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Wasps put off-field issues aside to earn first win of the season against Bath

After Jack Willis burrowed over a few minutes later, Bath found themselves in deep trouble and it was only about to get worse as Wasps came up with a beautiful score. Shredding Bath open down the left-hand side again, Spink, Jacob Umaga and finally the excellent Odendaal with a deft offload behind his back all combined to send Will Porter racing away to the line. The club in disarray off the pitch held a comfortable 25-0 lead.

Will Muir’s try after a good break from Orlando Bailey gave Bath something to briefly smile about, but this was one-way traffic, with Wasps leading 28-7 at half-time and adding to their tally after the break when a well-constructed attack was finished by Bassett, collecting a cracking pass from Charlie Atkinson to stroll over his second. 

Eddie Jones, watching in the stands, will have no doubt noted Atkinson’s contribution, along with that of Jack Willis who was typically excellent (his yellow card aside).

Wasps blew a healthy lead at Kingsholm against Gloucester on the opening weekend but surely it couldn’t happen again… could it? Bath’s maul coming to life upset the apple cart, Tom Dunn and his magnificent mullet going over twice either side of Jonathan Joseph stepping round Odendaal to score, swinging the score from 7-36 to 28-36 in the space of 10 minutes. But Bath could not snatch the win, a late Wasps penalty even denying the hosts a losing bonus point.

Wasps, despite a flat second half, clung on. That is something they will now have to do away from the field too over the next few days while their future remains uncomfortably up in the air.

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