European Rugby Challenge Cup: Pau 22-25 Bath

Rhys Priestland
Rhys Priestland kicked Bath to victory in their opening European Challenge Cup fixture with six penalties
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Pau (14) 22
Tries: Buros, Dougall, Votu Cons: Fajardo 2 Pen: Fajardo
Bath (16) 25
Try: Rokoduguni Con: Priestland Pens: Priestland 6

Former champions Bath began their European Challenge Cup campaign with a narrow victory over Pau in France.

Bath led after three Rhys Priestland penalties and Semesa Rokoduguni's converted score, but Sean Dougall added to Romain Buros' earlier try to reduce Bath's advantage to two at the break.

Priestland maintained his 100% kicking record with three further penalties to put Bath 25-17 ahead after 75 minutes.

Watisoni Votu scored a late try for the hosts, but Bath held on for victory.

Bath: Homer; Rokoduguni, Joseph, Banahan, Brew, Priestland; Fotuali'i, Auterac, Dunn, Palma-Newport, Charteris, Stooke, Ellis, Mercer (c), Houston.

Replacements: Van Vuuren, Lahiff, Knight, Ewels, Garvey, Cook, Bowden, Williams.

Pau: Buros, Lestremau, Fernandez, Votu, Ratuvou, Fajardo, Daubagna, Hurou, Lespiaucq-Brettes, Tierney, Boutaty, Ramsay, Gunther, Dougall, Mowen.

Replacements: Dupouy, Pourailly, Lacrampe, Moise, L. Rey, Hamadache, Tutaia, Kueffner.

Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)

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