Last-gasp Rokoduguni rescues Bath, Wasps brush Newcastle aside

Semesa Rokoduguni crossed after 88 minutes to clinch a dramatic 13-10 victory for Bath over Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership on Sunday.

The Chiefs looked to have done enough prevail in a low-scoring affair at Sandy Park, with Mitch Lees having touched down for the hosts 10 minutes from time.

However, Rob Baxter's men came under sustained pressure and were eventually sunk by Rokoduguni following a series of scrappy scrums, which took the match beyond the regulation 80 minutes.

The result sees Bath strengthen their grip on third place, while Exeter are without a win in five matches in all competitions and sit seventh.

A swirling wind made for tricky kicking conditions, with Gareth Steenson's one successful effort delivering the only points of the opening period.

But George Ford finally opened his account from the tee to pull the visitors level early in the second half.

The number 10's longest kick of the season saw Bath go in front after 66 minutes, but it was Exeter who eventually made the major breakthrough.

Lees was credited with the try after Exeter drove for the line, Steenson adding the conversion, but the home side were ill-disciplined as they defended desperately in the closing stages.

A cross-field kick from Ford came agonisingly close to releasing Rokoduguni before he eventually spotted his chance and shrugged off Olly Woodburn and Steenson to snatch the win.

Victory for Bath sees them stay in touch with second-placed Wasps, who were 31-6 victors over Newcastle Falcons and trail leaders points by a point.

Tries from Joe Launchbury and Frank Halai put the host in control in Coventry, before Jimmy Gopperth accounted for all 14 of his side's points in the second half.

Victory was marred by a suspected neck injury for prop Marty Moore.

Meanwhile, Bristol remain rooted to the foot of the Premiership table following a 31-13 defeat to Sale Sharks, who go fifth.

Gavin Henson lasted just 11 minutes of his return from injury, leaving the field with a shoulder problem.

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