Fixtures - Top Bar

Match Reaction: Saracens 34 Bath Rugby 24

Saracens forwards coach Alex Sanderson enjoyed watching his side come out on top in the vital areas as they beat Bath Rugby at Allianz Park.

The hosts survived a late fight-back as tries in the last ten minutes from Olly Woodburn and a second of the match from Semesa Rokoduguni threatened to bring Bath level.
 
But in the end tries Chris Wyles, Jamie George and Chris Ashton plus 16 points from the boot of Alex Goode and a sole Charlie Hodgson penalty proved enough for Saracens to emerge victorious.
 
And Sanderson was pleased with his side’s efforts following a month-long break from Aviva Premiership Rugby action.
 
He said: “When you play Bath you have got to win that set piece battle, they have been dominating in the scrum winning penalties and meters in the maul all season.
 
“We worked really hard with the forwards in the week battering against each other to near death and it paid dividends today.
 
“We know that Bath are without (David) Wilson and without (Paul) James but they have still got a lot of strength in depth so we are really happy with how the forwards went today.
 
“On the back of that the backs were really clinical in attack and were always making the right decisions that allowed us to score those tries.”
 
After a first-half where both sides struggled to get in to their stride Saracens were able to move up a gear scoring 15 points in the first ten minutes of the second half to move clear.  
 
Bath did threaten a fight-back but after they had got themselves to within seven of their opponents, further indiscipline allowed Goode the chance to deny them a bonus point with a late penalty.
 
Bath head coach Mike Ford was disappointed with his side’s performance, particularly at key moments of the match.
 
He said: “It was disappointing from us throughout the game. Our set piece didn’t function, we were inconsistent at both line-out and scrum and our discipline let us down as well.
 
“We had a terrible start to the second-half, we dropped it straight from the kick-off which led to a penalty and then straight from the next kick-off we conceded a penalty and a try.
 
“I was pleased with the way we came back and if anything in that last ten minutes. I thought we had the momentum and could have got a draw there but again our ill discipline let us down.
 
“We have a huge game next week against Northampton so we will lick our wounds, pick out the positives from this game and come back stronger. “
 
Saracens: Goode, Ashton, Taylor (Streather 13), Barritt, Wyles, Hodgson (Strettle 64), de Kock, Barrington (Gill 68), George (Sharman 70), Du Plessis (Johnston 70), Itoje, Hargreaves, Brown (Smith 70), Burger (Joubert 60), Wray
 
Bath Rugby: Homer, Rokoduguni, Burgess, Eastmond, Woodburn, Devoto, Cook (Young 34), Auterac (Lahiff 55), Batty (Webber 51), Thomas (Palma-Newport 60), Hooper, Day, Garvey (Fearns 51), Louw, Houston (Faosilva 68)
 
Scorers
 
Saracens
Tries: Wyles, George, Ashton
Conversions: Goode 2
Penalties: Hodgson, Goode 4
 
Bath
Tries: Rokoduguni 2, Woodburn
Conversions: Homer 3
Penalties: Homer
 
Referee: Luke Pearce
 
Get 20 per cent off a limited number of tickets to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2015. Visit http://www.tickethour.co.uk/premierrugby/ to take advantage of this great offer.

Latest News

World Rugby welcomes Berlin Consensus Statement on concussion in sport

Expert group publishes comprehensive review of scientific papers on concussion Rugby continues to be aligned with recommended best practice Cross-sport…

Mark Lambert issues rallying call for Harlequins’ top-six push

A third season in a row without top flight European rugby is not an option for a club of Harlequins’…

Gloucester’s Henry Trinder: Top-six place at stake adds to West Country derby

Gloucester will be travelling to The Rec for their West Country derby against Bath in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday…

Henry Trinder

Referee appointments: Barnes, Garner and Doyle all in action

Three of Aviva Premiership Rugby’s most experienced referees will take to the field this weekend as another highly-charged round of…

The Premiership Rugby Final Photographic competition

To mark exactly one month to go to the 15th Premiership Rugby Final, on 27 May, Premiership Rugby are holding a…

Owen Farrell

Wasps team to play Harlequins at The Stoop

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his side to travel to The Twickenham Stoop on Friday night to face…

Josh Bassett

Newcastle Falcons team to face Worcester Warriors

Sonatane Takulua returns as one of five changes to Newcastle Falcons’ team for Friday’s Aviva Premiership visit of Worcester Warriors…

Sonatane Takulua

Heem returns for Worcester Warriors for Newcastle Falcons trip

Worcester Warriors have made four changes to the starting line-up ahead of Friday night’s trip to Kingston Park to take…

Bryce Heem

Harlequins team to play Wasps

Harlequins has announced the team to play Wasps in Round 21 of the Aviva Premiership at The Stoop tomorrow, kick-off…

Nick Evans

Ian Evans to retire from professional rugby

Based on medical advice, Ian Evans has regrettably had to retire from professional rugby following fifteen years in the sport.…

Ian Evans

Saracens to bid farewell to legendary pair against Bristol

On Saturday afternoon Saracens will bid a final farewell to two of the club’s most revered players, with Kelly Brown…

Kelly Brown

Jon Fisher to take a break from professional rugby

Jonathan Fisher, by mutual agreement with Bristol Rugby, has opted to take time out to assess his playing career following…

Jon Fisher

Planning Application for Allianz Park West Stand Improvement Approved by Barnet Council

Saracens are pleased to announce that planning application to improve Allianz Park has now been approved by Barnet Council at…

Allianz Park

Fruean expecting extra special derby for Bath Rugby

The contrasting fortunes of Bath Rugby and Gloucester Rugby in their respective European Challenge Cup semi-finals will add extra spice…

Fitzgerald confident Leicester Tigers can go all the way to Aviva Premiership Rugby Final

Leicester Tigers’ Mike Fitzgerald admits it’s been a tricky year for the club on and off the pitch but is…

Sale Sharks’ Denny Solomona licking his lips at chance to join England ranks

Sale Sharks’ Denny Solomona admits he is relishing the chance to taste international rugby following his inclusion in England’s squad…

Mark Wilson out to help Newcastle Falcons to 15-year high

Having been at the forefront of their improved efforts this season, Mark Wilson is determined to help Newcastle Falcons to…

Mark Wilson

‘Time to pick up where we left off,’ says Wasps’ Matt Mullan ahead of Harlequins showdown

Matt Mullan has his fingers crossed that Wasps can tune back in to the momentum that has taken them to…

Worcester Warriors bring in Defence & Kicking Strategy Coach Omar Mouneimne

Worcester Warriors have recruited Omar Mouneimne as Defence & Kicking Strategy Coach. The South African, who has a wealth of…

Omar Mouneimne