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Bath Rugby edged out at Franklin's Gardens

Northampton Saints 15 v Bath Rugby 14

Bath Rugby were edged out 15-14 at Franklin’s Gardens this afternoon as Northampton Saints fought back in the second-half to take the Aviva Premiership victory.

With a slight advantage at the set-piece, Bath capitalised on errors from the home side to get their first points on the board. The hosts regained possession after Bath had disrupted their lineout, only for the visitors to quickly turn the ball over. Jonathan Joseph grubbered through and Jeff Williams set off in pursuit. It initially looked as if the kick from the centre would be dealt with by the Saints defence, but a slip from Harry Mallinder left the fullback stranded and Williams was on hand to pick the ball up and dot down over the line. Rhys Priestland added the conversion. 0-7, 12 minutes.

It looked as if Bath had doubled their lead shortly after, Anthony Watson jinking his way through the home defence to cross the whitewash, only for referee Wayne Barnes, after consultation with the Television Match Official, to rule the score out for a forward pass in the build-up.

In the 21st minute, Northampton were on the attack, but a big tackle from Ollie Devoto put Luther Burrell under pressure and caused the centre to throw a loose pass. Joseph was quickest to react and again kicked ahead. Williams raced off his wing, beating opposite number Ken Pisi to the ball. The former 7s star put boot to ball to skilfully hack ahead and then dived onto the bouncing ball to score. Priestland was again on target with the conversion, giving Bath 0-14 lead after the opening quarter.

Whilst the visitors had the advantage on the scoreboard, it was Saints who enjoyed the majority of possession and territory. They were unable to make it count though, coming up against a stubborn Bath defence that held them out and drew penalties to relieve the pressure at key moments.

It was the 39th minute before the home side looked to have scored – George North diving over in the corner from close range – but the TMO showed that the final pass was forward, so no try was given.

Half-time: Northampton Saints 0 – Bath Rugby 14

Bath were defending almost from the kick-off, and when Chris Cook was shown a yellow card, it offered Saints a numerical advantage they were quick to utilise.

Northampton repeatedly turned to their driving maul in their attempts to score, and it paid off in the 56th minute when Teimana Harrison peeled off the back and powered over in the corner, despite the last-ditch tackle from Dave Attwood.

Stephen Myler missed the conversion from out wide, but he made amends on the 62nd minute with a penalty to take Saints to within a converted try on the scoreboard. 8-14.

The bounce of the ball had been Williams’s ally in the first-half, but it turned against him in the second, denying him his hat-trick try. Replacement fly-half George Ford saw the winger in space and chipped across the field, only for the ball to bounce just a fraction out of the hands of the on-coming Williams.

Saints cranked up the pressure, and Bath battled hard to keep them from adding to their points tally.

Late in the game, Francois Louw and replacement scrum-half Will Homer held Tom Wood up over the line, only for Barnes to award a penalty against them for being offside. It gave the hosts the final chance they needed. Myler went for the corner, and whilst Bath were able to repel the initial drive that came, hooker Mikey Haywood darted around the side, ball in hand, to get the try. Myler kept his composure to add the conversion, taking Saints into the lead for the first time in the game, and it was a lead they held onto until the final whistle blew.

Final score: Northampton Saints 15 – Bath Rugby 14.

 

Match details

Franklin's Gardens
Aviva Premiership
30 April 2016
KO 15:15

Attendance: 15,249
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Half Time score: 0-14

Saints:
Tries: Harrison (56), Haywood (72)
Conversions: Myler (74)
Penalties: Myler (61)
Bath:
Tries: Williams (10, 19)
Conversions: Priestland (11, 20)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Saints and Bath.

2'

Substitution

Leroy Houston replaces Francois Louw for Bath.

9'

Substitution

Francois Louw replaces Leroy Houston for Bath.

11'

Try for Bath! Saints 0 - 5 Bath

Jeff Williams scores for Bath.

12'

Conversion! Saints 0 - 7 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

20'

Try for Bath! Saints 0 - 12 Bath

Jeff Williams scores for Bath.

21'

Conversion! Saints 0 - 14 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

32'

Substitution

Paul Hill replaces Kieran Brookes for Saints.

39'

Substitution

Kieran Brookes replaces Paul Hill for Saints.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Saints 0 - 14 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

44'

Substitution

Paul Hill replaces Kieran Brookes for Saints.

47'

Substitution

James Wilson replaces George Pisi for Saints.

49'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Chris Cook for ten minutes.

53'

Substitution

George Pisi replaces James Wilson for Saints.

55'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces David Wilson for Bath.

57'

Try for Saints! Saints 5 - 14 Bath

Teimana Harrison scores for Saints.

58'

Substitution

Dominic Day replaces Dave Attwood for Bath.

59'

Substitution

Campese Ma'afu replaces Alex Waller for Saints.

59'

Substitution

Victor Matfield replaces Christian Day for Saints.

59'

Substitution

James Wilson replaces George Pisi for Saints.

59'

Substitution

Will Homer replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

62'

Penalty Goal! Saints 8 - 14 Bath

Stephen Myler kicks a penalty goal for Saints.

63'

Substitution

George Ford replaces Rhys Priestland for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Leroy Houston replaces Matt Garvey for Bath.

64'

Substitution

Kahn Fotuali'i replaces Lee Dickson for Saints.

72'

Substitution

Ben Nutley replaces Teimana Harrison for Saints.

73'

Try for Saints! Saints 13 - 14 Bath

Mike Haywood scores for Saints.

75'

Conversion! Saints 15 - 14 Bath

Stephen Myler with a conversion for Saints.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Saints.

Final score: Saints 15 - 14 Bath.

Saints Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Mike Haywood10005
Teimana Harrison10005
Stephen Myler01105
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Jeff Williams200010
Rhys Priestland02004
Saints v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PAlex
Waller
1Nathan
Catt
P    
   1HMike
Haywood
2Rob
Webber
H    
    PKieran
Brookes
3David
Wilson
P    
    LCourtney
Lawes
4Charlie
Ewels
L    
    LChristian
Day
5Dave
Attwood
L    
    FLJamie
Gibson
6Matt
Garvey
FL    
    FLTom
Wood
7Francois
Louw
FL    
   18Teimana
Harrison
8David
Denton
8    
    SHLee
Dickson
9Chris
Cook
SH    
1 1 FHStephen
Myler
10Rhys
Priestland
FH 2  
    WGeorge
North
11Matt
Banahan
W    
    CLuther
Burrell
12Ollie
Devoto
C    
    CGeorge
Pisi
13Jonathan
Joseph
C    
    WKen
Pisi
14Jeff
Williams
W2   
    FBBen
Foden
15Anthony
Watson
FB    
    FBHarry
Mallinder
15Anthony
Watson
FB    
Replacements
    RReece
Marshall
16Tom
Dunn
RH    
    RPCampese
Ma'afu
17Nick
Auterac
RP    
    RPPaul
Hill
18Max
Lahiff
RP    
    RLVictor
Matfield
19Dominic
Day
RL    
    R8Ben
Nutley
20Leroy
Houston
RFL    
    RSHKahn
Fotuali'i
21Will
Homer
RSH    
    RJJ
Hanrahan
22George
Ford
RFH    
    RCJames
Wilson
23Max
Clark
R