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Northampton Saints vs Bath – Match Report

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Northampton Saints came back from a 14-0 deficit at half-time to punish the 2014 finalists Bath 15-14 at Welford Road.

The final home fixture of the season for the Saints started tentatively, with Bath conjuring all 14 points in the space of 10 minutes midway through the first half. Winger Jeff Williams scored a brace of tries, both being converted by Rhys Preistland.

TMO Sean Davey was in action throughout the afternoon – his first port of call l came just 15 minutes in, when Joseph escaped the Saints defence, only for his pass releasing Watson to be deemed forward.

The 100% win ratio at the scrum will inevitably please Mallinder alongside a tremendous forward display from Teimana Harrison who scored his 3rd try of the season and topped metres made for both sides (125m)

South-African born Francois Louw secured 5 turnovers despite missing 7 minutes due to a blood replacement. The back-rower was kept quite however by a resilient defensive display.

The game did go to the final whistle, a superb pick-and-go off the back of a maul allowed hooker Mike Haywood to cross for his 5th career try, and secure the win for Northampton, the crucial extras being added by Myler.

Discipline cost Bath in the latter stages of the game. Chris Cook was sin-binned soon into the second half, the lack of a scrum-half inevitably leading to the Saints’ onslaught of points.

Bath now host Leicester Tigers in a bid to keep their pride in tact. Saints travel to Kingsholm to face Gloucester, as they pursue European Rugby for next year.

 

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