Two-try hero Rob Webber (94-04) paid tribute to Bath Rugby’s battling qualities as they booked a place in the Amlin Cup final with a 24-18 victory over Wasps in the last four on Sunday 27 April.
Anthony Perenise’s try looked set to give Bath the lead at the break at Adams Park but they were stung when Will Helu crossed the whitewash in the last action of the half to put the Londoners 13-10 in front.
Hooker Webber led a spirited Bath response after the restart, however, grabbing two tries for the visitors in the opening 15 minutes of the second period.
The first saw him pounce on opposite number Carlo Festuccia’s overthrow at a lineout deep in Wasps territory to dot down, before Webber then claimed a second on the back of a powerful driving maul from the Bath pack.
Ashley Johnson’s try gave Wasps hope late on but Bath held firm to book their place in next month’s final.
Webber, 27, said: “I think the last time I got two tries in a game was at under-15s.
“It was a case of being in the right place at the right time, was fortunate to benefit from a mistake and just dived on the ball. And then the driving maul was something that worked really well for us in the game.
“I’m very happy to get my name on the board but it could have been anyone.
“Little things like the bounce of a ball here or there can turn a game. We were just lucky that someone was there for it.
“We were away from home and were ahead despite not having had much ball. We were ticking along quite nicely but they scored a great try and it stung us.
“We didn’t panic and [captain] Stuart Hooper and [head coach] Mike Ford spoke quite calmly and we knew we could still go on and win the game. I think that showed with the way we started the second half as we had a good passage of play.”
Bath will now face domestic rivals Northampton Saints in the final at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday, May 23.
Five-cap England international Webber is delighted that Bath’s much-improved form throughout the season is starting to bear fruit.
“We’re very, very happy. We’re going to go to Cardiff full of confidence and are going to take them on.
“It’s great and is what this group of players and coaches, and everyone at the club, has been gearing for.
“It’s been a tough year but everyone has been pulling in the same direction and we’re delighted we’ve given ourselves an opportunity for some silverware.”
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