Bath Rugby undone in Premiership Final by steely Saracens

Bath Rugby 16 v Saracens 28

Bath Rugby were unable to recover from the first-half dominance of Saracens in the Aviva Premiership Final, suffering a 16-28 defeat at Twickenham.

Saracens signalled their intent early on, played the ball wide in the back three and, as it moved to Bath's right wing, Owen Farrell displayed a cute show-and-go to run over unopposed. The fly-half added the extra two points. 0-7.

Bath then watched in despair as Saracens intercepted a dropped ball inside the West Countrymen's half; Saracens hooker Jamie George showing impressive speed to evade the backtracking defenders to make it over the try line. Farrell missed with his conversion. 0-12.

Farrell struck another penalty shortly thereafter following a collapsed scrum in the Bath 22 to take his side 15 points clear.

It took almost half an hour for Bath to register any points on the board. Semesa Rokoduguni, who had shown glimmers of danger throughout the opening exchanges, was obstructed by Alex Goode, allowing the Bath fly-half to knock over a penalty. 3-15.

Just when Bath thought they were back in the game, Saracens endeavoured to intercept another pass. While Jonathan Joseph did outstandingly well to tap tackle Duncan Taylor before the centre got to the try line, Saracens wasted little time in throwing the ball wide and finding Chris Wyles for their third try, converted by Farrell. 3-22.

It must have appeared to be plain sailing for Farrell when, with two minutes left in the half, he kicked another penalty to take his tally in the first 40 to 15 points. 

Half time: Bath Rugby 3-25 Saracens

Ford made it 6-25 after a decent start from the 'home' pack saw Bath drive a maul into Saracens' 22. As the ball went wide, Joseph was tackled high, allowing the fly-half another three-pointer. 6-25.

Bath then won two penalties in succession, leading to a lineout in Sarries' 22. After two minutes of being camped on Saracens' 5m line, Stringer looked outside him and passed to Joseph who, fancying his chances, stretched the opposition with an arcing run to score Bath's first try. They needed the extra points and Ford duly delivered them with his conversion. 13-25.

Another penalty from Ford took the scores to 16-25, only for his kick to be cancelled out by Farrell with 18 minutes to go in the match. 16-28.

As had been the case throughout much of the game, Bath were constantly playing catch-up and, although it did force their play on occasion, they played some beautiful passages of rugby.

Alas, it was too late for the men in Blue, Black and White - who lost fullback Anthony Watson in the opening exchanges of the match to a head injury from a high tackle - to launch any meaningful attack and Saracens wound down the clock to seal the win and earn themselves the title of Champions of England.

Full time: Bath Rugby 16-28 Saracens

Match details

Twickenham
Gallagher Premiership
30 May 2015
KO 14:30

Attendance: 80,589
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Half Time score: 3-25

Bath:
Tries: Joseph (51)
Conversions: Ford (53)
Penalties: Ford (26, 44, 60)
Saracens:
Tries: Farrell (5), George (13), Wyles (31)
Conversions: Farrell (7, 33)
Penalties: Farrell (21, 37, 62)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Saracens.

6'

Try for Saracens! Bath 0 - 5 Saracens

Owen Farrell scores for Saracens.

8'

Conversion! Bath 0 - 7 Saracens

Owen Farrell with a conversion for Saracens.

8'

Substitution

Ollie Devoto replaces Anthony Watson for Bath.

14'

Try for Saracens! Bath 0 - 12 Saracens

Jamie George scores for Saracens.

22'

Penalty Goal! Bath 0 - 15 Saracens

Owen Farrell kicks a penalty goal for Saracens.

26'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 15 Saracens

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

32'

Try for Saracens! Bath 3 - 20 Saracens

Chris Wyles scores for Saracens.

34'

Conversion! Bath 3 - 22 Saracens

Owen Farrell with a conversion for Saracens.

34'

Substitution

Jackson Wray replaces Alistair Hargreaves for Saracens.

38'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 25 Saracens

Owen Farrell kicks a penalty goal for Saracens.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 3 - 25 Saracens.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

45'

Penalty Goal! Bath 6 - 25 Saracens

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

48'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Paul James for Bath.

48'

Substitution

Rob Webber replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces David Wilson for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Juan Figallo replaces Petrus Du Plessis for Saracens.

52'

Try for Bath! Bath 11 - 25 Saracens

Jonathan Joseph scores for Bath.

54'

Conversion! Bath 13 - 25 Saracens

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Schalk Brits replaces Jamie George for Saracens.

55'

Substitution

Dominic Day replaces Stuart Hooper for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Neil de Kock replaces Richard Wigglesworth for Saracens.

59'

Substitution

Matt Garvey replaces Dave Attwood for Bath.

61'

Penalty Goal! Bath 16 - 25 Saracens

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Chris Ashton replaces Brad Barritt for Saracens.

61'

Substitution

Carl Fearns replaces Leroy Houston for Bath.

63'

Penalty Goal! Bath 16 - 28 Saracens

Owen Farrell kicks a penalty goal for Saracens.

66'

Substitution

Brad Barritt replaces David Strettle for Saracens.

68'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Peter Stringer for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Charlie Hodgson replaces Brad Barritt for Saracens.

71'

Substitution

Jim Hamilton replaces Maro Itoje for Saracens.

78'

Substitution

Richard Barrington replaces Mako Vunipola for Saracens.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Saracens.

Final score: Bath 16 - 28 Saracens.