Match Report: Northampton Saints 40-19 Bath Rugby

Northampton Saints 40 v Bath Rugby 19

MATCH SUMMARY – NORTHAMPTON SAINTS 40-19 BATH RUGBY

A heavily disrupted Bath Rugby were beaten by Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens. 

Losing Josh McNally in the warm-up, the Blue, Black and Whites fell behind within a minute as Rory Hutchinson ran in for Saints.

Tommy Freeman scored soon after before Sam Underhill replied for the visitors.

Bath then lost half-back pairing Ben Spencer and Danny Cipriani to injuries and Northampton crossed twice through Juarno Augustus.

Lewis Boyce nudged his way over for a score just before the break and fellow prop Will Stuart added to Bath’s tally.

But Northampton sealed their victory via a double from wing Courtnall Skosan.


TEAM NEWS

Will Butt came in for his first Premiership appearance replacing Jonathan Joseph who was carrying knock. Cipriani came in for Orlando Bailey in similar circumstances while Tom Ellis was named in the back row with Miles Reid sidelined. 

Northampton made four changes to their starting XV. Hutchinson returned in the centre with Sam Matavesi, Ehren Painter and Karl Wilkins added to the pack.

Northampton Saints: 15 George Furbank, 14 Tommy Freeman, 13 Fraser Dingwall, 12 Rory Hutchinson, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Alex Mitchell; 1 Alex Waller, 2 Sam Matavesi, 3 Ehren Painter, 4 David Ribbans, 5 Alex Moon, 6 Karl Wilkins, 7 Lewis Ludlam (c), 8 Juarno Augustus 

Replacements: 16 James Fish, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Api Ratuniyarawa, 20 Alex Coles, 21 Tom James, 22 Tom Litchfield. 23 Ollie Sleightholme

Bath Rugby: 15 Tom de Glanville, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Will Butt, 12 Max Ojomoh, 11 Will Muir, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Ben Spencer; 1 Lewis Boyce, 2 Tom Dunn, 3 Will Stuart, 4 Mike Williams, 5 Charlie Ewels ©, 6 Tom Ellis, 7 Sam Underhill, 8 Josh Bayliss

Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Will Vaughan, 18 D’Arcy Rae, 19 Nahum Merigan, 20 Richard de Carpentier, 21 Ewan Richards, 22 Ollie Fox, 23 Gabriel Hamer-Webb 


FIRST HALF 

Saints went on the front foot from the off and crossed in the first minute. The hosts made use of an overlap to the right and Hutchinson scampered across the whitewash.

In response. Tom de Glanville evaded a number of challenges before releasing Spencer. In turn, he went out the backdoor to Josh Bayliss after making 15 or so metres but the ball couldn’t quite stick.

Tom Dunn and Underhill carried well to make metres and the forwards had great early success at the line-out but not before Freeman went over from an inside ball. 

Three penalties moved Bath to the five and a strong maul allowed Underhill to leg drive his way to the line.

Soon after, with Spencer on the floor receiving treatment, Saints made the most of their advantage with their third try. Fraser Dingwall raced away and was superbly hauled down by Butt but managed to pop for Number 8 Augustus to dot down.

The back rower managed to grab his second moments later on a short line with Bath forced into a makeshift backline and down to 14 due to a Mike Williams sin bin.

Second half 

Further changes were needed early in the second half as Williams received a blow to the head but Bath continued to have joy at the line-out and succession of penalties resulted in Matavesi being yellow carded.

The resultant penalty saw Stuart tap and power over to make it 28-19, however Northampton rallied and replied immediately through Skosan.

Attacking intent remained with Bath as Underhill and de Glanville asked questions of the home defence.

Though when Saints did eventually retrieve possession, they managed to make it count. Will Muir and de Glanville put their bodies on the line to stop Ollie Sleightholme from finishing a cross-kick but the ball was quickly recycled and punt to the other corner where Skosan was on hand to score his second. 

Until the very end, Bath tried their best to get a try-bonus. Max Ojomoh – who stepped in at fly-half – sent a looping ball to Muir on the wing and de Glanville dancing footwork made hard ground. Ojomoh again flicked a ball out to Bayliss and his strength forced his way to the five. 

Saints were patient in their defensive system and earned a turnover on their own goalline to thwart Bath and see out the game. 


REACTION


GALLERy


Match details

Franklin's Gardens
Gallagher Premiership
4 December 2021
KO 15:00

Referee: Karl Dickson
Half Time score: 28-12

Saints:
Tries: Hutchinson (1), Freeman (11), Augustus (23, 34), Skosan (50, 68)
Conversions: Biggar (1, 12, 24, 35), Furbank (69)
Bath:
Tries: Underhill (16), Boyce (39), Stuart (48)
Conversions: de Glanville (40, 49)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Saints and Bath.

2'

Try for Saints! Saints 5 - 0 Bath

Rory Hutchinson scores for Saints.

2'

Conversion! Saints 7 - 0 Bath

Dan Biggar with a conversion for Saints.

12'

Try for Saints! Saints 12 - 0 Bath

Tommy Freeman scores for Saints.

13'

Conversion! Saints 14 - 0 Bath

Dan Biggar with a conversion for Saints.

17'

Try for Bath! Saints 14 - 5 Bath

Sam Underhill scores for Bath.

21'

Substitution

Gabriel Hamer-Webb replaces Danny Cipriani for Bath.

24'

Try for Saints! Saints 19 - 5 Bath

Juarno Augustus scores for Saints.

25'

Conversion! Saints 21 - 5 Bath

Dan Biggar with a conversion for Saints.

26'

Substitution

Ollie Fox replaces Ben Spencer for Bath.

28'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Mike Williams for ten minutes.

35'

Try for Saints! Saints 26 - 5 Bath

Juarno Augustus scores for Saints.

36'

Conversion! Saints 28 - 5 Bath

Dan Biggar with a conversion for Saints.

40'

Try for Bath! Saints 28 - 10 Bath

Lewis Boyce scores for Bath.

41'

Conversion! Saints 28 - 12 Bath

Tom de Glanville with a conversion for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Saints 28 - 12 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

45'

Substitution

Ewan Richards replaces Mike Williams for Bath.

45'

Substitution

Api Ratuniyarawa replaces Alex Moon for Saints.

45'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Alex Waller for Saints.

45'

Substitution

Paul Hill replaces Ehren Painter for Saints.

47'

Yellow Card!

Saints lose Samuel Matavesi for ten minutes.

49'

Try for Bath! Saints 28 - 17 Bath

Will Stuart scores for Bath.

50'

Conversion! Saints 28 - 19 Bath

Tom de Glanville with a conversion for Bath.

51'

Substitution

D'Arcy Rae replaces Will Stuart for Bath.

51'

Try for Saints! Saints 33 - 19 Bath

Courtnall Skosan scores for Saints.

55'

Substitution

James Fish replaces Karl Wilkins for Saints.

60'

Substitution

Jacques du Toit replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

60'

Substitution

Karl Wilkins replaces Samuel Matavesi for Saints.

60'

Substitution

James Fish replaces Samuel Matavesi for Saints.

64'

Substitution

Richard de Carpentier replaces for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Ollie Sleightholme replaces Dan Biggar for Saints.

69'

Try for Saints! Saints 38 - 19 Bath

Courtnall Skosan scores for Saints.

70'

Conversion! Saints 40 - 19 Bath

George Furbank with a conversion for Saints.

70'

Substitution

Tom James replaces Alex Mitchell for Saints.

70'

Substitution

Alex Coles replaces Alex Mitchell for Saints.

70'

Substitution

Tom Litchfield replaces Fraser Dingwall for Saints.

70'

Substitution

Will Vaughan replaces Lewis Boyce for Bath.

76'

Substitution

Nahum Merigan replaces Josh Bayliss for Bath.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Saints.

Final score: Saints 40 - 19 Bath.