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Saracens victorious over Bath Rugby

Saracens 50 v Bath Rugby 27

A clinical second half performance from Saracens gave them a 50-27 victory over Bath Rugby at Allianz Park.

The Blue, Black and White went into the lead with an early penalty, following good work from the forwards. Rhys Priestland looked to the sticks and put Bath ahead after two minutes.

Saracens scored the first try of the game through Liam Williams. Saracens worked the ball out wide to the right wing, with a clever cross-field move. Goode broke though the Bath defence before offloading to the winger. The conversion was unsuccessful and the home side had a two-point lead after 12 minutes. [5-3]

The home side scored their second try just three minutes later. A line-out just outside the Bath 22 was utilised well, the ball was spread wide and Alex Lozowski sent Alex Goode through on a clever line to score. Farrell converted to give Saracens a nine point lead. [12-3]

Bath closed the gap to six points on the 26th minute mark. Priestland slotting a monstrous penalty kick from 47 metres out. [12-6]

Saracens responded just four minutes later, following a scrum penalty against Bath led to a five-metre line-out for the hosts. The set piece was neatly worked and Saracens went over for their third try of the match. Farrell made no mistake with the touchline conversion. [19-6]

Bath responded moments later courtesy of a opportunistic effort from Chris Cook. The scrum-half rushed out from the Saracens line-out just outside the Bath 22 and intercepted. Cook showed his pace and ran the length of the pitch to score Bath’s first try of the game. Priestland converted from the touchline to narrow the gap to six points once again. [19-13]

Saracens showed patience and worked their way up the field and into the Bath 22, to open up another scoring opportunity. The hosts continued to go through the phases before the ball was distributed to Nick Tompkins who beat the defender and ran into score the bonus-point try on the 38th minute mark. Farrell extended Saracens lead from the tee. [26-13]

The half wasn’t over just yet with Bath next on the scoreboard with Tom Homer finishing a flowing attacking move. Bath turned the ball over on halfway and the ball was spread out wide and found Darren Atkins. The full-back charged up the field beating his defender, before drawing in the last man, providing a no look pass to Homer, who ran in to score in the corner. Priestland made no mistake with the touchline conversion. [26-20] 

Half time - Saracens 26-20 Bath Rugby

Saracens started the second half strongly with Prop Titi Lamositele breaking out of a tackle on the right wing before unselfishly giving the ball to Williams who went in to score his second try. Farrell added the extras and the hosts led by 13 points after 41 minutes. [33-20]

Saracens continued to apply pressure after the break and Williams went in for his third try after 53 minutes, with Alex Goode the architect of the move. The full-back sidestepped his man on the Bath 22 and drawing in several defenders before cleverly offloading to the winger. Farrell failed to add the extras. [38-20]

Come the 62nd minute, Saracens found themselves in a good attacking position once again, but this time it was Bath who struck. Tom Homer read Farrell’s pass as he tried to distribute wide and the winger outran the Saracens defence to score his second in spectacular fashion. Burns made no mistake with the extras, slotting the touchline conversion. [38-27]

Saracens landed the killer blow four minutes later. The home side found themselves camped inside the Bath 22, before the ball was distributed out wide to the influential Goode. The full-back found Sean Maitland on the left wing, with the Scottish international beating the defender to score. [43-27]

The final try of the match came in the 78th minute. Following a scrum penalty, the hosts found themselves with a line-out five metres out. A powerful rolling maul from the home side sent Christopher Tolofua over the whitewash to complete the victory for the reigning Gallagher Premiership champions. [50-27] 

Full-time - Saracens 50-27 Bath Rugby

Match details

Allianz Park
Gallagher Premiership
29 September 2018
KO 15:00

Attendance: 8493
Referee: Tom Foley
Half Time score: 26-20

Saracens:
Tries: Williams (11, 41, 52), Goode (14), George (29), Tompkins (37), Maitland (66), Tolofua (77)
Conversions: Farrell (15, 30, 38, 42, 78)
Bath:
Tries: Cook (33), Homer (40, 61)
Conversions: Priestland (34, 41), Burns (62)
Penalties: Priestland (2, 26)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Saracens and Bath.

3'

Penalty Goal! Saracens 0 - 3 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

12'

Try for Saracens! Saracens 5 - 3 Bath

Liam Williams scores for Saracens.

15'

Try for Saracens! Saracens 10 - 3 Bath

Alex Goode scores for Saracens.

16'

Conversion! Saracens 12 - 3 Bath

Owen Farrell with a conversion for Saracens.

23'

Substitution

Nick Tompkins replaces Brad Barritt for Saracens.

27'

Penalty Goal! Saracens 12 - 6 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

30'

Try for Saracens! Saracens 17 - 6 Bath

Jamie George scores for Saracens.

31'

Conversion! Saracens 19 - 6 Bath

Owen Farrell with a conversion for Saracens.

34'

Try for Bath! Saracens 19 - 11 Bath

Chris Cook scores for Bath.

35'

Conversion! Saracens 19 - 13 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

38'

Try for Saracens! Saracens 24 - 13 Bath

Nick Tompkins scores for Saracens.

39'

Conversion! Saracens 26 - 13 Bath

Owen Farrell with a conversion for Saracens.

41'

Try for Bath! Saracens 26 - 18 Bath

Tom Homer scores for Bath.

42'

Conversion! Saracens 26 - 20 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

42'

HALF TIME

Match score: Saracens 26 - 20 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

42'

Try for Saracens! Saracens 31 - 20 Bath

Liam Williams scores for Saracens.

43'

Conversion! Saracens 33 - 20 Bath

Owen Farrell with a conversion for Saracens.

53'

Try for Saracens! Saracens 38 - 20 Bath

Liam Williams scores for Saracens.

54'

Substitution

Ben Spencer replaces Richard Wigglesworth for Saracens.

54'

Substitution

Will Skelton replaces Maro Itoje for Saracens.

58'

Substitution

Lucas Noguera Paz replaces Jacques Van Rooyen for Bath.

58'

Substitution

Michael Van Vuuren replaces Jack Walker for Bath.

58'

Substitution

Christopher Tolofua replaces Jamie George for Saracens.

58'

Substitution

Richard Barrington replaces Mako Vunipola for Saracens.

58'

Substitution

Levi Douglas replaces Elliott Stooke for Bath.

58'

Substitution

Schalk Burger replaces Billy Vunipola for Saracens.

59'

Substitution

Max Green replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

59'

Substitution

Freddie Burns replaces Rhys Priestland for Bath.

62'

Try for Bath! Saracens 38 - 25 Bath

Tom Homer scores for Bath.

63'

Conversion! Saracens 38 - 27 Bath

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Victor Delmas replaces Anthony Perenise for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Miles Reid replaces Paul Grant for Bath.

66'

Substitution

Christian Judge replaces Titi Lamositele for Saracens.

67'

Try for Saracens! Saracens 43 - 27 Bath

Sean Maitland scores for Saracens.

69'

Substitution

Alex Lewington replaces Sean Maitland for Saracens.

78'

Try for Saracens! Saracens 48 - 27 Bath

Christopher Tolofua scores for Saracens.

79'

Conversion! Saracens 50 - 27 Bath

Owen Farrell with a conversion for Saracens.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Saracens.

Final score: Saracens 50 - 27 Bath.

Saracens Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Liam Williams300015
Owen Farrell050010
Jamie George10005
Sean Maitland10005
Alex Goode10005
Christopher Tolofua10005
Nick Tompkins10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Rhys Priestland022010
Tom Homer200010
Chris Cook10005
Freddie Burns01002
Saracens v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PMako
Vunipola
1Jacques
Van Rooyen
P    
   1HJamie
George
2Jack
Walker
H    
    PTiti
Lamositele
3Anthony
Perenise
P    
    LMaro
Itoje
4Charlie
Ewels
L    
    LGeorge
Kruis
5Elliott
Stooke
L    
    FLNick
Isiekwe
6Josh
Bayliss
FL    
    FLJackson
Wray
7Francois
Louw
FL    
    8Billy
Vunipola
8Paul
Grant
8    
    SHRichard
Wigglesworth
9Chris
Cook
SH1   
  5 FHOwen
Farrell
10Rhys
Priestland
FH 2 2
   1WSean
Maitland
11Tom
Homer
W2   
    CBrad
Barritt
12Max
Wright
C    
    CAlex
Lozowski
13Max
Clark
C    
   3WLiam
Williams
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W    
   1FBAlex
Goode
15Darren
Atkins
FB    
Replacements
   1RHChristopher
Tolofua
16Michael
Van Vuuren
RH    
    RPRichard
Barrington
17Lucas
Noguera Paz
RP    
    RPChristian
Judge
18Victor
Delmas
RP    
    RLWill
Skelton
19Levi
Douglas
RL    
    R8Schalk
Burger
20Miles
Reid
R8    
    RSHBen
Spencer
21Max
Green
RSH    
   1RCNick
Tompkins
22Freddie
Burns
RFH 1  
    RWAlex
Lewington
23Jackson
Willison
R