Bath’s hopes in shreds as Scar­lets cut loose

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

Bath’s quar­ter-fi­nal hopes suf­fered a crush­ing set­back as the Scar­lets cut them to shreds at the Re­cre­ation Ground.

The Welsh team’s spec­tac­u­lar 35-17 bonus-point vic­tory sets them up for a po­ten­tial Pool Five de­cider against three-time Euro­pean cham­pi­ons Toulon next week­end.

Bath, though, are fac­ing be­ing frozen out of the last-eight pic­ture af­ter their red-hot op­po­nents ran in tries by lock Tadhg Beirne, wing Paul Asquith and Wales in­ter­na­tional cen­tres Scott Wil­liams and Hadleigh Parkes.

Out­half Dan Jones added 15 points from the boot as Scar­lets made light of los­ing in­jured Wales star Leigh Half­penny 24 hours be­fore kick-off, with out­classed Bath manag­ing tries from wing Matt Bana­han and num­ber eight Zach Mercer, plus two Fred­die Burns con­ver­sions and a penalty.

Eng­land head coach Ed­die Jones looked on as the 1998 Euro­pean cham­pi­ons came hor­ri­bly un­stuck, but Bath could have no com­plaints on a night when the Scar­lets dom­i­nated ev­ery key area.

They moved top of their group, and a quar­ter-fi­nal place will be se­cured if they see off Toulon at Parc-y-Scar­lets in eight days’ time.

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