Louw blow gives Bath Rugby bonus-point win in Agen thriller
Match report: SU AGEN 22 BATH RUGBY 27
Francois Louw scored a last-minute try to give Bath Rugby a second Amlin Cup bonus-point win in six days on a dramatic night in Agen.
The five-point haul on a topsy-turvy evening at the Stade Armandie sees Gary Gold's side take a firm grip on Pool 4, with three of their remaining four fixtures to be played at The Rec.
A faultless kicking display from Agen fly-half Raphael Lagarde looked likely to hand his side the spoils, despite being outscored by four tries to one. Bath refused to be beaten, however, securing the victory with the last action of the match.
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Benjamin Petre's converted try gave the hosts the lead after just three minutes before Stephen Donald and Lagarde traded kicks at goal.
Michael Claassens touched down on the stroke of the interval but once play resumed Lagarde responded with the first of four second-half penalties.
Kyle Eastmond and Donald muscled their way over the tryline, with the former's score converted by the Bath fly-half, but Lagarde continued to rack up the points, giving his side a slender lead heading into the closing stages.
The sin-binning of Damien Lagrange five minutes from time swung the game in the visitors' favour, however, and skipper Louw powered over from short range after a period of pressure, before Donald completed the scoring with the final kick.
SU AGEN: Bataille (Edmond-Samuel 77), Tagotago, Petre, Lamoulie, Agulla, Lagarde, Bales (Dupuy 72), Schwalger (Cabarry 52), Telefoni (Janaudy 7), Afatia, Bastien (Demotte 48), Lagrange, Erbani (Roux 61), Julien, Fonua (Fono 60). Replacement not used: Moretto.
Try: Petre Conversion: Lagarde Penalties: Lagarde 5
BATH RUGBY: Abendanon, Eastmond, Hipkiss, Williams, Biggs, Donald, Claassens (McMillan 72), James, Mears, Wilson (Perenise 66), Day, Attwood, Louw, Skuse, Skirving. Replacements not used: Tanner, Catt, Mercer, Ovens, Vesty, Woodburn.
Tries: Claassens, Eastmond, Donald, Louw Conversions: Donald 2 Penalty: Donald
Referee: Neil Hennessy