Vunipola is tackled during the Aviva Premiership match
But Vesty's folly enabled Tom
Varndell to prevent the try, leaving Wasps to fight a winner-takes-all
battle at home to Newcastle on May 5.
Once referee Dave Pearson ruled 'no
try' and whistled for the end of the match, the statisticians were at
work in deciding that Newcastle will need an unlikely victory at Wasps
by a margin of 24 points to survive.
Breakaway: Bath's Stephen Donald battles past Nicky Robinson
Blunder: Sam Vesty
Bath's lethargic first half display and some rotten luck looked certain to end in a fifth straight defeat.
They were 9-0 down at the break from
three Nick Robinson penalties but should have scored two tries. only for
Stuart Hooper and Michael Claassens to be denied by the video referee.
Wasps scrum-half Charlie Davies
thwarted Hooper's bid to round off a slick move and when Claassens
dashed 30 yards for the line, Jack Wallace prevented the try.
Sir Ian McGeechan said: 'Vesty has been apologising ever since the no-try incident but I hope Wasps win.'