• Guinness Premiership

Bath seal play-off place with victory

ESPN staff
May 8, 2010
Nick Abendanon scored two tries for Bath © Getty Images

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Bath set up a mouth-watering Guinness Premiership play-off semi-final with Leicester Tigers courtesy of a commanding 39-3 victory over Leeds Carnegie at the Recreation Ground on Saturday afternoon.

First half tries by Nick Abendanon and Michael Claassens sent Bath on their way to an 11th victory in 12 league games since Christmas.

A 17-point interval advantage was extended after the break through wing Matt Banahan's touchdown, a brilliant second Abendanon try and a Joe Maddock score, while Olly Barkley kicked four conversions and added two penalties.

Leeds mustered a solitary Ceiron Thomas penalty in reply after being outclassed throughout the contest.

Wasps' season ended on a low despite their 25-21 victory over Newcastle at Kingston Park, with Bath's win ensuring that they finished outside of the play-offs. The London side miss out on a place in the semi-finals for the second year running since their 2008 Premiership triumph.

Saracens silenced Welford Road with a 32-23 victory over table-topping Leicester, but still saw their hopes of a home semi-final dashed by Northampton's 31-7 victory at London Irish.

Worcester ended their six-year stay in the Guinness Premiership with an agonising 23-22 defeat to neighbours Gloucester at Sixways. However, the Warriors nearly snatched victory with the last kick of the game when replacement Willie Walker hit a 22-metre drop-goal against an upright.

Harlequins ended the season with a 35-20 victory over Sale Sharks at The Stoop which had all the elements of their campaign, a mixture of the superb and the very ordinary. In the end, however, they fully deserved to wrap up the season with a victory - with late determination proving decisive. However, they failed to achieve their target of a top six finish.

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