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Bath Rugby seal hard-fought victory over Northampton Saints

Bath Rugby 17 v Northampton Saints 15

Bath Rugby claimed their second win on the bounce with a hard-fought 17-15 victory over Northampton Saints at the Rec. 

It was a pretty scrappy opening first quarter of the game, with the torrential conditions impacting on both sides. Northampton got the first points on the scoreboard through Cobus Reinach for the first try of the afternoon. Piers Francis capitalised on a loose ball in the midfield before storming into the Bath 22, with Reinach pouncing on his own kick through to open the scoring. Dan Biggar added the conversion to put Saints into the lead with 19 minutes on the clock. [0-7]

Northampton continued to press the Bath defence, as they looked to extend their advantage 10 minutes later with the attacking scrum on the 22. Reinach looked for Andrew Symons from the set-piece, but the pass was intelligently read by Burns. From then on it was a foot race, but there was only one winner, as the playmaker ran the length of the pitch to finish under the sticks. The fly-half converted his own try to bring the sides level. [7-7]

Neither side were able to take advantage of any openings in the closing 10 minutes first half, with the score deadlocked at 7-7 going into the interval.

Half-time - Bath Rugby 7-7 Northampton Saints

Burns added to his tally 15 minutes into the second half, to put Bath in front for the first time in the game. It was Semesa Rokoduguni, who setup the scoring opportunity with a chip over the Saints defence on the right wing. A solid chase from Taulupe Faletau saw Bath bundle Saints into touch before referee Karl Dickson awarded the penalty at the resulting breakdown.  Burns made no mistake from the tee, giving his side a three-point lead after 55 minutes. [10-7]

Bath extended their advantage in the 63rd minute to the delight of the 14,150 crowd packed into the Rec. It was Burns, who was at the centre of the move once again, as he opened up the space to attack out wide. Despite skewing his chip over the top, the fly-half re-gathered the ball and offloaded to the supporting Elliott Stooke. The second rower showed his passing range, launching a ball into the hands of Joe Cokanasiga, who ran in his third try in two games. [17-7]

Northampton weren't ready to give up without a fight, as they went through multiple phases in the Bath 22. The pressure paid off, as Dan Biggar slotted three points to take his side within seven points on the scoreboard. [17-10]

The visitors continued to mount attack after attack, and 30 seconds before the final whistle, Saints found their way back in the game. Alex Mitchell darted through the Bath defence and found Tom Collins, with the winger crossing in the corner to leave Biggar with the difficult conversion from the touchline. The Bath support held their breath as the Welsh international stepped up, and fortunately his kick hit the post, which gave the Blue, Black and White their second victory on the trot.

Full-time – Bath Rugby 17-15 Northampton Saints

Match details

Recreation Ground
Gallagher Premiership
22 September 2018
KO 15:00

Attendance: 14150
Referee: Karl Dickson
Half Time score: 7-7

Bath:
Tries: Burns (28), Cokanasiga (62)
Conversions: Burns (29, 63)
Penalties: Burns (54)
Saints:
Tries: Reinach (18), Collins (78)
Conversions: Biggar (19)
Penalties: Biggar (72)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Saints.

8'

Substitution

Max Wright replaces Aled Brew for Bath.

19'

Try for Saints! Bath 0 - 5 Saints

Cobus Reinach scores for Saints.

20'

Conversion! Bath 0 - 7 Saints

Dan Biggar with a conversion for Saints.

29'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 7 Saints

Freddie Burns scores for Bath.

30'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 7 Saints

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 7 - 7 Saints.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Andrew Kellaway replaces Andy Symons for Saints.

51'

Substitution

Ehren Painter replaces Ben Franks for Saints.

55'

Penalty Goal! Bath 10 - 7 Saints

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Harry Mallinder replaces Taqele Naiyaravoro for Saints.

55'

Substitution

Jack Walker replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Elliott Stooke replaces Luke Charteris for Bath.

59'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Max Green for Bath.

59'

Substitution

Zach Mercer replaces Sam Underhill for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Mike Haywood replaces Dylan Hartley for Saints.

61'

Substitution

Francois van Wyk replaces Alex Waller for Saints.

63'

Try for Bath! Bath 15 - 7 Saints

Joe Cokanasiga scores for Bath.

64'

Conversion! Bath 17 - 7 Saints

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

64'

Substitution

Alex Mitchell replaces Cobus Reinach for Saints.

68'

Substitution

Api Ratuniyarawa replaces David Ribbans for Saints.

68'

Substitution

Mitch Eadie replaces Teimana Harrison for Saints.

73'

Penalty Goal! Bath 17 - 10 Saints

Dan Biggar kicks a penalty goal for Saints.

73'

Substitution

Jacques Van Rooyen replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

73'

Substitution

Anthony Perenise replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

79'

Try for Saints! Bath 17 - 15 Saints

Tom Collins scores for Saints.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 17 - 15 Saints.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Freddie Burns121012
Joe Cokanasiga10005
Saints Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Cobus Reinach10005
Dan Biggar01105
Tom Collins10005
Bath v Saints
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PNathan
Catt
1Alex
Waller
P    
    HTom
Dunn
2Dylan
Hartley
H    
    PHenry
Thomas
3Ben
Franks
P    
    LDave
Attwood
4David
Ribbans
L    
    LLuke
Charteris
5Courtney
Lawes
L    
    FLTom
Ellis
6Jamie
Gibson
FL    
    FLSam
Underhill
7Lewis
Ludlam
FL    
    8Taulupe
Faletau
8Teimana
Harrison
8    
    SHMax
Green
9Cobus
Reinach
SH1   
1 21FHFreddie
Burns
10Dan
Biggar
FH 1 1
   1WJoe
Cokanasiga
11Tom
Collins
W1   
    CJackson
Willison
12Piers
Francis
C    
    CAled
Brew
13Andy
Symons
C    
    WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Taqele
Naiyaravoro
W    
    FBDarren
Atkins
15Ahsee
Tuala
FB    
Replacements
    RHJack
Walker
16Mike
Haywood
RH    
    RPJacques
Van Rooyen
17Francois
van Wyk
RP    
    RPAnthony
Perenise
18Ehren
Painter
RP    
    RLElliott
Stooke
19Api
Ratuniyarawa
RL    
    RFLZach
Mercer
20Mitch
Eadie
R8    
    RSHChris
Cook
21Alex
Mitchell
RSH    
    RRhys
Priestland
22Andrew
Kellaway
RC    
    RCMax
Wright
23Harry
Mallinder
RW