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Saints 29 Bath Rugby 14: Final Score

0 mins: Kick off by Bath Rugby

17 mins: Saints drop their jumper at the lineout, Grewcock penalised for pushing, Grayson penalty. Saints 3 Bath Rugby 0

19 mins: Saints backline offside between Saints ten metre line and 22, advantage comes to nothing, Malone's penalty hits post

25 mins: Bath Rugby's first promising attack after Spencer Davey's strong run across the gainline followed by Brendon Daniel making good yardage. Play breaks down but referee White brings Bath back for a penalty incurred at the breakdown. Malone kicks the goal. Saints 3 Bath Rugby 3

30 mins: Bath Rugby have a promising attack snuffled out then Steve Borthwick has the ball ripped from his hands. Mark Robinson spots space on the blind and puts Wylie Human in at the corner. Grayson misses the touchline conversion. Saints 8 Bath Rugby 3

32 mins: Bath Rugby sub Scaysbrook for Lipman, Stevens for Barnes

35 mins: Martyn Wood intelligently uses the blind side and Spencer Davey puts in another very strong, determined run. Bath Rugby get close to the Saints' line through James Scaysbrook and have extra men wide but Saints kill the ball at the beak down and concede the penalty which Malone kicks. Saints 8 Bath Rugby 6

38 mins: Bath Rugby again make a great break through Brendon Daniel, he offloads to Matt Perry who offloads in turn to Robbie Fleck. Fleck spills the pass, though, and Saints immediately counter. John Rudd gets the ball with nobody in front of him, he shows enough pace to score Saints second try from a Bath turnover. Grayson kicks the conversion. Saints 15 Bath Rugby 6

40(+3) mins: Bath Rugby almost get an opportunist try of their own as Chris Malone picks up a loose ball and goes, he feeds Scaysbrook who passes to Daniel but the cover defence force him off the pitch yards short of the line. Referee White blows for half time

Half Time: Saints 15 Bath Rugby 6

40 mins: Lipman returns for Scaysbrook, Fidler comes on for Borthwick who has to come off to comply with the EPS agreement. For Saints Ben Cohen comes on in place of Wylie Human

46 mins: Alex Crockett makes a good break and is supported by Matt Perry. Matt Stevens makes a typically bulldozing run through the middle and then Saints are penalised at the breakdown. Martyn Wood takes a quick tap and Saints make no effort to retire so Bath earn a further ten metres. Chris Malone kicks the penalty as Matt Lord comes on to replace Damien Browne for Saints. Saints 15 Bath Rugby 9

50 mins: Lee Mears replaces Jonathan Humphreys for Bath Rugby

52 mins: Bath Rugby pinch a lineout then make good yards with Brendon Daniel taking play into the Saints half. The Saints infringe at the break down again to give Malone a tough penalty chance just inside the Saints half. Malone pushes it just wide

54 mins: Saints make two changes with Drahm coming on for Grayson and Fox coming on for Seely

57 mins: Mark Robinson pinches the ball from Zak Feaunati at the base of the scrum as the Samoan looks to pick up, the Saints make a short break. On the second phase John Rudd makes a powerful run through the midfield then Saints recycle quickly and find some space on the left wing. The ball is passed back inside and Mark Tucker beats Martyn Wood to score. Drahm kicks the conversion and Howard comes on for Stcherbina. Saints 22 Bath Rugby 9

64 mins: Saints bring Robbie Morris on for Robbie Kempson and Mark Stcherbina returns for Johnny Howard

67 mins: After a period of concerted pressure by Bath Rugby on the Saints line, Saints turn the ball over through some wonderful defence. They show tremendous ambition in attacking from behind their own try line but they have an overlap and score a wonderful length of the field try through Bruce Reihana after the ball passes through several pairs of hands. Drahm kicks the conversion and Saints now have a bonus point. Delve comes on for Bath Rugby replacing Feaunati and Joe Maddock makes his debut coming on for Matt Perry. Saints 29 Bath Rugby 9

71 mins: Bath Rugby make another substitution as James Scaysbrook comes on for the second time, again replacing Michael Lipman

75 mins: Nick Walshe makes his Bath Rugby debut replacing Martyn Wood

78 mins: Johnny Howard comes on in place of Mark Robinson for the Saints

79 mins: Andy Beattie scores a late try for Bath Rugby, all of his own making. The ball squirted loose from a ruck, Beattie charged through and flattened the Saints player looking to pick the ball up. Beattie then picked up the ball to score. Malone misses the conversion. Saints 29 Bath Rugby 14

80 mins: David Barnes returns to the field as Duncan Bell comes off for Bath Rugby

80(+4) mins: Full Time

Saints 29 Bath Rugby 14

Att: 12,027

Teams:

Bath Rugby: Matt Perry; Alex Crockett, Robbie Fleck, Spencer Davey, Brendon Daniel; Chris Malone, Martyn Wood; David Barnes, Jonathan Humphreys (c), Duncan Bell; Steve Borthwick, Danny Grewcock; Andy Beattie, Michael Lipman, Zak Feaunati

Subs: Nick Walshe, Lee Mears, Matt Stevens, Joe Maddock, James Scaysbrook, Gareth Delve, Rob Fidler

Northampton Saints: Bruce Reihana; John Rudd, Mark Tucker, Marc Stcherbina, Wylie Human; Paul Grayson, Mark Robinson; Tom Smith, Steve Thompson, Robbie Kempson; Selbourne Boome, Damien Brown; Andrew Blowers, Corne Krige (c), Grant Seely

Subs: Dan Richmond, Robbie Morris, Matt Lord, Darren Fox, Johnny Howard, Shane Drahm, Ben Cohen

Ref: Chris White
Touch Judges: Steve Savage, Stuart Terheege

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