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Bath fight back to defeat Wasps

An extraordinary try-saving tackle by wing Tom Varndell, cutting down Sam Vesty as he was waving to the crowd in premature celebration, may yet save Wasps from relegation despite a 17-12 defeat at Bath.

It means that when Newcastle meet Wasps in a do-or-die match on May 5 they must deny their opponents a bonus point and win by at least 24 points to send the Wycombe side into the Championship.

It was a bizarre ending to a remarkable second-half turnaround as Bath ran in tries through Lee Mears, Stephen Donald and Nick Abendanon after trailing 9-0 at the break. But Nicky Robinson landed his fourth penalty five minutes from time to earn the losing bonus point which could prove so crucial for Wasps.

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