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Bath Rugby lose in fiery encounter with Saracens

Bath Rugby 10 v Saracens 30

Bath Rugby were beaten by the reigning English champions tonight at the Rec, losing an ill-tempered match 10-30 to Saracens.  

The opening four minutes were full of promise for Bath, spearheaded by the remarkable ability of Anthony Watson to break the tackle - as well as a different type of threat by the heavyweight Charlie Ewels with the ball in hand. 

Alas, Saracens made the slightest opportunity count and, in the fourth minute, piled into an overthrown Bath lineout in the home 22 to score out wide through openside Will Fraser, converted by Owen Farrell. 0-7. 

The home crowd made their displeasure known when Bath were penalised at a scrum in their half, which allowed Farrell to knock over a penalty that extended Saracens' lead. 0-10.

Before half an hour had been played, Farrell struck another penalty in front of Bath's posts to extend Saracens' lead to 13 points. 

In their next visit to Bath's 22, Saracens fullback Alex Goode puts in a lightning-quick pass for replacement back Mike Ellery to score in the corner. Farrell's conversion attempt hit the woodwork for the second time in the first half, leaving the score at 0-18.

Despite the tit-for-tat nature of the scrum, Bath's appeared to have the upper hand overall in the first 40 minutes, and so it proved in the final minute of the first act: a penalty scrum that saw George Ford end the lacklustre half with a three-pointer. 

Half-time: Bath Rugby 3 - 18 Saracens 

Before Bath could get an opportunity to claw back some points in the second half, Anthony Watson was shown a red card in the 50th minute for what the referee judged to be a dangerous tackle in the air. 

Bath's problems were exacerbated just two minutes later as they saw scrum-half Chris Cook sent to the bin for an illegal tackle. The duo's absence told in the 53rd minute when Chris Ashton scored in the corner - Farrell's missed conversion offering the smallest crumb of comfort for Bath. 3-23. 

After the hour, a clever chip from Bath into the Saracens 22 forced the visitors to knock the ball into touch inside the in-goal area. From Bath's 5m lineout, their strong maul allowed replacement number eight Leroy Houston to dive over for the try, converted wonderfully by Ford. 10-23. 

Ten minutes remained when Fraser received the ball on the wing in Bath's 22, drawing the defender and passing back inside for Ashton to score his second try. Farrell's conversion was good, taking Saracens' points tally to 30. 

Full time: Bath Rugby 10-30 Saracens

Match details

Recreation Ground
Aviva Premiership
1 April 2016
KO 19:45

Attendance: 13,518
Referee: Greg Garner
Half Time score: 3-18

Bath:
Tries: Houston (62)
Conversions: Ford (63)
Penalties: Ford (40)
Saracens:
Tries: Fraser (5), Ellery (31), Ashton (54, 69)
Conversions: Farrell (7, 70)
Penalties: Farrell (11, 27)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Saracens.

6'

Try for Saracens! Bath 0 - 5 Saracens

Will Fraser scores for Saracens.

8'

Conversion! Bath 0 - 7 Saracens

Owen Farrell with a conversion for Saracens.

12'

Penalty Goal! Bath 0 - 10 Saracens

Owen Farrell kicks a penalty goal for Saracens.

20'

Substitution

Rhys Priestland replaces Horacio Agulla for Bath.

24'

Substitution

Mike Ellery replaces Marcelo Bosch for Saracens.

28'

Penalty Goal! Bath 0 - 13 Saracens

Owen Farrell kicks a penalty goal for Saracens.

32'

Try for Saracens! Bath 0 - 18 Saracens

Mike Ellery scores for Saracens.

35'

Substitution

Marcelo Bosch replaces Mike Ellery for Saracens.

35'

Substitution

Will Homer replaces Matt Garvey for Bath.

35'

Substitution

Leroy Houston replaces Matt Garvey for Bath.

39'

Substitution

Rhys Priestland replaces Will Homer for Bath.

41'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 18 Saracens

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 3 - 18 Saracens.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Alistair Hargreaves replaces Maro Itoje for Saracens.

50'

Red Card!

Anthony Watson sent off for Bath.

53'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Chris Cook for ten minutes.

53'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

54'

Substitution

David Wilson replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

54'

Substitution

David Denton replaces Amanaki Mafi for Bath.

55'

Try for Saracens! Bath 3 - 23 Saracens

Chris Ashton scores for Saracens.

56'

Substitution

Neil de Kock replaces Richard Wigglesworth for Saracens.

56'

Substitution

Richard Barrington replaces Mako Vunipola for Saracens.

56'

Substitution

Kelly Brown replaces Michael Rhodes for Saracens.

59'

Substitution

Titi Lamositele replaces Petrus Du Plessis for Saracens.

60'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

63'

Try for Bath! Bath 8 - 23 Saracens

Leroy Houston scores for Bath.

64'

Conversion! Bath 10 - 23 Saracens

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

69'

Substitution

Guy Mercer replaces Francois Louw for Bath.

69'

Substitution

Mike Ellery replaces Marcelo Bosch for Saracens.

70'

Try for Saracens! Bath 10 - 28 Saracens

Chris Ashton scores for Saracens.

71'

Conversion! Bath 10 - 30 Saracens

Owen Farrell with a conversion for Saracens.

72'

Substitution

Jared Saunders replaces Schalk Brits for Saracens.

72'

Substitution

Ben Ransom replaces Owen Farrell for Saracens.

75'

Substitution

Will Homer replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Saracens.

Final score: Bath 10 - 30 Saracens.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford01105
Leroy Houston10005
Saracens Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Owen Farrell022010
Chris Ashton200010
Will Fraser10005
Mike Ellery10005
Bath v Saracens
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PNathan
Catt
1Mako
Vunipola
P    
    HRob
Webber
2Schalk
Brits
H    
    PHenry
Thomas
3Petrus
Du Plessis
P    
    LCharlie
Ewels
4Maro
Itoje
L    
    LDave
Attwood
5George
Kruis
L    
    FLMatt
Garvey
6Michael
Rhodes
FL    
    FLFrancois
Louw
7Will
Fraser
FL1   
    8Amanaki
Mafi
8Billy
Vunipola
8    
    SHChris
Cook
9Richard
Wigglesworth
SH    
1 1 FHGeorge
Ford
10Owen
Farrell
FH 2 2
    WHoracio
Agulla
11Duncan
Taylor
W    
    COllie
Devoto
12Brad
Barritt
C    
    CJonathan
Joseph
13Marcelo
Bosch
C    
    WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Chris
Ashton
W2   
    FBAnthony
Watson
15Alex
Goode
FB    
Replacements
    RHTom
Dunn
16Jared
Saunders
RH    
    RPMax
Lahiff
17Richard
Barrington
RP    
    RPDavid
Wilson
18Titi
Lamositele
RP    
   1RFLLeroy
Houston
19Alistair
Hargreaves
RL    
    R8David
Denton
20Kelly
Brown
RFL    
    RFLGuy
Mercer
21Neil
de Kock
RSH    
    RFLWill
Homer
22Mike
Ellery
RC1   
    RWRhys
Priestland
23Ben
Ransom
RFH