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Saturday 19 April 2014

Bath too strong for London Welsh

Matt Banahan, centre, scored one of Bath's five tries

Beleaguered London Welsh will not be going down from the Aviva Premiership without a fight as they showed last week at Gloucester - and again in their 40-25 defeat to Bath at the Recreation Ground.

Still smarting after losing their appeal this week against a five-point deduction and £15,000 fine over the Tyson Keats affair, the league's bottom club stayed in the game until the closing stages despite eventually conceding five tries to one.

Scrum-half Alex Davies summed up their never-say-die spirit by keeping them in touch with six penalties and a conversion of Seb Jewell's try - but Bath's firepower behind the scrum ensured they always had the edge and retain hopes of a top-six place.

Fijian Semesa Rokoduguni was the match-winner, his blistering pace earning him a try just before the break and also creating the bonus-point score for Horacio Agulla. Other Bath tries went to Matt Banahan, Carl Fearns and replacement scrum-half Michael Claassens.

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