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Bath coach Jon Callard
"An objective is achieved already to take these youngsters to Twickenham.. they will get bitten by it and will want more."
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BBC Sport's Ian Robertson
"Bath outscored Wasps by six tries to three"
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Sunday, 6 May, 2001, 17:42 GMT 18:42 UK
Sharp Voyce takes Bath to Twickenham
Tom Voyce scored the decisive try for Bath against Wasps
Voyce scored the decisive try for Bath against Wasps
Wasps 31-36 Bath

A free-flowing points-fest at Loftus Road saw Bath edge past Wasps to meet Leicester in the final of the Zurich Championship.

But, it took a last minute try from Tom Voyce to get them to Twickenham after a brilliant jinking run from Matt Perry.

The game, entertaining from start to finish, was dominated by wave on wave of creative attacks, and Wasps shaded the first half.

They took the lead in the fourth minute, when Kenny Logan - the leading points scorer in the Premiership this season - stroked home his first penalty kick.

Five minutes later he made it 6-0, after Bath had carelessly squandered good possession.

It was a momentary glitch.

Kenny Logan
Logan strokes home another conversion
Bath kept applying pressure and, when Lawrence Dallaglio was briefly forced off the field for treatment, they pressed their one-man advantage under the posts.

The ball came to David Barnes, who burrowed over the line.

A successful conversion from Perry was followed by a third successful kick for Logan at the other end to make it 9-7 to Wasps.

And then the home-side scored a brilliant try.

Flipping the ball around with panache, Josh Lewsey fed Rob Henderson after good work from Phil Greening and the big man goose-stepped over the line.

Bath, who had done the double over their opponents in the Premiership, could not keep the ball in hand.

And Wasps pounced on another fumble after 35 minutes, when Shane Roiser kicked the ball forty yards ahead and collected cleanly to score.

They would have their lead pegged back before the break though.

Lawrence Dallaglio
Injured Dallaglio feels pain of defeat
Undeterred by Wasps claims that referee Brian Campsall had mis-appropriated their advantage when he should have brought play back, Voyce dived home and Perry converted for 24-14.

His team would have been encouraged by the size of their half-time deficit and even more so when Dallaglio did not return for the second half with knee ligament damage.

Wasps would miss his presence immediately.

Iain Balshaw made an excellent catch from a high, hanging Mike Catt kick and his team-mate Steve Borthwick was awarded a penalty try when he was tackled off the ball.

It got worse for the home side when Henderson - looking to break up field for a Wasps score - was hammered by Perry and spilled the ball to Balshaw, who streaked home.

Perry's conversion was charged down by Logan, but suddenly Bath had a 26-24 lead to defend.

When they scored again through Dan Lyle, Bath looked to have made the game safe.

They had not.

Keen to savour a Twickenham final, Wasps pushed on, and shifted the momentum again.

They hit back straight away through a delighted Fraser Waters and Logan's conversion levelled the scores at 31.

Chances went begging at both ends in the dying moments of normal time and extra time loomed when Perry's magical run teed up Voyce to score the winning try.

It was a fit end to a scintillating contest.


Wasps: Lewsey, Roiser, Denney, Henderson, Logan, King, Wood, Molloy, Greening, Green, Birkett, Shaw, Worsley, Volley, Dallaglio. Replacements: Bijon, Waters, Scrase, Scrivener, Reed, Leota, Le Chevalier.

Bath: Perry, Balshaw, Maggs, Berne, Voyce, Catt, Cooper, Barnes, Long, Mallett, Gabey, Borthwick, Gardiner, Clarke, Lyle. Replacements: Preston, Regan, Emms, Cox, Thirlby, G. Thomas, Lloyd.

Referee: Brian Campsall (RFU)

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