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Josh Bassett helps financially stricken Wasps hold off Bath fightback

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Wasps got there in the end and, given the spectre of administration emerged just 48 hours before this nervous victory, they can be forgiven for doing things the hard way.

They were excellent for 50 minutes, romping into a 29-point lead with Josh Bassett scoring two tries and Jack Willis proving a formidable force.

Back came Bath to give Wasps a sizeable dose of the jitters but the visitors showed impressive resolve to prove victorious. There is no doubting that it has been a trying week for Wasps after filing notice of their intention to appoint administrators on Wednesday.

Such is their financial plight that they have 20 days to come up with the £2m they owe HMRC in unpaid tax. The Premiership Rugby chief executive, Simon Massie-Taylor, stressed that a key difference between them and Worcester was that it was a proactive decision taken by the club, which suggests a degree of confidence, but a hard deadline they have chosen to set themselves nonetheless.

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