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Summary

  1. FT: Bath 11-17 Exeter Chiefs
  2. Two late James Short tries secured Exeter victory
  3. England winger Anthony Watson made first Bath appearance since October

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By Brent Pilnick

All times stated are UK

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Thank-you and a Happy New Year!

Bath 11-17 Exeter

Well what a way to end 2016's live Premiership coverage here on BBC Sport.

Two late James Short tries see Exeter come from 11-0 down to beat bath 17-11 and get their first-ever Premiership win at the Rec. 

There's a full report on the match here, and we're back next year with live coverage of the four remaining games in this round of Premiership games.

Enjoy your New Year!

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'Exeter took their chances'

Bath 11-17 Exeter

Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder told BT Sport:

"For most of the game we played really well and felt really dominant. 

"It's a little bit frustrating and that's life, but Exeter took their chances.

"It's one of those games which we knew was massive, that's why we put everything into it. 

"The guys really stepped up, we played really well apart from a couple of little moments."

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'Bath had total control'

Bath 11-17 Exeter

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter told BT Sport:

"At half time I was thinking what can we say to the lads? Bath had total control in most areas. 

"We had to make a complete attitude shift and slowly that dripped in through the second half. 

"It did feel like the momentum of the game shifted our way. 

"The comparison was scary for about 50 minutes and when we managed to shift that balance the balance of the game shifted our way."

Rob Baxter
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How the league looks....

Bath 11-17 Bath

That win puts Exeter up into third place, leap-frogging Bath and three points off Saracens, who have a game in hand.

Exeter face the champions next week, while Bath go to mid-table Newcastle.

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Exeter beating all the top sides

Bath 11-17 Exeter

Exeter have the hardest festive period of anyone,.

Last week they hosted Leicester, who they beat. Then Bath this week, which they have won out of the jaws of defeat, and then champions Saracens at Allianz Park next week.

With the never-say-die attitude that they have, who is to say they cannot make it three wins from three?

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'Rob gave us a bit of a shouting at'

Bath 11-17 Exeter

Exeter winger and Man of the Match Jack Nowell on BT Sport:  

"You can see how much it meant to the boys, how much we put into that game, espeically in the second half.

"Rob (Baxter) gave us a bit of a shouting at, but we needed that, in the first half we dropped off too many tackles and in the second half we we really stuck it to them."

Full-time

Bath 11-17 Exeter

That's it! It's all over.

A first-ever win in the league at Bath and from 11-0 down at half time the Chiefs come back to win by six!

What a finish

Bath 11-17 Exeter

Can Exeter hold on? They are trying to run down the clock on a first-ever Premiership win at Bath. 

For Chiefs fans this will be one of the biggest wins in their history. 

Bath 11-17 Exeter

When I saw those two front rows come on for Exeter, that was the change in the tide for me. The physicality from the Chiefs since the likes of Cowan-Dickie came on has just gone up a notch.

Jeff WilliamsBath winger on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Try Short

Bath 11-17 Exeter

Oh. My. Word. 

They were 29-point underdogs at half time. Bath were 1/18. yet James Short has gone over in the corner after great pressure from the Chiefs pack and a lovely pass from Gareth Steenson.

The Irishman then goes and sticks over the conversion - a first-ever win at the Rec for Exeter?????

Another late, late show?

Bath 11-10 Exeter

In the reverse fixture in October, Semesa Rokoduguni went over in the sixth minute of stoppage time to get a win for Bath at Sandy Park. 

Could we witness something similar for the Chiefs? They do have an extra man.......

Uncontested scrums

Bath 11-10 Exeter

Nick Auterac has failed his head injury assessment so Bath are down to 14 men and with no more props available (he's the third to go off in this game for Bath), we have uncontested scrums.

Converted try (Steenson)

Bath 11-10 Exeter

Steenson's conversion is good - we're in for a right humdinger now!

Try (Short)

Bath 11-8 Exeter

James Short goes over in the left corner after amazing handling by Luke Cowan-Dickie. The England hooker initially fumbled the ball, but then recovered to get it out wide to the winger who went over.

Still in the balance?

Bath 11-3 Exeter

For all Bath's territorial advantage they have failed to score in the opening 30 minutes of this second half.   

The Chiefs have hardly looked like troubling the scorers either, but if Exeter could get a try soon it would set up a grandstand finish to this one. 

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So close for Bath.......

Bath 11-3 Exeter

Phill Dollman's kick is charged down and Bath lay siege to the Exeter try-line. 

Quick hands lead the ball out to Watson out wide but he is forced into touch a metre from the Exeter line by Jack Nowell. 

Uncontested scrums

Bath 11-3 Exeter

Bath have been forced to completely change their front row due to injuries in this game so far, so we will have uncontested scrums with Elliott Stooke playing as a makeshift prop for the home side.

Bath 11-3 Exeter

Jack Nowell against Anthony Watson is a great competition to watch. Both guys have been out for some time and they're desperate to prove a point, Nowell winning the first battle under that high ball. Nowell has been outstanding today and the stand-out performer so far for Exeter.

Jeff WilliamsBath winger on BBC Radio Bristol & Somerset

Penalty (Steenson)

Bath 11-3 Exeter

Exeter win a penalty in the scrum and Gareth Steenson slots the three-pointer from 40 metres.

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Another win over Exeter at the Rec?

Bath 11-0 Exeter

Bath fans must lick their lips when they see it's time to host Exeter at the Rec. 

In the seven seasons that the Chiefs have been in the top flight they have never managed to win in Bath - the only ground Exeter have never got a Premiership victory at. 

The way this game is going that doesn't look like it is going to change any time soon.

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He's back......

Bath 11-0 Exeter

Anthony Watson returns to a field 13 weeks after breaking his jaw during 'that' England training camp. 

Can he impress Eddie Jones and Steve Borthwick who are watching on in Bath? 

I'm really excited to see Anthony Watson back on. The guy has been training the house down and he's been really good for the whole team and the whole culture. It's great to see him go.

Jeff WilliamsBath winger on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Ford flies through the Exeter line

Bath 11-0 Exeter

If George Ford does leave the Rec, and go to Sale, Steve Diamond will be licking his lips having seen the run he has just done. 

The England man scythed through the Exeter defence and it was down to Jack Nowell to stop the attack with another important tackle. 

Exeter holding on

Bath 11-0 Exeter

Exeter's defence do well to hold off the home side, forcing George Ford to try a drop goal from 40 metres out, but it goes under the posts. 

Bath back in control

Bath 11-0 Exeter

It's a great break from Bath down the left wing and they earn a penalty 25 metres out which Ford kicks towards the corner.....

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Exeter start strongly

Bath 11-0 Exeter

Exeter are putting Bath under pressure right from the restart.

But as I write it they lose the ball in the home side's 22 after 18 phases of play.....

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The Bath defence was unbelievable in that first half, so hopefully they can keep that going. But, Exeter look sharp in attack when they get the ball, so the boys have got to be wary.

Jeff WilliamsBath winger on BBC Radio Bristol & Somerset

Kick-off

Bath 11-0 Exeter

Exeter's Gareth Steenson gets us under way for this second period.

Second-half predictions

Bath 11-0 Exeter

The bookies say Exeter are 8/1 in a two-horse race to win this game. 

Are Bath, who are 1/18, really that much better, or can the Chiefs cause what would be the mother of all upsets and turn this game around in the second period?

Let us know @bbcrugbyunion and via #bbcrugby

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New Year's Day action

While you might be nursing a sore head come tomorrow, we here at BBC Sport will be working hard to bring you a busy day of New Year's Premiership action.

Four games on the agenda to welcome in 2017 and here's how they look:

  • Sale v Bristol (14:30 GMT)
  • Leicester v Saracens (15:00 GMT)
  • Worcester v Harlequins (15:00 GMT)
  • Gloucester v Northampton (15:00 GMT)

Rokoduguni 1-0 Nowell

Bath 11-0 Exeter

In the battle of the big name wingers, Exeter's Jack Nowell is coming off second best to Semesa Rokoduguni. 

Roko's scored one try and should have had another, if it wasn't for Nowell's great last-ditch challenge. Nowell has had a couple of half-decent runs, but he's not been allowed any open ground by Bath's miserly defence. 

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So, a half where Semesa Rokoduguni lit up the Rec in front of the watching England coaches.

Exeter in need of a spark to get them back into this one.

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It's been a year of big stories both domestically and internationally.

England won the Six Nations Grand Slam in their undefeated year, Saracens completed a Premiership and European double and Bristol finally secured a return to the top flight.

But, what was your rugby union highlight of 2016? Share your thoughts with us using #bbcrugby

Half-time

Bath 11-0 Exeter

Bath end a dominant first period at the Rec. Exeter need to think about how they can get through this home defence. 

Todd will be pleased

Bath 11-0 Exeter

Todd Blackadder will be happy with what he has seen from his Bath side so far - they have made 404 metres and looked in control of every aspect of the game so far. 

Exeter have never won at the Rec since they first joined the Premiership in 2010 and that record doesn't look like it's going to end any time soon. 

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The Blue Wall

Bath 11-0 Exeter

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Matt Garvey creates a fantastic turnover for Bath on their own 22 when it looked like Exeter might build a bit of pressure. His work has epitomised this Bath defence which has not let the Chiefs have a sniff so far today.

If anyone deserves a try today, it's Semesa Rokoduguni. He's been unbelievable today and Eddie Jones and Steve Borthwick are up in the stands watching, so a perfect time to do it.

Jeff WilliamsBath winger on BBC Radio Bristol & Somerset

Try (Rokoduguni, missed con Ford)

Bath 11-0 Exeter

In front of England boss Eddie Jones Semesa Rokoduguni is having a blinder. His excellent run inside his own half sets up a period of Bath pressure on the Exeter tryline.

It gets fed back out to the Fijian born flyer who dances around a couple of Exeter challenges, including one from Olly Woodburn, to spectacularly ground in the corner. 

George Ford misses the conversion.

Rob Baxter relieved or worried?

Bath 6-0 Exeter

Bath have dominated much of the early exchanges, but have yet to come away with a try. 

One wonders what is going through Exeter boss Rob Baxter's mind - is he relieved to still be within a score, or frustrated that his side have not had more from this game? 

His side have conspired to lose the ball each time they have had a foray into the Bath red zone, while only an excellent late tackle from Jack Nowell on Semesa Rokoduguni has kept Bath out. 

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Penalty (Ford)

Bath 6-0 Exeter

Tomas Francis is penalised for an offence in the scrum five metres out. George Ford slots in the three-pointer from close range. 

No try

Bath 3-0 Exeter

Bath's Semesa Rokoduguni fails to ground the ball after a great last-ditch tackle by England teammate Jack Nowell. Bath get a scrum on the Exeter five-metre line.

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