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Bath Rugby take the scalp of Premiership Champions at the Rec

Bath Rugby 18 v Saracens 9

Rhys Priestland scored six penalties, as he helped Bath Rugby record a hard-fought 18-9 victory over reigning Gallagher Premiership Champions Saracens at the Rec.  

It was a strong start from Bath, with Elliott Stooke showing his intent from the outset with a barnstorming run through the Saracens defence. Bath remained patient through the phases in the 22, which resulted in a penalty. Rhys Priestland took the opportunity to put his side in front with just four minutes on the clock. Saracens responded six minutes later, with Lozowski levelling the scores with a penalty of his own.  [3-3]

Wet and windy conditions tested both sides at the Rec in a hugely attritional contest. Saracens continued to test the resolve of the home defence, but the Blue, Black and White held firm. Bath took their opportunity when it arose, with Priestland slotting a straight forward kick from in front of the posts. [6-3]

The Blue, Black and White continued to keep the champions at bay, with the competition's highest scorers unable to break through the resolute Bath defence. It was in fact Bath who kept the scoreboard ticking over with another penalty to send his side into the interval with a six-point lead. 

Half time – Bath Rugby 9-3 Saracens

Saracens quickly reduced the deficit after the interval, with Bath penalised at the scrum shortly after the restart. Lozowski pointed for the posts and his kick sailed through the uprights. [9-6]

Saracens continued to apply the pressure and after missing an earlier attempt, Lozowski's brought his side level with another penalty with just under 30 minutes to play. [9-9]

After a slow start to the half, Bath needed a response. Two successive penalties saw Bath move to within five metres of the Saracens line. A further infringement in the 22 gave the referee no option but to show replacement Ben Earl the yellow card. Priestland put Bath back into the ascendancy, adding another three points to his tally. [12-9]

Despite being down to 14 men, Saracens drew another penalty, but Lozowski missed his mark, as his kick drifted right of the posts. However, the tie took another turn with Ross Batty sent to the sin-bin for blocking Alex Lewington, as Saracens looked to capitalise on a kick over the top. Lozowski eyed up another kick at goal, but couldn't convert the points, with Bath holding a narrow advantage going into the final 10 minutes. [12-9] 

With Saracens back up to their full compliment, they continued to rally but Bath were not ready to surrender their lead. It was fitting that Man of the Match Elliott Stooke came up with a crucial play, as the second row turned back rower secured possession following a line-out in the opposition half. With penalty advantage looming, replacement Kahn Fotuali'i showed his experience to slow the ball down to give Priestland another chance at goal. The fly-half kept his composure and found his target to further extend Bath's lead. [15-9] 

Priestland put the game out of reach with two minutes to go to prevent Saracens coming away with a losing bonus-point. Bath closed out the final stages to record a memorable victory in front of a 14,055 crowd at the Rec. 

Full-time - Bath Rugby 18-9 Saracens 

 

Match details

Recreation Ground
Gallagher Premiership
8 March 2019
KO 19:45

Attendance: 14,055
Referee: Andrew Jackson
Half Time score: 9-3

Bath:
Penalties: Priestland (4, 26, 37, 61, 74, 78)
Saracens:
Penalties: Lozowski (11, 43, 51)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Saracens.

5'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 0 Saracens

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

12'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 3 Saracens

Alex Lozowski kicks a penalty goal for Saracens.

27'

Penalty Goal! Bath 6 - 3 Saracens

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

38'

Penalty Goal! Bath 9 - 3 Saracens

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

43'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 9 - 3 Saracens.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

44'

Penalty Goal! Bath 9 - 6 Saracens

Alex Lozowski kicks a penalty goal for Saracens.

52'

Substitution

Max Clark replaces Jackson Willison for Bath.

52'

Penalty Goal! Bath 9 - 9 Saracens

Alex Lozowski kicks a penalty goal for Saracens.

52'

Substitution

Titi Lamositele replaces Richard Barrington for Saracens.

57'

Substitution

Ben Earl replaces Schalk Burger for Saracens.

59'

Substitution

Christian Judge replaces Vincent Koch for Saracens.

61'

Yellow Card!

Saracens lose Ben Earl for ten minutes.

62'

Penalty Goal! Bath 12 - 9 Saracens

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Tom Ellis replaces Levi Douglas for Bath.

64'

Substitution

Joe Gray replaces Tom Woolstencroft for Saracens.

64'

Substitution

Dominic Day replaces Will Skelton for Saracens.

64'

Substitution

Tom Whiteley replaces Ben Spencer for Saracens.

65'

Substitution

Beno Obano replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Kahn Fotuali'i replaces Will Chudley for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Marcelo Bosch replaces Nick Tompkins for Saracens.

70'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Ross Batty for ten minutes.

73'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Zach Mercer for Bath.

73'

Substitution

Anthony Perenise replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

75'

Penalty Goal! Bath 15 - 9 Saracens

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

76'

Substitution

Matt Gallagher replaces Alex Lewington for Saracens.

79'

Penalty Goal! Bath 18 - 9 Saracens

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 18 - 9 Saracens.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Rhys Priestland006018
Saracens Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Alex Lozowski00309
Bath v Saracens
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PNathan
Catt
1Richard
Barrington
P    
    HTom
Dunn
2Tom
Woolstencroft
H    
    PHenry
Thomas
3Vincent
Koch
P    
    LDave
Attwood
4Will
Skelton
L    
    LLevi
Douglas
5Nick
Isiekwe
L    
    FLElliott
Stooke
6Michael
Rhodes
FL    
    FLMiles
Reid
7Schalk
Burger
FL    
    8Zach
Mercer
8Jackson
Wray
8    
    SHWill
Chudley
9Ben
Spencer
SH    
6   FHRhys
Priestland
10Alex
Goode
FH    
    WRuaridh
McConnochie
11Alex
Lewington
W    
    CJackson
Willison
12Alex
Lozowski
C   3
    CJonathan
Joseph
13Nick
Tompkins
C    
    WJack
Wilson
14David
Strettle
W    
    FBTom
Homer
15Max
Malins
FB    
Replacements
    RHRoss
Batty
16Joe
Gray
RH    
    RPBeno
Obano
17Titi
Lamositele
RP    
    RPAnthony
Perenise
18Christian
Judge
RP    
    RJack
Davies
19Dominic
Day
RL    
    RLTom
Ellis
20Ben
Earl
RFL    
    RSHKahn
Fotuali'i
21Tom
Whiteley
RSH    
    RFreddie
Burns
22Marcelo
Bosch
RC    
    RCMax
Clark
23Matt
Gallagher
RW