Wasps welcomed 2014 finalists Bath to the Ricoh Arena on a wet and gloomy day and came away victorious in this early-season encounter.
A penalty-try soon after the break was the significant moment in a tense game that saw Wasps come away with a 16-9 win against a resilient Bath side.
Fijian Matawalu was sited for holding a man back, a yellow card for the new Bath signing, alongside a penalty try for Wasps early on in the second half.
An early opportunity just 8 minutes in saw speedster Christian Wade chase his own kick, only for the bounce to be against him on this occasion.
Jimmy Gopperth opened the scoring on 20 minutes, a cheap penalty given away in a game were discipline would be key.
A quiet affair saw England returnee George Ford level the scoring, only for Gopperth to put Wasps ahead going into the break.
Both discipline and execution were the key to this clash, Wasps conceding 12 penalties although the scoreline didn’t reflect this.
Wasps Fly-Half Goppeth was now into his kicking routine, once again slotting another 3 points. The score line now reading 16-3 after 59 minutes.
The second forty saw Dai Young’s forwards penalised frequently, and left Ford kicking two penalties from set piece errors.
A final scrum saw Wasps emerge victorious, a tough 16-9 win against Mike Ford’s men.