Wasps v Bath: 12-man performance pleases Neal Hatley
Coach Neal Hatley has praised Bath after they fought back to secure a losing bonus point in their 29-22 defeat at Wasps.
The visitors were 29-0 behind after 50 minutes and were briefly down to 12 men after Leroy Houston, David Wilson and Micky Young were sin-binned.
But Mike Ford's side went on to run in 22 unanswered points in 30 second-half minutes at Adams Park.
"I'm so proud of the way the 12 on the pitch hung on," said Hatley.
"At 29-0 down and three in the bin, it looked fairly desperate but there were guys making try-saving tackles and turning the ball over.
"There's a lot to be really proud of in the last 40 minutes but there was stuff which was unacceptable in the first 40 minutes which we need to get fixed."
|Wasps v Bath: As it happened|
|Andy Goode pen (6)||3-0|
|Andy Goode pen (21)||6-0|
|Andy Goode pen (35)||9-0||Leroy Houston yellow (37)|
|Elliot Daly pen (40)||12-0|
|12-0||David Wilson yellow (42)|
|Andy Goode pen (43)||15-0|
|Penalty try; Andy Goode conversion (47)||22-0||Micky Young yellow (47)|
|Sailosi Tagicakibau try; Andy Goode conversion (5)||29-0|
|29-5||Jonathan Joseph try (51)|
|29-12||Micky Young try; George Ford conversion (63)|
|29-19||David Sisi try; George Ford conversion (70)|
|29-22||George Ford pen (75)|
Houston was the first to be binned in the 37th minute for a tackle on Wasps' Joe Simpson.
Wilson followed five minutes later for a trip before replacement Micky Young was also yellow carded for a late tackle on Christian Wade, which also earned the hosts a penalty try.
"We didn't have a complaint with any of the yellow cards," said Hatley.
"We watched the rugby league Grand Final and one of the questions Mike [Ford] asked was if we had an explosion like that, what would we do? We had a think about it but we didn't expect it to that scale.
"You can't play properly for 80 minutes when you've got blokes sat in the bin."
But Young atoned for his earlier indiscipline by landing Bath's second try, following Jonathan Joseph's earlier score, and David Sisi added a third to send Bath home with a point, leaving them fourth in the Premiership.
"You go 29-0 down away from home you're always going to be up against it. But from an attack point of view, I thought it was as good as it's been in ages," added Hatley.
"If anything, we're a bit disappointed we didn't come away with a draw but on the balance of it all it probably wasn't deserved."