Bath Rugby’s home winning streak came to an end at the hands of the relentless Saracens this evening, the visitors prevailing 10-23.
It was a pointless affair for the first 20 minutes, until George Ford struck a penalty from in front of the posts to draw first blood. 3-0.
It took Saracens only two minutes to reply, however, as Alex Goode responded with his own penalty from slightly further out to draw the scores level. 3-3.
In the 32nd minute, Saracens had worked an overlap for themselves and wing Chris Wyles just managed to hold onto the ball to score the first try of the match. Goode converted, giving Saracens a seven-point lead. 3-10.
A fumble for Bath didn’t work out so well when, with two minutes remaining in the first half, Saracens pounced on the loose ball and kicked through. Dave Strettle ran onto the favourable bounce and touched down. Goode converted to take Saracens into half time at 3-17 up.
Half time: Bath Rugby 3 – Saracens 17
It was the laser-like accuracy of Goode’s boot that extended Saracens’ lead to 17 points as, with quarter of an hour gone in the second half, Bath’s determined defence convinced the fly-half to snap a drop goal. It sailed through the posts, making it 3-20 to the visitors.
Bath desperately needed to score some points – points which came on 72 minutes, when repeated crushing scrums from the home side on Saracens’ 5m line forced the referee to award a penalty try. Ford wasted no time in converting as Bath sought to hit back again straight away. 10-20.
As it was, Saracens were back on the scoreboard within two minutes when Anthony Watson – despite a fantastic fingertip take of a high ball – was penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground. Goode punished Bath with a further three points.
The score remained 10-23 for the rest of what was a frustrating evening for the home side.
Full time: Bath Rugby 10 – 23 Saracens