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Bath Rugby fall to Saints at Franklin's Gardens

Northampton Saints 22 v 13 Bath Rugby

24 December 2011, KO 15:15

Franklin's Gardens
AVIVA Premiership

Penalty | Barkley 13' Try | Dowson 16' Try | Wood 20' Conversion | Lamb 20' Yellow card | Abendanon 30' Penalty | Lamb 31' Try | Elliott 33' Conversion | Lamb 34' Substitution | Flatman <> Catt 40' Penalty | Barkley 42' Yellow card | Donald 45' Substitution | Williams <> Scott 51' Substitution | Doran-Jones <> Mercey 55' Substitution | Lawes <> Manoa 59' Substitution | Tongauiha <> Waller 59' Yellow card | Manoa 61' Yellow card | Downey 62' Try | Louw 63' Conversion | Barkley 64' Substitution | Barkley <> Heathcote 68' Substitution | Beattie <> Ovens 72' Substitution | Lamb <> Haywood 73' Substitution | Hartley <> Myler 73'



















24 December 2011, 6:31pm

Bath Rugby fall to Saints at Franklin's Gardens

Bath Rugby were defeated 22-13 at Franklin’s Gardens after three first half tries from Northampton Saints proved too big a gap to close for the visitors.

Bath started the first half brightly, putting early pressure on the home side. It paid off on 13 minutes, with a penalty being awarded to Bath, and Olly Barkley stepping up to secure the three points and an early lead.

However, Northampton soon came back at the visitors, and in their first real foray into the Bath half, came away with a try. From the lineout, Saints kept hold of the ball, worked through phase after phase, and eventually stretched the Bath defence too far as Phil Dowson snuck over in the corner. Ryan Lamb just pushed the conversion wide, 5-3.

Their second came soon after, as Ryan Lamb chipped through and over the defence, and centre George Pisi gathered. Tom Wood was on hand to collect the scoring pass from Pisi, and the flanker went in under the posts, giving Lamb a simple conversion. 12-3.

After Nick Abendanon had seen yellow for killing the ball and Lamb had secured the subsequent penalty, Saints took advantage of the extra man. Lamb once more chipped ahead, and this time the kick was gathered by James Downey. Lee Dickson slung a loose pass out on to the wing, and Jamie Elliot juggled and just held on to the ball to touch down for the Saints’ third try. Lamb once more added the extras, and the score remained the same up to half time - 22-3.

The second half started in much the same way as the first – Barkley landed a penalty after Saints were judged to have made a high tackle, but the home side were soon piling on the pressure again. This time though, Bath’s defence stood firm, even when fly-half Stephen Donald was sent to the sin-bin after being found to have held Wood on the line illegally.

More determined defence from Bath kept the home side out, and even though it looked as if Elliot had crossed for his second, Lamb’s pass was deemed forward and the try was not awarded.

Bath were fighting hard, and slowly working their way up the pitch into the Saints half. The pressure was telling on the home side as first replacement Samu Manoa and then Downey saw yellow within a minute of each other as Bath were on the attack.

The Bath forwards were now on the front foot, and surged forward in the resulting scrum, pushing the Northampton pack backwards and over the line, and allowing captain Francois Louw to touch down for the try. Barkley added the extras, taking the score to 22-13.

Both sides battled hard in the last quarter of the game, but whilst it was a much improved performance in the second half, Bath were unable to break through the strong Saints defence to earn a losing bonus point.  

Final Score 22-13.


Match details

Attendance: 13, 475
Referee: David Rose
Half Time score: 22-3


Tries: Dowson (16), Wood (20), Elliott (33)
Cons: Lamb (20,34)
Pens: Lamb (31)


Tries: Louw (63)
Cons: Barkley (64)
Pens: Barkley (13,42)

Northampton score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Jamie Elliott 1 0 0 0 5
Ryan Lamb 0 2 1 0 7
Phil Dowson 1 0 0 0 5
Tom Wood 1 0 0 0 5

Bath score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Olly Barkley 0 1 2 0 8
Francois Louw 1 0 0 0 5

Other results

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Fly Half




P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
FB Ben Foden15Nick Abendanon FB
W Vasily Artemyev14Jack Cuthbert W
C George Pisi13Ben Williams C
C James Downey12Olly Barkley C 1 2
1 W Jamie Elliott11Matthew Banahan W
1 2 FH Ryan Lamb10Stephen Donald FH
SH Lee Dickson9Michael Claassens SH
P Soane Tongauiha1David Flatman P
H Dylan Hartley2Ross Batty H
P Paul Doran-Jones3Dave Wilson P
L Courtney Lawes4Dave Attwood L
L Mark Sorenson5Ryan Caldwell L
1 FL Phil Dowson6Andy Beattie FL
1 FL Tom Wood7Guy Mercer FL
8 Roger Wilson8Francois Louw 8 1


rh Mike Haywood16Chris Biller rh
rp Alex Waller17Nathan Catt rp
rp Tom Mercey18Anthony Perenise rp
r8 Samu Manoa19Will Spencer r8
rfl Ben Nutley20Josh Ovens rfl
rsh Martin Roberts21Chris Cook rsh
rfh Stephen Myler22Tom Heathcote rfh
rc Scott Armstrong23Nick Scott rc