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Bath Rugby topple Saints at the Rec

Bath Rugby 32 v Northampton Saints 9

17 points from the boot of Man of the Match Freddie Burns and a try a-piece for Matt Banahan, Nick Auterac and Ross Batty powered Bath Rugby to a 32-9 victory over Northampton Saints at the Rec.

It was the visitors who got the first points on the board, Piers Francis taking his side to a six point lead with two penalties in the opening quarter. 0-6.

But then Bath fought back, and their first meaningful attack of the game – spurred on by the abrasive Will Hurrell – saw Freddie Burns notch the home side’s first three points of the game from the tee. The fly-half added a further three on the half-hour to draw the sides level after another powerful attack forced Saints to infringe. 6-6.

The home side were in the ascendancy and a third penalty from Burns gave Bath the lead with three minutes left to play of the half.

With half-time looming, the hosts took control of the game when Saints spilled the ball. Ben Tapuai pounced, hacking the ball ahead. Banahan was on hand to gather, and the winger wrong-footed the defending Ben Foden to go round him and score in the corner. Burns was on target with the touchline conversion.

Half-time: Bath Rugby 16 – Northampton Saints 6.

The ten-point lead was one Bath never relinquished. James Phillips bulldozed his way towards the line but was held up, before Burns added his fourth penalty of the night.

Francis responded for the visitors, but Burns was quick to cancel out the three points and restore his side’s 13-point advantage. 22-9.

Bath continued to push hard on the Saints defence - James Wilson and Aled Brew linking up well to threaten down the left wing on numerous occasions, with the former Saint looking particularly dangerous on the ball.

The sustained pressure finally told with ten minutes left to play. Another dominant scrum from the pack saw the ball quickly worked out to Wilson, and whilst the fullback was stopped in his tracks, the ball was recycled and worked through the hands, stretching the Northampton defence. A clever offload from Charlie Ewels found Burns, who spotted the on-rushing Auterac in acres of space and the replacement strolled over the line and score. 27-9.

The home side kept their foot on the throttle, and with three minutes left on the clock, they got their third try. Tapuai offloaded to replacement Josh Lewis, who cut a scything line through the defence. The fly-half was stopped short of the line, but the ball was quickly worked out to Batty for the hooker to score and round off the victory.

Final score: Bath Rugby 32 – Northampton Saints 9.

Match details

Recreation Ground
Gallagher Premiership
9 February 2018
KO 19:45

Attendance: 13,015
Referee: Tom Foley
Half Time score: 16-6

Bath:
Tries: Banahan (40), Auterac (67), Batty (76)
Conversions: Burns (41)
Penalties: Burns (24, 30, 36, 50, 57)
Saints:
Penalties: Francis (5, 17, 53)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Saints.

6'

Penalty Goal! Bath 0 - 3 Saints

Piers Francis kicks a penalty goal for Saints.

18'

Penalty Goal! Bath 0 - 6 Saints

Piers Francis kicks a penalty goal for Saints.

25'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 6 Saints

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

31'

Penalty Goal! Bath 6 - 6 Saints

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

37'

Penalty Goal! Bath 9 - 6 Saints

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

41'

Try for Bath! Bath 14 - 6 Saints

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

42'

Conversion! Bath 16 - 6 Saints

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

42'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 16 - 6 Saints.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

49'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces Max Lahiff for Bath.

51'

Penalty Goal! Bath 19 - 6 Saints

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

51'

Substitution

Darren Atkins replaces Matt Banahan for Bath.

54'

Penalty Goal! Bath 19 - 9 Saints

Piers Francis kicks a penalty goal for Saints.

54'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Lucas Noguera Paz for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Kahn Fotuali'i for Bath.

58'

Substitution

Nic Groom replaces Cobus Reinach for Saints.

58'

Substitution

Harry Mallinder replaces Piers Francis for Saints.

58'

Substitution

Jamal Ford-Robinson replaces Kieran Brookes for Saints.

58'

Substitution

Francois van Wyk replaces Campese Ma'afu for Saints.

58'

Penalty Goal! Bath 22 - 9 Saints

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

61'

Substitution

David Ribbans replaces Christian Day for Saints.

64'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Reece Marshall replaces Mike Haywood for Saints.

65'

Substitution

Josh Bayliss replaces James Phillips for Bath.

68'

Try for Bath! Bath 27 - 9 Saints

Nick Auterac scores for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Luke Charteris replaces Charlie Ewels for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Josh Lewis replaces Freddie Burns for Bath.

75'

Substitution

Nafi Tuitavake replaces Ken Pisi for Saints.

75'

Substitution

Ben Nutley replaces Tom Wood for Saints.

77'

Try for Bath! Bath 32 - 9 Saints

Ross Batty scores for Bath.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 32 - 9 Saints.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Freddie Burns015017
Matt Banahan10005
Ross Batty10005
Nick Auterac10005
Saints Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Piers Francis00309
Bath v Saints
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PLucas
Noguera Paz
1Campese
Ma'afu
P    
    HTom
Dunn
2Mike
Haywood
H    
    PMax
Lahiff
3Kieran
Brookes
P    
    LElliott
Stooke
4Api
Ratuniyarawa
L    
    LCharlie
Ewels
5Christian
Day
L    
    FLMatt
Garvey
6Tom
Wood
FL    
    FLPaul
Grant
7Jamie
Gibson
FL    
    8James
Phillips
8Teimana
Harrison
8    
    SHKahn
Fotuali'i
9Cobus
Reinach
SH    
5 1 FHFreddie
Burns
10Piers
Francis
FH   3
    WAled
Brew
11Ben
Foden
W    
    CBen
Tapuai
12Tom
Stephenson
C    
    CWill
Hurrell
13Rob
Horne
C    
   1WMatt
Banahan
14Ken
Pisi
W    
    FBJames
Wilson
15Ahsee
Tuala
FB    
Replacements
   1RHRoss
Batty
16Reece
Marshall
RH    
   1RPNick
Auterac
17Francois
van Wyk
RP    
    RPHenry
Thomas
18Jamal
Ford-Robinson
RP    
    RLLuke
Charteris
19David
Ribbans
RL    
    R8Josh
Bayliss
20Ben
Nutley
RFL    
    RSHChris
Cook
21Nic
Groom
RSH    
    RFHJosh
Lewis
22Harry
Mallinder
RFH    
    RWDarren
Atkins
23Nafi
Tuitavake
RW