Bath Rugby win three in a row to go fourth

Northampton Saints 3 v Bath Rugby 18

Bath Rugby moved up to fourth in the Gallagher Premiership after securing an 18-3 win over Northampton Saints, having put in a resolute performance to secure a third straight win in Round 16. 

The Blue, Black and White were first on the scoreboard with a Josh Matavesi penalty as Northampton looked to add their own score, they could only level up through a Dan Biggar kick at the sticks. 

As both sides came out in the second-half it was Northampton who came out guns blazing in attack, playing some superb Super Rugby-esque play, but Hooper's men remained resolute and were rewarded as Tom de Glanville found the whitewash in the corner after a superb move out wide. 

Ruaridh McConnochie then capitalised on a lapse of concentration as he intercepted Henry Taylor's loose pass to score under the sticks. 

Rhys Priestland then added the final blow of the game with a penalty just five minutes from time as Bath Rugby prevailed with an excellent defensive performance at Franklin's Gardens. 


KEY MOMENT 

Ruaridh McConnochie pounced on a Northampton error, created by continued defensive pressure. The Bath Rugby winger secured his second try in a row and pushed Bath into a comfortable lead.


REACTION


SCORERS

Northampton Saints 
Penalties: Biggar (32)
Bath Rugby
Tries: de Glanville (57), McConnochie (66)
Conversions: Priestland (67)
Penalties: Matavesi (20), Priestland (74)


GALLERY

Match details

Franklin's Gardens
Gallagher Premiership
26 August 2020
KO 19:45

Referee: Christophe Ridley
Half Time score: 3-3

Saints:
Penalties: Biggar (32)
Bath:
Tries: de Glanville (57), McConnochie (66)
Conversions: Priestland (67)
Penalties: Matavesi (20), Priestland (74)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Saints and Bath.

16'

Yellow Card!

Saints lose JJ Tonks for ten minutes.

18'

Substitution

Miles Reid replaces Zach Mercer for Bath.

21'

Penalty Goal! Saints 0 - 3 Bath

Josh Matavesi kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

28'

Substitution

Zach Mercer replaces Miles Reid for Bath.

33'

Penalty Goal! Saints 3 - 3 Bath

Dan Biggar kicks a penalty goal for Saints.

40'

HALF TIME

Match score: Saints 3 - 3 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

50'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Jack Walker for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Charlie Ewels replaces Will Spencer for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Will Stuart replaces Christian Judge for Bath.

51'

Substitution

Miles Reid replaces Josh Bayliss for Bath.

53'

Substitution

Francois van Wyk replaces Nick Auterac for Saints.

53'

Substitution

Ehren Painter replaces Owen Franks for Saints.

55'

Substitution

Lewis Boyce replaces Beno Obano for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Ben Spencer replaces Will Chudley for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Rory Hutchinson replaces Piers Francis for Saints.

58'

Try for Bath! Saints 3 - 8 Bath

Tom de Glanville scores for Bath.

59'

Substitution

Rhys Priestland replaces Tom de Glanville for Bath.

59'

Substitution

Tom Collins replaces Tommy Freeman for Saints.

59'

Substitution

Samuel Matavesi replaces JJ Tonks for Saints.

62'

Substitution

Ruaridh McConnochie replaces Max Clark for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Lewis Bean replaces Api Ratuniyarawa for Saints.

67'

Try for Bath! Saints 3 - 13 Bath

Ruaridh McConnochie scores for Bath.

68'

Conversion! Saints 3 - 15 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Tui Uru replaces James Fish for Saints.

70'

Substitution

Max Clark replaces Josh Matavesi for Bath.

75'

Penalty Goal! Saints 3 - 18 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

76'

Substitution

Tom James replaces Henry Taylor for Saints.

80'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Saints 3 - 18 Bath.