Bath Rugby moved up to fourth in the Gallagher Premiership after securing an 18-3 win over Northampton Saints, having put in a resolute performance to secure a third straight win in Round 16.
The Blue, Black and White were first on the scoreboard with a Josh Matavesi penalty as Northampton looked to add their own score, they could only level up through a Dan Biggar kick at the sticks.
As both sides came out in the second-half it was Northampton who came out guns blazing in attack, playing some superb Super Rugby-esque play, but Hooper's men remained resolute and were rewarded as Tom de Glanville found the whitewash in the corner after a superb move out wide.
Ruaridh McConnochie then capitalised on a lapse of concentration as he intercepted Henry Taylor's loose pass to score under the sticks.
Rhys Priestland then added the final blow of the game with a penalty just five minutes from time as Bath Rugby prevailed with an excellent defensive performance at Franklin's Gardens.
Ruaridh McConnochie pounced on a Northampton error, created by continued defensive pressure. The Bath Rugby winger secured his second try in a row and pushed Bath into a comfortable lead.
26 August 2020
Referee: Christophe Ridley
Half Time score: 3-3
- Penalties: Biggar (32)
- Tries: de Glanville (57), McConnochie (66)
- Conversions: Priestland (67)
- Penalties: Matavesi (20), Priestland (74)