Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Anxious wait for Bath on Banahan injury

Matt Banahan left the Rec in a brace after suffering a knee injury against Wasps

Bath and England centre Matt Banahan is to have a scan on his knee after being forced off during Saturday's 30-23 Aviva Premiership victory over Wasps.

The giant three-quarter limped off during the closing stages as Bath made it two wins from two at the start of the new season, punishing Wasps for a series of costly errors. Banahan left the Rec in a brace, and Bath skills coach Brad Davis admits it will be a waiting game to determine the severity of the problem.

He said: "Matt has damaged his knee and we will know more about it in the next 48 hours, he will go to have a scan and we will wait and see what the results are, but he has been put in a brace."

Head coach Toby Booth added: "All injuries are a worry. The people who are near the top of the table at the end of the season are the sides whose players stay fit and healthy, giving them more firepower at their disposal.

"We have a few dents in the squad already but we will have Sam Vesty, Stephen Donald and Tom Heathcote to come back soon."

Banahan had earlier run in Bath's first try of the afternoon, handing off a weak tackle from Elliot Daly on his way to crossing. Further scores followed from wings Tom Biggs and Kyle Eastmond, the latter scoring his first try since joining the club from St Helens with Olly Barkley adding 15 points with the boot.

Two Nicky Robinson penalties had kept Wasps in it at the break and Tom Varndell and Christian Wade crossed in the second half for the visitors.

Eastmond's performance was particularly eye-catching. The former rugby league man had an injury-hit first season in union, but his pace and trickery made him a constant menace to Wasps and there were plenty of dangerous signs for future opponents in his willingness to come infield and fill in at half-back, where he plied his trade for Saints.

One of his forays off the flank resulted in his try, jinking and twisting through several feeble Wasps tackles to get over.

Davis said: "He is a smart player, we knew that when we signed him. His ability has never been in doubt and the try he scored was a contender for try of the season. Apart from that he has a lot about his game in terms of passing, kicking and running. He is one of the best at the club and we are very pleased with his development."

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