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Northampton snatch last minute victory over Bath Rugby

Northampton Saints 27 v Bath Rugby 26

A last minute try snatched a 27-26 victory for Northampton Saints over Bath Rugby, in a hard-fought contest at Franklin’s Gardens.

The hosts came out firing in the first five minutes of the game but all attempts were met and quashed by the Bath defence. Saints looked like they crossed the whitewash early on however referee Ian Tempest used the TMO to reveal a Bath Rugby hand stopped the grounding. 

Whilst the game started with gusto it took 16 minutes before the first points were found. A penalty awarded at the scrum allowed Northampton an opportunity to kick for goal. Positioned over 40 meters out and on the wing, fly-half James Grayson sent the ball through the posts to give his side the three point lead. [3-0] 

Bath secured the first try of the half, 30 minutes into the game following some exceptional offloading from Dave Attwood and Jonathan Joseph (who were celebrating 150 and 100 appearances for their club respectively). Fly-half Rhys Priestland made good ground before sending Ruaridh McConnochie clear. The winger charged up the left flank, leaving defenders in his wake, dotting the ball firmly down in the corner. Priestland added the extras. [3-7]

Half-Time – Northampton Saints 3-7 Bath Rugby

It didn’t take long in the second half for the first points to be scored, Bath extended their lead three minutes in. A penalty at the scrum gave Priestland the opportunity to further his sides lead, he slotted the ball through the uprights to give Bath a seven point buffer. [3-10]

Northampton responded immediately with their first try of the game coming just three minutes later. The hosts made an impressive break down the right flank, bringing play to just meters out from the try line. As Bath’s defence attempted to regather, the ball was spread out wide to Rory Hutchinson who went over in the right corner. Grayson’s kick from out wide was good and the scores were level. [10-10]

In a game of cat and mouse, Bath responded two minutes later. Powerful carries from Attwood and Nathan Catt took play deep inside Saints half, Mercer received the ball at pace on the Northampton 22, the number eight showed his versatility, slicing through Northampton’s defence, and showing his turn of pace to run in to score. Priestland made no mistake with the extras. [10-17]. 

Saints won a penalty at the set piece and Grayson kept his 100% kicking record clean and added another three for his team with 56 minutes on the clock. [13-17]

The next points of the game came three minutes later as Bath were awarded a penalty after Jackson Willison was taken without the ball. Priestland continued his clean record from the tee to take Bath to seven in front. [13-20] 

The home side did well from the restart, Northampton Saints were patient in the build-up, good carries from the forwards and moments of magic from the hosts back-line brought play to 15 metres out. Alex Mitchell dummied a pass from the base of the ruck and sneaked through a gap in Bath’s defensive line to score. The conversion was good, and the scores were level again. [20-20] 

Joseph showed his class following the set piece, breaking through the Northampton defensive line, taking play to just five metres out. Referee Ian Tempest awarded Bath a penalty at the resulting breakdown and Priestland sent the ball through the uprights to give Bath a narrow lead with 10 minutes remaining. [20-23]

The lead was doubled three minutes later, Priestland sending another penalty over after another breakdown penalty, the fly-half clearly had his kicking boots on. [20-26]

It was Northampton who had the last say however, spending the final five minutes of the game camped just out from the Bath try-line, the hosts picked up a penalty advantage. Lock David took the penalty quickly, catching the Bath defenders unaware and crashing over to score under the posts. The kick from in front sailed over, Saints snatching it at the death. [27-26]

Full-time – Northampton Saints 27-26 Bath Rugby

 

Match details

Franklin's Gardens
Gallagher Premiership
23 February 2019
KO 14:45

Attendance: 12,289
Referee: Ian Tempest
Half Time score: 3-7

Saints:
Tries: Hutchinson (44), Mitchell (64), Ribbans (81)
Conversions: Grayson (45, 64, 82)
Penalties: Grayson (16, 55)
Bath:
Tries: McConnochie (29), Mercer (48)
Conversions: Priestland (30, 49)
Penalties: Priestland (43, 61, 70, 73)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Saints and Bath.

17'

Penalty Goal! Saints 3 - 0 Bath

James Grayson kicks a penalty goal for Saints.

20'

Substitution

Freddie Burns replaces Darren Atkins for Bath.

27'

Substitution

Charlie Ewels replaces Luke Charteris for Bath.

30'

Try for Bath! Saints 3 - 5 Bath

Ruaridh McConnochie scores for Bath.

31'

Conversion! Saints 3 - 7 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

39'

Substitution

Luther Burrell replaces Piers Francis for Saints.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Saints 3 - 7 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

44'

Penalty Goal! Saints 3 - 10 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

45'

Try for Saints! Saints 8 - 10 Bath

Rory Hutchinson scores for Saints.

46'

Conversion! Saints 10 - 10 Bath

James Grayson with a conversion for Saints.

49'

Try for Bath! Saints 10 - 15 Bath

Zach Mercer scores for Bath.

50'

Conversion! Saints 10 - 17 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Jamie Gibson replaces James Haskell for Saints.

55'

Substitution

James Fish replaces Reece Marshall for Saints.

55'

Substitution

Francois van Wyk replaces Alex Waller for Saints.

56'

Penalty Goal! Saints 13 - 17 Bath

James Grayson kicks a penalty goal for Saints.

62'

Penalty Goal! Saints 13 - 20 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Jack Walker replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Jacques Van Rooyen replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Ben Franks replaces Paul Hill for Saints.

62'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Ken Pisi replaces Taqele Naiyaravoro for Saints.

65'

Try for Saints! Saints 18 - 20 Bath

Alex Mitchell scores for Saints.

65'

Conversion! Saints 20 - 20 Bath

James Grayson with a conversion for Saints.

67'

Substitution

Max Green replaces Will Chudley for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Max Clark replaces Jackson Willison for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Alex Moon replaces Api Ratuniyarawa for Saints.

71'

Penalty Goal! Saints 20 - 23 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

74'

Penalty Goal! Saints 20 - 26 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

77'

Substitution

Paul Grant replaces Zach Mercer for Bath.

82'

Try for Saints! Saints 25 - 26 Bath

David Ribbans scores for Saints.

83'

Conversion! Saints 27 - 26 Bath

James Grayson with a conversion for Saints.

83'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Saints.

Final score: Saints 27 - 26 Bath.

Saints Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
James Grayson032012
David Ribbans10005
Alex Mitchell10005
Rory Hutchinson10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Rhys Priestland024016
Zach Mercer10005
Ruaridh McConnochie10005
Saints v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PAlex
Waller
1Nathan
Catt
P    
    HReece
Marshall
2Tom
Dunn
H    
    PPaul
Hill
3Henry
Thomas
P    
   1LDavid
Ribbans
4Dave
Attwood
L    
    LApi
Ratuniyarawa
5Luke
Charteris
L    
    FLJames
Haskell
6Elliott
Stooke
FL    
    FLLewis
Ludlam
7Francois
Louw
FL    
    8Tom
Wood
8Zach
Mercer
81   
   1SHAlex
Mitchell
9Will
Chudley
SH    
2 3 FHJames
Grayson
10Rhys
Priestland
FH 2 4
    WTaqele
Naiyaravoro
11Cooper
Vuna
W    
    CPiers
Francis
12Jackson
Willison
C    
   1CRory
Hutchinson
13Jonathan
Joseph
C    
    WAh See
Tuala
14Ruaridh
McConnochie
W1   
    FBGeorge
Furbank
15Darren
Atkins
FB    
Replacements
    RHJames
Fish
16Jack
Walker
RH    
    RPFrancois
van Wyk
17Jacques
Van Rooyen
RP    
    RPBen
Franks
18Max
Lahiff
RP    
    RLAlex
Moon
19Charlie
Ewels
RL    
    RFLJamie
Gibson
20Paul
Grant
R8    
    RCobus
Reinach
21Max
Green
RSH    
    RConnor
Tupai
21Max
Green
RSH    
    RCLuther
Burrell
22Freddie
Burns
RFB    
    RWKen
Pisi
23Max
Clark
RC