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Northampton Saints end Bath Rugby's unbeaten start to the season

Northampton Saints 24 v Bath Rugby 6

Northampton Saints ended Bath Rugby’s unbeaten start to the season with a 24-6 victory at Franklin’s Gardens.

It was a dominant performance from Jim Mallinder’s side and their attacking promise was rewarded early on, when Courtney Lawes crossed the whitewash after just three minutes. After a well-worked line-out, the ball was swept left, with Tom Collins offloading in the tackle to find Lawes, who made a stretch for the line to score, despite the best efforts of Kahn Fotuali’i. 5-0

Bath were quick to respond through two penalties from the ever-reliable boot of Rhys Priestland, which took the visitors into a 5-6 lead with half an hour gone on the clock. However, with the half-time whistle little more than a minute away, Saints made their long spells of first half pressure pay off with a second try of the evening. The home side used the catch and drive from the line-out to good effect, with Bath unable to stop the momentum of the rolling maul. It was left to David Ribbans, who found himself at the bottom of the pile to take his side into the interval with a six-point advantage.

Half-time score – Northampton Saints 12-6 Bath Rugby

Northampton kicked on from where they left off after half-time, and it was Ribbans again, who notched his second try under the Friday night lights at Franklin’s Gardens. After Charlie Ewels was penalised for a high tackle, Harry Mallinder sent the ball deep into the Bath 22, giving his side further attacking momentum. The set-piece, which was strong throughout the 80 minutes, worked to the home side’s advantage once again and it was left to South African Ribbans to drive over the line from close range to put Saints firmly in control of the game. 17-6

Despite going through a number of phases in the midfield in the second-half, Bath were unable to find the killer instinct, which saw them beat Saracens last weekend at the Recreation Ground. After losing Matt Garvey and Kahn Fotuali’i in the first half, Bath’s task was made even more difficult when the impressive Sam Underhill was forced to leave the field with the 13 minutes left to play.

Down to 14 men for the rest of the game, Northampton continued to pile on the pressure on the Bath defence. Despite the brave efforts to hold the home side out, they fought their way over the line to claim a bonus point, with a fourth try of the evening. Centre Luther Burrell and Mallinder used their quick hands to put George North through on the overlap to make it a night to remember for Saints.

Final score – Northampton Saints 24-6 Bath Rugby

Match details

Franklin's Gardens
Aviva Premiership
15 September 2017
KO 19:45

Referee: Tom Foley
Half Time score: 12-6

Saints:
Tries: Lawes (3), Ribbans (38, 52), North (74)
Conversions: Mallinder (40, 76)
Bath:
Penalties: Priestland (26, 32)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Saints and Bath.

4'

Try for Saints! Saints 5 - 0 Bath

Courtney Lawes scores for Saints.

27'

Penalty Goal! Saints 5 - 3 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

31'

Substitution

Darren Allinson replaces Kahn Fotuali'i for Bath.

31'

Substitution

Paul Grant replaces Matt Garvey for Bath.

33'

Penalty Goal! Saints 5 - 6 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

39'

Try for Saints! Saints 10 - 6 Bath

David Ribbans scores for Saints.

41'

Conversion! Saints 12 - 6 Bath

Harry Mallinder with a conversion for Saints.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Saints 12 - 6 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

53'

Try for Saints! Saints 17 - 6 Bath

David Ribbans scores for Saints.

54'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Beno Obano for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Jack Walker replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Kieran Brookes replaces Paul Hill for Saints.

58'

Substitution

James Phillips replaces Charlie Ewels for Bath.

58'

Substitution

Max Clark replaces Ben Tapuai for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Charlie Ewels replaces Elliott Stooke for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Freddie Burns replaces Matt Banahan for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Campese Ma'afu replaces Alex Waller for Saints.

67'

Substitution

Christian Day replaces Michael Paterson for Saints.

67'

Substitution

Lewis Ludlam replaces Teimana Harrison for Saints.

67'

Substitution

Ben Foden replaces Ahsee Tuala for Saints.

67'

Substitution

Matt Banahan replaces Rhys Priestland for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Scott Andrews replaces Anthony Perenise for Bath.

74'

Substitution

Jacobus Reinach replaces Nic Groom for Saints.

75'

Try for Saints! Saints 22 - 6 Bath

George North scores for Saints.

77'

Conversion! Saints 24 - 6 Bath

Harry Mallinder with a conversion for Saints.

77'

Substitution

James Grayson replaces Harry Mallinder for Saints.

77'

Substitution

Reece Marshall replaces Mike Haywood for Saints.

83'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Saints.

Final score: Saints 24 - 6 Bath.

Saints Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
David Ribbans200010
Courtney Lawes10005
George North10005
Harry Mallinder02004
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Rhys Priestland00206
Saints v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PAlex
Waller
1Beno
Obano
P    
    HMike
Haywood
2Tom
Dunn
H    
    PPaul
Hill
3Anthony
Perenise
P    
    LMichael
Paterson
4Charlie
Ewels
L    
   2LDavid
Ribbans
5Elliott
Stooke
L    
   1FLCourtney
Lawes
6Matt
Garvey
FL    
    FLJamie
Gibson
7Sam
Underhill
FL    
    8Teimana
Harrison
8Taulupe
Faletau
8    
    SHNic
Groom
9Kahn
Fotuali'i
SH    
  2 FHHarry
Mallinder
10Rhys
Priestland
FH   2
    WTom
Collins
11Matt
Banahan
W    
    CLuther
Burrell
12Ben
Tapuai
C    
    CRob
Horne
13Jonathan
Joseph
C    
   1WGeorge
North
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W    
    FBAhsee
Tuala
15Anthony
Watson
FB    
Replacements
    RHReece
Marshall
16Jack
Walker
RH    
    RPCampese
Ma'afu
17Nick
Auterac
RP    
    RPKieran
Brookes
18Scott
Andrews
RP    
    RLChristian
Day
19James
Phillips
RL    
    R8Lewis
Ludlam
20Paul
Grant
RFL    
    RSHJacobus
Reinach
21Darren
Allinson
RSH    
    RFHJames
Grayson
22Freddie
Burns
RW    
    RFBBen
Foden
23Max
Clark
RC