Bath are on their way to the Arms Park

The trophy cabinet at Bath Rugby has been neglected in recent years , but the club took a big step towards silverware with a powerful victory at Adams Park on Sunday, with a 24-18 triumph over London Wasps in their Amlin Cup semi-final.

its an understatement to say Adams Park is not the most accessible of grounds,whatever your mode of transport.There always seems to be a long,slow-moving queue approaching Junction 4 of the M40 ( though clearly not for the game – the attendance was a shade over 6,000) ,and you still have to navigate the traffic in the park-and ride bus.And this on a day when said buses seemed to be breaking down do that I only made it to my seat as Andy Goode kicked the first points of the game.

But the club’s real problem is that they are ground-sharing with a football club,and there will be no long-term prosperity unless they play in their own stadium-though that prospect appears further and further away.

How much injury time Ref?

In his 1997 book “Mud,Blood and Money”,Ian Malin wrote that  “surely the referee should make an instant decision,albeit perhaps a flawed one,rather than rely on an action replay? Here is another innovation (he was commenting on a rugby league game) that alienates the paying customer.

Well,there  was a lot to talk about at the Recreation Ground last Saturday. Which is just as well because the match against Worcester lasted 18min 30sec above and beyond the usual 80,despite an absence of serious injuries. This is the latest episode of referees becoming slaves to technology. Referee Carley spent five minutes midway through the first half deciding whether Sam Betty (who eventually received a yellow card) had taken out Horacio Agulla with an inconspicuous challenge.

The sellout crowd were forced to wait for the important fourth try;forced to wait because of Worcester’s cussed defiance and forced to wait because of the officiating problem that is becoming endemic in the professional game. This was a decent content-unfortunately it was 18 minutes too long.