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Published 01/01/2012

Stephen Donald
Stephen Donald

Bath claimed their first Aviva Premiership victory for two months after they battered title play-off contenders London Irish 30-3 at a sodden Recreation Ground.

Bath had not won in the league since they edged past Irish 13-12 on October 29, and a fifth successive reversal would have signalled their worst Premiership results sequence for 10 years. But an early try by prop Anthony Perenise set the tone for an impressive heavy-duty performance from the Bath pack that saw Irish outmuscled.

Fly-half Stephen Donald added a conversion and two penalties to put daylight between the teams, before Michael Claassens sealed victory by finishing off a brilliant 80-metre counter-attack. Bath were awarded a penalty try four minutes from time as Donald finished with 15 points. Exiles managed a solitary Tom Homer penalty in reply.

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