RUGBY: Bath 54 Bordeaux-Begles 11

RUGBY: Bath 54 Bordeaux-Begles 11

Bath lock Dominic Day (right) celebrates is second-half try with Stuart Hooper

Centre Jonathan Joseph bursts through to score Bath's fourth try at the Rec

First published in Sport News

BATH secured top seeding for the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a comfortable bonus-point win in Pool 2 at home to Bordeaux-Begles.

George Ford celebrated his senior England call-up with another assured display with 17 points that included an impressive solo try.

Semesa Rokoduguni also grabbed a brace while Tom Biggs, Anthony Perenise, Jonathan Joseph, Dominic Day, and Kyle Eastmond also crossed in a 54-13 success to guarantee a quarter-final tie at the Recreation Ground.

Bath enjoyed a dream start when Biggs claimed the first of his team's eight tries after Anthony Watson's stunning 60-metre break with just a minute gone.

Ford's conversion made it 7-0 but Bordeaux hit back with a brace of penalties from scrum-half Manu Saubusse.

It took until half an hour for Bath to claim their next score but it was well worth the wait when Ford danced through from close range after 32 minutes.

Perenise then dived over out wide after Leroy Houston's long pass four minutes later, with Ford adding both sets of extras for a 21-6 lead at the break.

Joseph glided through from Ford's pass five minutes after the restart and Day powered through five minutes later when Ford's kick caused havoc at the back.

Ford added both conversions and did the same again when Rokoduguni flew down the right wing for a fine individual try with 58 minutes gone before finally missing the target when Eastmond was driven over just past the hour.

Bordeaux made the most of Ryan Caldwell's yellow card with a 78th-minute try from Gilem Queheille but Rokoduguni touched down with the last play, with Matt Banahan adding the conversion.

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