Saracens see off Bath Rugby with clinical second-half display

A clinical second-half performance from Saracens saw the two-time European Champions beat Bath Rugby 41-6 at a blustery Allianz Park.

Saracens opened the scoring with 15 minutes on the clock, following a well-worked line-out. The hosts used the rolling maul to great effect, with Schalk Brits on hand to provide the finish. Owen Farrell stepped up and added the conversion. 7-0.

Bath nearly hit back five minutes later, but Aled Brew was tackled by Williams just short of the try line after a 60-metre break up field. Saracens used the counter-attack to devastating effect, as Williams showed his quality by running the length of the field for their second score of the afternoon on 23 minutes. 12-0  

The visitors got their first points on the board inside the last 15 minutes of the half, with Rhys Priestland closing the gap to nine points with a straight forward penalty. 12-3

It nearly got better for Bath, as they came within a whisker of their first try of the afternoon. Taulupe Faletau broke from a scrum inside his own half, before offloading to Brew, who gained further ground into the Saracens' 22. The Welsh winger then offloaded to Kahn Fotuali’i, but the scrum-half was halted in his tracks by a spectacular try-saving tackle from Nick Isiekwe as the Samoan reached for the line.

The two fly-halves then traded penalties before the half-time whistle blew, with Saracens leading by nine. 

Half-time: Saracens 15-6 Bath Rugby

Saracens came out strongly at the start of the second half, and scored their third try on 44 minutes. Williams was once again involved, as the fullback cleverly offloaded in the tackle to find Richard Wigglesworth, who had the easy run-in from 15 metres out. 22-6

The hosts extended their lead five minutes later when Farrell intercepted a loose pass inside his own half and showed a burst of pace to secure Saracens’ bonus-point try.  The England fly-half dusted himself off and converted the kick to make it a seven-point score. 29-6

Saracens added a further two scores in the final 10 minutes. After a good break from Michael Rhodes, the returning forward found Duncan Taylor, who edged his side closer to the whitewash. The hosts quickly worked the ball out wide, and Schalk Burger finished the move in the corner.

Mark McCall’s men rounded off an impressive performance with a sixth try finished by Ben Spencer, which secured their place in the top four of the Aviva Premiership.

Full-time: Saracens 41-6 Bath Rugby

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