7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
London Wasps romped to a 36-17 home win over fellow PARKER PEN CHALLENGE CUP semi-finalists Bath. In a highly controlled display, they squeezed the life out of a visiting side that tried to play running rugby, but were met with a black and yellow wall at every turn.
Tries from England back row Joe Worsley and South African centre Stuart Abbott, with the boot of fly-half Alex King adding two conversions, a penalty and a drop-goal helped Wasps to open up a 23-point advantage.
Bath did not register a score until five minutes into the second period a try from Scotland wing Simon Danielli. Olly Barkley converted and adding a penalty goal..
But Wasps did not take their foot off the gas, and two further penalties from King kept the scoreboard ticking over, before a try from wing John Rudd sealed the visitors' fate, Mark van Gisbergen converting after King had added a second drop-goal.
Bath did manage a try through Wales scrum-half Gareth Cooper in the dying minutes, but by then the game was well beyond coach Michael Foley's side, who will have to pick themselves up and dust themselves down before next weekend's tie.
Meanwhile, Bath's semi-final opponents Saracens were narrowly defeated 14-12 by London Irish, and Pontypridd went out of Wales' Principality Cup with a 20-18 defeat at Cardiff.