Thursday 14 December 2017

Ford holds nerve to sink 13-man Wasps

Bath's George Ford kicked a match-winning conversion with the game’s final kick
Bath's George Ford kicked a match-winning conversion with the game’s final kick Newsdesk Newsdesk

George Ford kicked a match-winning conversion with the game's final kick in front of watching England head coach Eddie Jones as Bath dramatically ended Wasps' unbeaten European Champions Cup record with a 25-23 victory.

Ford brilliantly landed the touchline extras to full-back Anthony Watson's try in the third minute of stoppage-time after Wasps were reduced to 13 men when French referee Jerome Garces yellow-carded flanker George Smith and substitute prop Lorenzo Cittadini for technical offences.

It followed earlier touchdowns at the Ricoh Arena by centre Jonathan Joseph and wing Matt Banahan, in addition to two Ford penalties and a conversion, as Bath made it two wins from two in Pool 5.

In the other game in Munster's pool, Stade Francais ran drubbed Benetton Treviso 50-17 on Saturday.

Paul Williams scored a brace of tries, and Waisea Vuidravuwalu, Julien Arias, Meyer Bosman, Sylvain Nicolas and Sergio Parisse all dotted down. Jules Plisson kicked six goals and a penalty to reach the half-century.

Meanwhile, Saracens maintained their unbeaten start to the season and took a stranglehold on Pool 1 with an emphatic 45-10 bonus-point win over tournament newcomers Oyonnax.

Saracens defence and forwards coach Paul Gustard has been offered a role in Jones' new England set-up.

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