After Jack Willis buried himself a few minutes later, Bath found themselves in deep trouble and it was about to get worse as Wasps grabbed a wonderful score. Shredding Bath open up the left again, Spink, Jacob Umaga and finally the excellent Odendaal with a deft offload at the back all combined to send Will Porter racing to the line. The club, in disarray off the pitch, comfortably led 25-0.
Will Muir’s try after a good break from Orlando Bailey gave Bath something to smile about briefly but it was one way traffic as Wasps led 28-7 at half time and added to their gains after the break when a well composed attack was finished Bassett, who received a determined pass from Charlie Atkinson and strolled over for his second.
Eddie Jones, who was watching in the stands, will no doubt have noted Atkinson’s contribution, along with that of Jack Willis, who was usually excellent (his yellow card aside).
Wasps took a big lead against Gloucester on the opening weekend at Kingsholm, but surely that couldn’t happen again… could it? Bath’s resurgent youngster upset the applecart, Tom Dunn and his lovely mullet went twice either side of Jonathan Joseph, who stepped round Odendaal to score, making the scoreline 7-36 to 10 in 10 minutes 28-36. But Bath couldn’t pull out the win, a late Wasps penalty even denying the hosts a forfeit bonus point.
Wasps persevered despite a flat second half. It’s something they will now have to do away from the pitch over the next few days as their future remains uncomfortably up in the air.