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Farrell kicks Saracens to victory against Bath Rugby at the Rec

Bath Rugby 12 v Saracens 25

Owen Farrell scored 20 points as reigning Gallagher Premiership champions Saracens battled past Bath Rugby to secure a 12-25 victory at the Rec.

In a game that saw nine players from the Rugby World Cup Final feature across the starting line-ups, it was a game filled with international talent on a cold evening under the Friday night lights.

Bath started with a force and a drive, taking the game to Saracens from the off and making their intentions clear to the visitors.

Saracens coming into the game with, what many would consider, their strongest line-up were tested at every possible opportunity by a Bath team keen to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat against Harlequins.

Early pressure at scrum time from the Bath pack forced the error from Saracens and provided Rhys Priestland with the first chance to open the scoring with just three minutes played. The Welsh fly-half made no mistake, as he gave the Blue, Black and White the early lead. [3-0]

In the early exchanges Bath showed real endeavour against a team renowned for its defence. However, six minutes after Priestland’s successful kick, Farrell made light work of the kick from 35 metres out following an infringement at the ruck. [3-3]

The cold conditions were making handling tricky, but Bath capitalised on an offside with Rhys Priestland was once again immaculate from the tee to put his side back in front. [6-3]  

After a slow start by their standards, Saracens were not going to be shaken off easily and Farrell kept the scoreboard ticking over with another successful kick at goal with the game only 17 minutes old. 

After a period of sustained pressure, Bath got their just rewards with the visitors penalised for a Maro Itoje trip on Will Chudley at the ruck with 10 minutes to go in the half. Priestland knocked over the kick with minimum fuss to maintain his 100% record. [9-6]

With the game slowly heading towards the interval, Saracens began to show the quality which saw them win the double last season. From the kick off, Mark McCall’s men pushed and probed with a series of defence splitting breaks and some fine handling sent Scotland international Sean Maitland over the line to push Saracens into the lead for the first time.  Owen Farrell was on point with his conversion to extend the visitors lead to four. [9-13]

Saracens were growing in confidence as the half drew to a close, and despite Bath constantly battering at the Saracens defensive door, a penalty at the scrum in front of the posts gave Owen Farrell the chance to add another three points.

Half-time – Bath Rugby 9-16 Saracens

Saracens came out firing at the start of the second half, with a high defensive line forcing the error from Bath. Owen Farrell took his tally to 14 points with the successful penalty. [9-19]

Bath may have been down by 10 points, but they continued to show resilience and fight epitomised by a phenomenal break by Tom Homer.  After a period of concerted pressure, Itoje was caught off his feet at the breakdown and Priestland duly stepped up and notched another three points to reduce the deficit to seven. [12-19]

From the resulting kick-off, Bath were unable to retain possession and were caught offside, allowing Owen Farrell to make the kick and restore Saracens 10-point advantage with just over 20 minutes to play. [12-22]

Imperious from the tee, Farrell scored another quickfire penalty to give his side a commanding lead with 17 minutes left on the clock in a Man of the Match display from the fly-half. [12-25]

A cynical foul from Itoje saw the England international yellow carded after a barnstorming break from Jamie Roberts with less than 10 minutes remaining. Bath persisted to find the score, which would take them back into losing bonus-point territory.  Despite testing the Saracens line, the visitors proved a tough nut to crack and were unable to find the breakthrough.

Full-time – Bath Rugby 12-25 Saracens

Match details

Recreation Ground
Gallagher Premiership
29 November 2019
KO 19:45

Attendance: 14,509
Referee: Karl Dickson
Half Time score: 9-16

Bath:
Penalties: Priestland (2, 12, 30, 54)
Saracens:
Tries: Maitland (32)
Conversions: Farrell (33)
Penalties: Farrell (9, 16, 38, 45, 57, 62)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Saracens.

3'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 0 Saracens

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

10'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 3 Saracens

Owen Farrell kicks a penalty goal for Saracens.

13'

Penalty Goal! Bath 6 - 3 Saracens

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

17'

Penalty Goal! Bath 6 - 6 Saracens

Owen Farrell kicks a penalty goal for Saracens.

31'

Penalty Goal! Bath 9 - 6 Saracens

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

33'

Try for Saracens! Bath 9 - 11 Saracens

Sean Maitland scores for Saracens.

34'

Conversion! Bath 9 - 13 Saracens

Owen Farrell with a conversion for Saracens.

39'

Penalty Goal! Bath 9 - 16 Saracens

Owen Farrell kicks a penalty goal for Saracens.

41'

Substitution

Ben Earl replaces Jackson Wray for Saracens.

45'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 9 - 16 Saracens.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Nick Tompkins replaces Duncan Taylor for Saracens.

46'

Penalty Goal! Bath 9 - 19 Saracens

Owen Farrell kicks a penalty goal for Saracens.

52'

Substitution

Vincent Koch replaces Titi Lamositele for Saracens.

52'

Substitution

Lewis Boyce replaces Beno Obano for Bath.

55'

Penalty Goal! Bath 12 - 19 Saracens

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Will Chudley for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Ben Spencer replaces Richard Wigglesworth for Saracens.

58'

Penalty Goal! Bath 12 - 22 Saracens

Owen Farrell kicks a penalty goal for Saracens.

58'

Substitution

Nick Isiekwe replaces Will Skelton for Saracens.

63'

Penalty Goal! Bath 12 - 25 Saracens

Owen Farrell kicks a penalty goal for Saracens.

63'

Substitution

Rhys Davies replaces Sam Underhill for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Richard Barrington replaces Mako Vunipola for Saracens.

70'

Substitution

Jack Walker replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Christian Judge replaces Will Stuart for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Matt Garvey replaces Josh Bayliss for Bath.

71'

Yellow Card!

Saracens lose Maro Itoje for ten minutes.

80'

Substitution

Jack Singleton replaces Jamie George for Saracens.

80'

Substitution

Manu Vunipola replaces Owen Farrell for Saracens.

82'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Saracens.

Final score: Bath 12 - 25 Saracens.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Rhys Priestland004012
Saracens Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Owen Farrell016020
Sean Maitland10005
Bath v Saracens
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PBeno
Obano
1Mako
Vunipola
P    
    HTom
Dunn
2Jamie
George
H    
    PWill
Stuart
3Titi
Lamositele
P    
    LJosh
McNally
4Will
Skelton
L    
    LElliott
Stooke
5George
Kruis
L    
    FLJosh
Bayliss
6Maro
Itoje
FL    
    FLSam
Underhill
7Jackson
Wray
FL    
    8Francois
Louw
8Billy
Vunipola
8    
    SHWill
Chudley
9Richard
Wigglesworth
SH    
4   FHRhys
Priestland
10Owen
Farrell
FH 1 6
    WRuaridh
McConnochie
11Alex
Lewington
W    
    CJamie
Roberts
12Brad
Barritt
C    
    CMax
Wright
13Duncan
Taylor
C    
    WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Sean
Maitland
W1   
    FBTom
Homer
15Elliot
Daly
FB    
Replacements
    RHJack
Walker
16Jack
Singleton
RH    
    RPLewis
Boyce
17Richard
Barrington
RP    
    RPChristian
Judge
18Vincent
Koch
RP    
    RFLMatt
Garvey
19Nick
Isiekwe
RL    
    RFLRhys
Davies
20Ben
Earl
RFL    
    RSHChris
Cook
21Ben
Spencer
RSH    
    RFreddie
Burns
22Manu
Vunipola
RFH    
    RGabriel
Hamer-Webb
23Nick
Tompkins
RC