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Bath Rugby lose game of two halves to Saracens

Saracens 19 v Bath Rugby 13

Bath Rugby lost 19-13 to Saracens this afternoon at Allianz Park, having been unable to capitalise on an impressive first-half display. 

Rhys Priestland opened Bath's account within the first three minutes, after the fly-half had put Matt Banahan into space for a surging run into Saracens' 22. Bath appeared to have rumbled over for a try, but instead had to make do with three points from the Welsh fly-half. 0-3. 

Bath were quick to re-emerge as a threat deep in Saracens territory and, thanks to pressure from chasing tighthead Henry Thomas, the home team were forced into making a short kick into touch from their 22. From there, Bath won the lineout and soon went wide, before debutant Dan Bowden gave a delayed pass to fullback Tom Homer for the try. 

Priestland made a remarkable conversion from out wide to give Bath a 0-10 lead. Bath then repelled wave after wave of attack from the men in red and black, punctuated by some probing kicks into Saracens territory. 

On the stroke of half-time, Saracens infringed at the maul as Bath rolled forwards in the home 22, allowing a grateful Priestland to take an extra three points into the break. 

Half-time: Saracens 0-13 Bath Rugby

It took until the 45th minute for Saracens to register any points, when fly-half Charlie Hodgson struck a penalty kick in front of Bath's posts. 3-13.

Hodgson followed that up with another as Bath's discipline started to let the visitors down. 6-13. 

In the final ten minutes, a deflected Bath kick put Saracens onside. The home team piled behind the ball and Schalk Brits touched down for a try that was converted by Hodgson to level the scores. 13-13.

Thirteen-all quickly became 16-13 as Hodgson kicked a further penalty not long after. Bath were then found guilty of impeding Saracens' lineout and Hodgson succeeded again with the boot. 19-13.

Bath couldn't stymie the referee's whistle thereafter and Saracens closed out what had been a lop-sided contest between the two sides.

Full time: Saracens 19-13 Bath Rugby

Match details

Allianz Park
Aviva Premiership
30 January 2016
KO 15:15

Referee: Dean Richards
Half Time score: 0-13

Saracens:
Tries: Brits (70)
Conversions: Hodgson (71)
Penalties: Hodgson (45, 48, 73, 77)
Bath:
Tries: Homer (12)
Conversions: Priestland (13)
Penalties: Priestland (4, 40)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Saracens and Bath.

5'

Penalty Goal! Saracens 0 - 3 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

13'

Try for Bath! Saracens 0 - 8 Bath

Tom Homer scores for Bath.

14'

Conversion! Saracens 0 - 10 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

18'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Nick Auterac for Bath.

41'

Penalty Goal! Saracens 0 - 13 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Saracens 0 - 13 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Kelly Brown replaces Michael Rhodes for Saracens.

46'

Penalty Goal! Saracens 3 - 13 Bath

Charlie Hodgson kicks a penalty goal for Saracens.

49'

Penalty Goal! Saracens 6 - 13 Bath

Charlie Hodgson kicks a penalty goal for Saracens.

57'

Substitution

Nick Tompkins replaces Marcelo Bosch for Saracens.

57'

Substitution

Titi Lamositele replaces Richard Barrington for Saracens.

58'

Substitution

David Wilson replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

58'

Substitution

Tom Ellis replaces Dominic Day for Bath.

59'

Substitution

Max Clark replaces Dan Bowden for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Alafoti Fa'osiliva replaces Leroy Houston for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Ben Spencer replaces Richard Wigglesworth for Saracens.

69'

Substitution

Hayden Smith replaces Jim Hamilton for Saracens.

71'

Try for Saracens! Saracens 11 - 13 Bath

Schalk Brits scores for Saracens.

72'

Conversion! Saracens 13 - 13 Bath

Charlie Hodgson with a conversion for Saracens.

72'

Substitution

Guy Mercer replaces Matt Garvey for Bath.

74'

Penalty Goal! Saracens 16 - 13 Bath

Charlie Hodgson kicks a penalty goal for Saracens.

78'

Penalty Goal! Saracens 19 - 13 Bath

Charlie Hodgson kicks a penalty goal for Saracens.

80'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose David Wilson for ten minutes.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Saracens.

Final score: Saracens 19 - 13 Bath.

Saracens Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Charlie Hodgson014014
Schalk Brits10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Rhys Priestland01208
Tom Homer10005
Saracens v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PRichard
Barrington
1Nick
Auterac
P    
   1HSchalk
Brits
2Rob
Webber
H    
    PPetrus
Du Plessis
3Henry
Thomas
P    
    LMaro
Itoje
4Charlie
Ewels
L    
    LJim
Hamilton
5Dominic
Day
L    
    FLMichael
Rhodes
6Matt
Garvey
FL    
    FLJacques
Burger
7Francois
Louw
FL    
    8Jackson
Wray
8Leroy
Houston
8    
    SHRichard
Wigglesworth
9Chris
Cook
SH    
4 1 FHCharlie
Hodgson
10Rhys
Priestland
FH 1 2
    WChris
Wyles
11Horacio
Agulla
W    
    CBrad
Barritt
12Dan
Bowden
C    
    CMarcelo
Bosch
13Matt
Banahan
C    
    WDuncan
Taylor
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W    
    FBBen
Ransom
15Tom
Homer
FB1   
Replacements
    RJared
Saunders
16Tom
Dunn
RH    
    RHayden
Thompson-Stringer
17Max
Lahiff
RP    
    RPTiti
Lamositele
18David
Wilson
RP    
    RLHayden
Smith
19Tom
Ellis
RL    
    RFLKelly
Brown
20Guy
Mercer
RFL    
    RSHBen
Spencer
21Alafoti
Fa'osiliva
R8    
    RNils
Mordt
22Jonathan
Evans
R    
    RCNick
Tompkins
23Max
Clark
RC