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ROLLERCOASTER

Bath Rugby's 2016/17 season

Story by Patrick Khachfe May 19th, 2017

PRE-SEASON

Eight weeks of training, gearing up for the season ahead... New faces, new systems, new grimaces.

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on the road

Three from three away from home with victories at Ilkley, Colwyn Bay and Donnybrook.

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THE PREMIERSHIP

The dream start to the club's Premiership campaign with a first win at Franklin's Gardens in sixteen years!

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home comforts

Seven tries and a 58-5 scoreline proved a fitting way to start the season at the Rec.

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RETURN OF THE KING

Not one to neglect his army of adoring fans, Leroy Houston made a try-scoring return in blue black and white as temporary injury cover.

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four in a row at kingsholm

Bath battled to take the West Country derby day spoils, beating Gloucester 6-15.

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30 - 3

A 50th Premiership try from Matt Banahan opened the scoring under the Friday night lights, with further points from Kahn Fotuali'i and a 70 yard run in from prop Kane Palma-Newport.

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QUIET MOUNTAIN TOWN

Strong defence from the visitors in the closing minutes ensured a 22 - 25 win against Pau.

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smash and grab

Unforgettable drama deep into overtime at Sandy Park as Semesa Rokoduguni finishes off a match-winning try to seal a 10 - 13 win.

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change of pace

The 2017 Challenge Cup campaign saw trips to exotic far-flung European locales like Cardiff and Bristol.

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knockout rugby

Bath sealed their place in the last four of the Challenge Cup with a 34 - 20 win over their 1998 Heineken Cup Final opponents Brive.

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roko: 100 not out

The visit of Northampton Saints had everything: Semesa Rokoduguni making his 100th appearance for the club, a try of the season from scrum half Chris Cook and a last gasp match-winning conversion from Rhys Priestland.

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THE CLASH

The home of English rugby was turned blue, black and white, and the vast majority of the 61,868 attendance left happy after a dramatic finish saw Bath beat Leicester Tigers 27 - 21.

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end of season derby

The Rec was rocking on the final home game of the season after a six try win against local rivals Gloucester, including a hat-trick for Bath's British Lion Taulupe Faletau.

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on the up


Some fantastic wins both home and away, a number of younger members of the squad stepping up, and Champions Cup qualification secured for next year.

As always, it’s been a massive privilege to cover the team.

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Footnote: All photos copyright Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images, club photographer of Bath Rugby.