Posted 15th Feb 2024

VIDEO: Bath run in seven tries but still have to dig deep for BUCS Super Rugby home victory over Swansea

The University of Bath men’s 1st XV were involved in a second-successive high-scoring BUCS Super Rugby showdown but came out on top this time as they fought out a 50-40 home victory over Swansea.

A week after their 53-36 defeat at Hartpury, the Bath Building Society-sponsored hosts looked set to bounce back with a comfortable victory as they ran in four tries inside the opening 30 minutes through Max Pearce (2), Sam Mercer and Jack Bennett.

Max Pearce scored two tries as the University of Bath men's 1st XV beat Swansea 50-40 in BUCS Super Rugby in February 2024.
Hooker Max Pearce scored two tries in the opening 30 minutes. PICTURES: Bob Bradford

Iwan Price-Thomas also kicked three conversions but a converted try just before the interval, Swansea’s second of the half, cut Bath’s lead to 26-14.

Price-Thomas kicked a penalty early in the second half but Swansea scored tries either side of that, one of them converted, to make it a one-point game with Bath’s lead now 29-28.

It remained nip and tuck as Will Roue’s converted try was quickly cancelled out but Bath finally regained some breathing space as Archie Stanley and Josh Dingley touched down, Price-Thomas again adding both conversions to bring up the 50-point mark.

Swansea had the final say, scoring a late unconverted try, but it was a return to winning ways for Bath, who are also supported by Rengen.

They now have a week off before heading to Nottingham on Wednesday 28th February. Bath’s final home game of the regular league season is a tasty one as they welcome table-topping Exeter to the Team Bath Sports Training Village on Wednesday 6th March (6.30pm kick-off, free to watch).

Watch the tries against Swansea here:

Iwan Price-Thomas kicked six conversions and a penalty as the University of Bath men's 1st XV beat Swansea 50-40 in BUCS Super Rugby in February 2024.
Iwan Price-Thomas kicked six conversions and a penalty on an impressive evening with the boot
The University of Bath men's 1st XV beat Swansea 50-40 in BUCS Super Rugby in February 2024.
The University of Bath men's 1st XV beat Swansea 50-40 in BUCS Super Rugby in February 2024.
The University of Bath men's 1st XV beat Swansea 50-40 in BUCS Super Rugby in February 2024.
The University of Bath men's 1st XV beat Swansea 50-40 in BUCS Super Rugby in February 2024.

Match stats

University of Bath 1st XV: 1 Scott Kirk, 2 Max Pearce, 3 Alfie Griffin, 4 Josh Dingley, 5 Will Jeanes, 6 Max Mayor, 7 Tom Cowan (c), 8 Jack Bennett; 9 Elis Horgan, 10 Raff Weston, 11 Sam Mercer, 12 Will Roue, 13 Rory Crum, 14 Neo Ivanovic-Brown, 15 Iwan Price-Thomas. Replacements: 16 Yujian Zou, 17 Archie Stanley, 18 Jacob Yates, 19 Eddie Erskine, 20 Rory Cameron, 21 Iwan Coyle, 22 Ioan Lewis, 23 Gus Stapleton.

Tries: Pearce (2), Mercer, Bennett, Roue, Stanley, Dingley.
Conversions: Price-Thomas 6.
Penalty: Price-Thomas.

Swansea 1st XV: 1 Max Marshall (c), 2 Jamie Phillips, 3 Paula Fifita, 4 Ben Roberts, 5 Chris Thompson, 6 Alex Bairstow, 7 Will Plessis, 8 Tom Gardner; 9 Ben Thomas, 10 Fraser Jones, 11 Willis Wood, 12 James Price, 13 Callum Dodd, 14 Elliot Smith, 15 Tim Davies. Replacements: 16 Morgan James, 17 Tom Zoogah, 18 Matthew Pryce, 19 Gethin Howell, 20 Bob Bray, 21 Gruff Williams, 22 Tom Allen, 23 Aran Parsons.

Tries: Wood (2), Price, Phillips, Fifita, Plessis.
Conversions: Jones 5.

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