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Bath chase elusive away win

Thursday 11th October 2012

12:00 am (GMT)

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London Irish head coach Toby Booth admitted his side deserved to come second against the Ospreys

London Irish head coach Toby Booth admitted his side deserved to come second against the Ospreys

Bath Rugby face Bucharest Wolves for the first time in European competition when the English club travels to the Arcul de Triumf.

But the 2008 Amlin Challenge Cup winners will be wary of their trip to Romania following a poor run of away results on the continent.

It is five matches – and almost two years – since Bath recorded a victory on the road in Europe which came at Aironi.

Toby Booth’s outfit have also had a miserable period in recent weeks on the domestic front with three defeats in their last four Premiership games.

The latest of those losses came in a 16-10 defeat to West Country rivals Gloucester last weekend.

Bath, who are one of only teams alongside London Wasps and Northampton Saints to win both the Heineken and Amlin tournaments, are expected to hand star winger Kyle Eastmond his first taste of European rugby after missing last season through injury.

Bucharest could prove to be tough opponents on the opening weekend as the Romanians have recorded at least one home win in each of their last three seasons at this level.

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Bath bag bonus in Bucharest

Saturday 13th October 2012

12:00 am (GMT)

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Pour sa dernière rencontre européenne de la saison

Pour sa dernière rencontre européenne de la saison

Bath Rugby – one of the three elite teams to have won both the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup – took just a minute to open their 2012 account against Bucharest Wolves at Arcul de Triumf.

Full back Sam Vesty landed that early penalty and the 2008 tournament champions never looked back en route to a try bonus point win when outside-half Ollie Devoto crossed the Romanian line in the 66th minute.

Bath, who will surely find things a fair bit tougher when they travel to Agen in Round 2, were always running the show through their superior forward power with lock Will Spencer and hooker Ross Batty going over for first-half tries in a 40-17 victory.

Vesty – who ended up with a haul of 20 points that included three conversions and three penalties – got in on the act with ball in hand early in the second half for Bath’s third try and Kane Palma Newport got their fifth at the death when both teams were reduced to 14 men during the closing stages.

The Wolves did have the satisfaction of scoring two tries themselves through Florin Surugiu and Christian Munteanu but Bath were off to the five-point flier they needed.

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