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Bath edge out Exeter

Bath boosted their hopes of Heineken Cup qualification with a scratchy 26-18 win over their west country rivals Exeter, but did nothing to suggest they are serious contenders for the Aviva Premiership play-offs.

The match turned on a typically muscular try by Matt Banahan on the stroke of half-time, and the England three-quarter provided a trademark flick pass for centre Matt Carraro to score immediately after the break.

The game was not wrapped up, however, until replacement prop Nathan Catt burst out of his own 22, 10 minutes from time, to lay on the third try for scrum-half Michael Claassens.

Exeter's try-scorers were full-back Luke Arscott in the first half and Matt Jess with a consolation effort.

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