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Brilliant Bath Rugby put Saracens to the sword

Bath Rugby 21 v Saracens 11

Bath Rugby ended Saracens' unbeaten run in the Aviva Premiership at the Rec tonight, beating last season's domestic and European finalists 21-11.

In defeating the London side, Bath also ensured that Saracens came away from the Rec with nothing following their five previous successful visits to the city. It was a fitting result too, since this was tighthead prop David Wilson's 100th appearance for the Club.

The match was a pulsating affair from the start. Just over ten minutes had passed when eventual Man of the Match Semesa Rokoduguni received the ball on his wing, stepped opposite wing David Strettle and took the ball up. It soon found its way to Eastmond, who dashed ahead into Saracens' half and popped inside to Jonathan Joseph to score. George Ford converted to make it 7-0.

Saracens fly-half Charlie Hodgson got the first points for his team with a 19th-minute penalty after a collapsed scrum Ford then watched as two penalty attempts in short succession failed shortly thereafter, but the third – from very much a similar position as the first two – was a good one. Bath now led 10-3 with almost 30 minutes played.

Five minutes before half time, fullback Alex Goode stepped up to take a penalty in front of the posts, with Hodgson receiving treatment. 10-6.

The first half was nearly up when fullback Gavin Henson launched a counterattack. Houston then carried up with Joseph in support. The ball was recycled out to the Bath wing for a near certain try, before it was deliberately knocked down by Chris Ashton. The Saracens winger was sin-binned and Ford delivered another penalty kick to the noisy Rec crowd.

Half time: Bath Rugby 13 – 6 Saracens

It was a breathless start to the second half which then erupted six minutes in. Alafoti Fa'osiliva swept through a midfield gap and thudded into his opponent. Joseph was on hand, as always, and shot out wide in Saracens' 22, finding his midfield partner in support to finish off the move. Ford was unable to convert Eastmond's try. 18-6.

There followed over 10 minutes of obstinate defence by the home side, with the men in Blue, Black and White having to shackle Saracens' heavy strike runners – often in twos.

The visitors' perseverance eventually paid off with almost an hour gone when inside centre Chris Wyles slid over in the corner. Goode failed with the conversion. 18-11.

On their restart, Bath were determined to put more room than a converted try between their opponents. They chased Ford's kick with great speed, pressurising Saracens into a short clearance kick. From the lineout that followed, Saracens pulled down the Bath jumper, allowing Ford to extend Bath's lead with a penalty. 21-11.

There were still 20 minutes of play left, but incredibly 21-11 is how the score remained. Bath even spurned a simple three points in order to wind down the clock – and maybe even get another score – but then knocked on with the line beckoning. A record 13,314 crowd at the Rec broke into euphoric applause as the referee eventually called time.

Full time: Bath Rugby 21 – 11 Saracens

Match details

Recreation Ground
Aviva Premiership
3 October 2014
KO 19:45

Attendance: 13,314
Referee: Greg Garner
Half Time score: 13-6

Bath:
Tries: Joseph (11), Eastmond (46)
Conversions: Ford (12)
Penalties: Ford (26, 39, 60)
Saracens:
Tries: Wyles (57)
Penalties: Hodgson (18), Goode (34)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Saracens.

12'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 0 Saracens

Jonathan Joseph scores for Bath.

13'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 0 Saracens

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

19'

Penalty Goal! Bath 7 - 3 Saracens

Charlie Hodgson kicks a penalty goal for Saracens.

27'

Penalty Goal! Bath 10 - 3 Saracens

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

35'

Penalty Goal! Bath 10 - 6 Saracens

Alex Goode kicks a penalty goal for Saracens.

38'

Yellow Card!

Saracens lose Chris Ashton for ten minutes.

40'

Penalty Goal! Bath 13 - 6 Saracens

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 13 - 6 Saracens.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Ben Ransom replaces David Strettle for Saracens.

47'

Try for Bath! Bath 18 - 6 Saracens

Kyle Eastmond scores for Bath.

49'

Substitution

Kieran Longbottom replaces James Johnston for Saracens.

52'

Substitution

Jim Hamilton replaces George Kruis for Saracens.

52'

Substitution

Richard Wigglesworth replaces Neil de Kock for Saracens.

52'

Substitution

Jackson Wray replaces Jacques Burger for Saracens.

54'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Paul James for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces David Wilson for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Richard Barrington replaces Rhys Gill for Saracens.

58'

Try for Saracens! Bath 18 - 11 Saracens

Chris Wyles scores for Saracens.

59'

Substitution

Anthony Watson replaces Olly Woodburn for Bath.

59'

Substitution

Dominic Day replaces Stuart Hooper for Bath.

61'

Penalty Goal! Bath 21 - 11 Saracens

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Micky Young replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

66'

Substitution

David Sisi replaces Guy Mercer for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Nick Tompkins replaces Duncan Taylor for Saracens.

72'

Substitution

Ollie Devoto replaces Kyle Eastmond for Bath.

83'

Substitution

George Kruis replaces Alistair Hargreaves for Saracens.

84'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 21 - 11 Saracens.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford013011
Kyle Eastmond10005
Jonathan Joseph10005
Saracens Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Chris Wyles10005
Charlie Hodgson00103
Alex Goode00103
Bath v Saracens
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PPaul
James
1Rhys
Gill
P    
    HRob
Webber
2Jamie
George
H    
    PDavid
Wilson
3James
Johnston
P    
    LStuart
Hooper
4George
Kruis
L    
    LDave
Attwood
5Alistair
Hargreaves
L    
    FLAlafoti
Fa'osiliva
6Kelly
Brown
FL    
    FLGuy
Mercer
7Jacques
Burger
FL    
    8Leroy
Houston
8Billy
Vunipola
8    
    SHChris
Cook
9Neil
de Kock
SH    
3 1 FHGeorge
Ford
10Charlie
Hodgson
FH   1
    WOlly
Woodburn
11David
Strettle
W    
   1CKyle
Eastmond
12Chris
Wyles
C1   
   1CJonathan
Joseph
13Duncan
Taylor
C    
    WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Chris
Ashton
W    
    FBGavin
Henson
15Alex
Goode
FB   1
Replacements
    RHRoss
Batty
16Scott
Spurling
R    
    RPNick
Auterac
17Richard
Barrington
RP    
    RPHenry
Thomas
18Kieran
Longbottom
RP    
    RLDominic
Day
19Jim
Hamilton
RL    
    RFLDavid
Sisi
20Jackson
Wray
RFL    
    RSHMicky
Young
21Richard
Wigglesworth
RSH    
    RCOllie
Devoto
22Nick
Tompkins
RC    
    RWAnthony
Watson
23Ben
Ransom
RW